For ten years Ramon Pedro lived as a transvestite and drag queen before a near death experience revealed his true identity
"I saw myself as a transvestite and I remember why I felt like a waste every time I took my mask of make-up off my face... because it was not the real me," Ramon shared with Marcus Augusto Macedo from the Voz da Bahia website.
The 27-year-old Brazilian explains how he carried the scars of sexual abuse as a child and used drugs to numb the pain of his past.
"I mixed different drugs and had one foot in the grave. I started with marijuana and then cocaine and then LSD," he admits.
"A chasm was opened in me. I wanted nothing else but to be wasted. I was literally the slave of drugs and I lived for it."
Then a drug overdose led to a cardiopulmonary attack and Ramon shares how, as he was dying, God revealed Himself.
After a miraculous recovery Ramon started reading the Bible to discover what it all meant.
He says he identified with the Apostle Paul, who turned from persecuting Christians to serving their God when Jesus revealed Himself to him on the Road to Emmaus.
"I was like Paul: I didn't like Christians, I didn't believe in anything and when I had the experience with God, I began to believe in everything that I knew nothing about before," Ramon says.
"I read the first chapter of the epistle to the Romans and the masks began to come off as I read those words."
Ramon remembers having mixed feelings, especially when he read in Romans chapter 1 verses 26 and 27 that homosexuality was wrong in God's eyes.
“The same God who changed my life can change yours”Then, while at a rave party, things clicked into place and he knew what he needed to do.
"I prayed to the Lord with all my heart," Ramon recalls. "I did as Isaiah chapter 58 says by proclaiming the name of the Lord out loud and saying, 'God, if You, Lord, exist, then enter right away into my life and change my story! I regret being who I am now... I feel weak and I can't go on like this by myself! If the Lord exists, may He Himself talk to me in this place'."
The moment he shouted these words he says they penetrated his heart and he felt the supernatural power of God set him free from his old life.
"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free," Ramon explains, quoting from Jesus' words in John chapter 8 verse 32.
Two years later, he has a new heart and mission to share his story and help others who are struggling with homosexuality, pornography and drug addictions.
"I have a principle: love people rather than things," he shares now.
While covered in tattoos that remind him of his past life, Ramon says he is glad God has forgiven him and offered him a second chance at life.
"God never created homosexuals and so no ex-homosexuals either," he says boldly.
"For those who think they are born a murderer, thief, adulterer, or homosexual: there is a possibility to be born again and that's through Jesus Christ."
While some might not agree with Ramon, he is not afraid to share the truth of God's Word on the topic in a loving way.
"I'm against hatred and spreading it. I'm all for love. Don't wait until you suffer before accepting Jesus. You can have the feeling of being happy with everything that you do in life— maybe you never dealt with drugs or the things I've dealt with. But I want to tell you one thing: the same God who changed my life can change yours. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Today Ramon preaches this message and runs ministry programmes in his hometown of Salvador in Brazil. He is happily married to his wife Raiane.•