Bro. Jimmy grew up being a sissy. At age 12, all his friends were girls. As he grew older, he became an outright gay. He loved going out at nights and reveling in disco houses with his gay friends. He learned to smoke marijuana and later on became a pimp in a “beerhouse”. Every night, he went out to do this job and at the same time to indulge in his vices.
One night, he joined a beauty contest for gays in an adjacent town. After the pageant, he and his gay friends went to a disco house to celebrate. It so happened that at the same night, his “kuya” (older brother) and his friends went out, too, and entered the same disco house.
Bro. Jimmy couldn’t be recognized for he was wearing a complete girl ensemble from head to toe. It didn’t take long and his older brother (not recognizing him at all) and his friends came to their table and they asked Bro. Jimmy’s friends (who were all wearing girl’s clothing complete with makeup) to dance, leaving Bro. Jimmy and his older brother at the table. Later on, his “kuya” asked him to dance, too.
They “got to know each other”. Bro. Jimmy’s name was Shellylou, a name he often used when joining gay pageants. Unfortunately, his older brother “fell in love” with Shellylou.
The next morning, Bro. Jimmy asked his brother about his night in town, and his brother told him about meeting a “girl” named Shellylou and how he had fallen for “her” and he was going to look for “her” house.
Too scared to let the problem become worse, Bro. Jimmy confessed to his “kuya” that he was Shellylou. His “kuya” was so angry he beat Bro. Jimmy black and blue, pouring out all his fury and frustration why his younger brother became hopelessly gay.
Bro. Jimmy continued to go out every night, returning home only at the break of day. When he arrived home one morning, his father told him to fetch water and fill up the drum, which he did. When the drum was full, his father submerged him into the water and after a few moments, he lifted up Bro. Jimmy’s head and asked him whether he was a girl or a boy. Bro Jimmy answered that he was a girl (for that was what he really felt). Again, his father submerged him into the water for a longer time and when he lifted up his head, he asked the same question, and Bro. Jimmy answered the same. On the third time, his father was trying to drown him just to make him be a man. When he lifted Bro. Jimmy’s head, he asked the same question, “Lalake ka ba o babae? (Are you a girl or a boy?)”, to which Bro. Jimmy answered, “Sirena! (mermaid!)”
His father told him to leave their house. They couldn’t accept him as he was.
Bro. Jimmy left their home. This was in 1983. He boarded a ship bound for Manila (their family lived in Visayas) although he didn’t have money. He pleaded to the ship’s officer and he was allowed to sail even without a ticket, but he had to endure the trip without food.
Bro. Jimmy tried to look for their relatives in Manila. Later on, he applied as a nanny (for he was still wearing girl’s clothes and long hair) to a Christian family. When the mother found out that he was actually a boy, instead of dismissing him, she brought him to the worship service of the JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY.
Bro. Jimmy accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in His name.
Slowly, Bro. Jimmy’s life changed.
After four years, he and his “kuya” (brother) met again in 1987, and that was during the JMCIM crusade in Luneta Park, Manila. His “kuya” was surprised to see him changed, decently clothed as a man. He and his older brother joyfully reconciled.
Later on, Bro. Jimmy and his father also reconciled, forgiving each other for what each had done.
Bro. Jimmy became a pastoral worker of JMCIM and he continues to serve the Lord faithfully to this day.
Halleluia! To God be the glory!
– Sis. Rina Peru