Keeping it real with Billy Miranda
Twenty-one-year-old Billy Miranda only knew a life of crime. He got caught up in gangs and spearheaded several criminal operations. But one day, he had a revelation, a life-changing experience which saw him giving his heart to God.
Is life easier now or does he long for the privileges he received as a 'bad man'?
"Everyone will have their past flash before them at some point in time, but do I long to go back to what I did? No, I don't. I'm used to money and what it can do. I'm used to persons looking up or fearing me, for want of a better word. I'm used to sex. Those things have now lost their appeal and I'm seeking a stronger bond with God," he said.
Miranda, who holds prayer to be the ultimate channel one can take for redemption, deliverance and consistent strength, hails his mother as the warrior who helped and continues to help him through difficult times.
"My mother has always been a prayer warrior and she has prayed me up non-stop. She has led me to realise that no matter how deep you are in sin, you can be delivered. Several mornings, before day, I come in the house and see my mother crying, and I know that every sincere prayer is heard. Here I am today."
Moving from just ministering to his friends from the community, Miranda is now ministering to people all over the world.
"I am one of few persons from my area who have become Christians and have stuck to it. I have gone all over the world preaching the word of God. I have been to Cayman, Canada, Brooklyn, California, Turks and Caicos, and Antigua, and, so far, I have been to 12 parishes in Jamaica."
Having gone four years into his new life, with majority of his family members following him, the young evangelist is now president of Jesus is the Way Prayer Ministry.
"The prayer ministry has been touching hearts and changing lives. I hope to finish my tertiary education in the next five years, find the person that is right for me, start a business, and truly, finance my ministry, helping youth, in particular, to become better persons," he said.