If you’re expecting a same-old-same-old version of a dramatic transformation, buckle up, you’re in for a surprise.
In the clubs and streets of LA, she was known for partying and violence. Going by ‘Esco’, she lived as a lesbian and had been dealing drugs for 20 years.
Oh, and did we mention she was dressing up as a dude and living as transexual, too?
When the violence she was known for boomeranged back on her, it was the beginning of a real wake-up call in her life, and a whole new sense of purpose.
The transformation is profound. Her real name is Nichol Collins, and here’s her story in her own words.
“My breaking point was as I was living as a transgender, lesbian drug dealer in Los Angeles, I was attacked by a man from behind with a hammer, and all glory to God, miraculously I suffered no injury,” she tells CBN News. “And so I tell people that God literally used that to knock some sense into me.”
Collins says while surrendering her life to God, leaving her old lifestyle was not easy.
“It took me seven months to come out of men’s clothes,” she explains. “I didn’t just jump into dresses right away and my hair was bald and so all my hair has grown back today but I didn’t always feel so beautiful. I felt very awkward, but as I submitted myself to God, he began to beautify me with salvation.”
After breaking free, Collins says God gave her a mandate to restore the Biblical standing of the rainbow which the gay rights movement claims as its symbol.
“I saw a hand coming through the clouds clutching the rainbow and I saw an inscription in those clouds that said ‘Take Back the Rainbow,’ and I jumped up and began to sketch it out,” she says.
The crazy thing is, she had no idea what the biblical significance of the Rainbow really was when she saw it… how it was a sign of a covenant He had made with Noah to never again repeat the sort of judgment humanity had just endured.
“I have a page called, ‘Overcoming Homosexuality,’ and I’ve gotten a lot of people saying I need to overcome judgment, just spewing all types of venom,” she says, “Putting gay porn and things like that up on my page. And so, I know that they are not happy.”
Despite the backlash, Collins remains determined while spreading the message of God’s love along the way.
“I think it’s very important for the church to become educated and partner with people such as myself and those who have testimonies of deliverance to come in and show them how to express the love of God without compromise and to let people know that God loves them right where they’re at.”
“And he’s able to change them from the inside out,” says Collins.
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