Episode 215: A Testimony of Surrendered Gender with Kyla Gillespie

Hole In My Heart Podcast

Friday, February 9, 2024 - 46 minutes

Oh, wow. This story. 

How does one woman go from a childhood of following Jesus as much as she knows how, to professional hockey, to same-sex relationships, to transitioning to male for six years, to finding the real Jesus, and then to de-transitioning in the midst of a loving church community?

This episode has her story.

Hear a testimony and take part in a conversation on how to walk well with people who wrestle with gender today on the podcast.


// Highlights:

  • “I was crying out to God on the bedroom floor, and I heard him say, ‘Kyla. Return to me.’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean, return to you? Can’t I follow you and be Brycen?’ I heard him very clearly say to me, ‘No.’ I was weeping: ‘I don’t know what this looks like. Can I ever be female again?’ And he said to me, ‘Do you trust me and are you willing?’ And I cried out in that moment, ‘Yes!’” --Kyla Gillespie
  • “Do we think we are powerful enough in ourselves to change and will somebody to love Jesus? Or do we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who saves and changes people? That’s what [the people who discipled me] did. They called me to this gospel, but they loved me in the mess.” --Kyla Gillespie
  • “It’s always different when we have face-to-face relationships. Suddenly all those things we did and said on the internet turn into, ‘Oh, maybe that wasn’t so kind or so nice or so gentle. Maybe I didn’t love you the way I’m commanded to love you.’” --Kyla Gillespie

// Question of the Week:

What was your favorite childhood cereal?

// Do the Next Thing:

  • Find Kyla’s ministry here
  • Search her on IG here
  • Join the HIMH Podcast Group here
  • Watch the episode here

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