Meet Billy Zemaitis (the third) from Indiana, USA.
I met Billy at a four day conference in Mazatlán Mexico and his colourful attire, signature cap and bubbly personality caught my attention. Learning he had plans to open a YWAM base in Mexico and seeing him encourage a room of people to do the Mexican wave during worship, I was intrigued by this energetic twenty-one year old who is passionate about the Kingdom of God.
Despite his busy schedule during the conference Billy kindly agreed to an interview with me.
HOW DID YOU COME TO KNOW THE LORD?
Billy: I grew up in a Christian home and I grew up in church. I was on the youth group a lot; I was on the drama team and on the dance team for a little bit. But I really got to know the Lord on my DTS, that whole encounter of intimacy with the Lord really happened on DTS.
WHAT WAS YOUR DTS EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Billy: There were five of us, four girls and me. For our outreach we did three weeks at an international arts festival called Cervantino here in Mexico and then went to Guatemala for the rest of our outreach. In Guatemala we worked at the base in Antigua and helped with several ministries they had, we worked with the church, we did soup feeding at night we went out to the homeless, brought soup in the back of a truck, fed them and gave them some blankets. We worked with a special needs school and orphanage and then we worked with the Guatemala city base and worked at the summer school there for teenagers and helped staff the school.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS YOUR PERSONAL CALLING FROM THE LORD?
Billy: I feel that God has called me to the ministry of sexual restoration and specifically He’s called me to the “pink zone” in Mexico City, which is known as the gay district.
During WISE (Worship, Intercession, Spiritual warfare and Evangelism school) God was speaking to me a lot about regaining the arts for Him to glorify Him. I was in show choir in high school, which is dancing and singing. My family is very creative and we’re always doing stuff, so I was in love with arts of all types and God spoke to me about Santa Rosa and the pink zone and reaching out to those who are the outcasts of society and just loving them.
He also spoke to me about a ministry called A.D.A.M – Art Dance And Music. Not just the fine arts but also practical arts, so not just singing and dancing, painting and music but culinary, calligraphy, writing and poetry and all that; even cosmetology and landscaping, all that is art to me. Really teach the students how to bring heaven to earth through their expression of art. [The ministry] would be focused on the pink zone, it may not be right inside because the pink zone gets a little dangerous at night but probably right next to it, that would be the area we would focus on.
I haven’t started the process of A.D.A.M. I’m actually going to a YWAM school called the FCM (Foundations for Counselling Ministry) in Amsterdam in September so that would help me with counselling, whether that’s relationships or sexual restoration, and with the Holy Spirit. [FCM] would help with the ministry I want to start in the city and to know how to counsel people will help me be a better leader.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER CHRISTIANS MINISTERING TO THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY?
Billy: I think it has a lot to do with loving. You have to build a bridge of relationship and that bridge has to be strong enough to be able to hold the truth. So you can’t go up to somebody you don’t know and just lay the truth because they’re not really going to trust you and you’re going to break that bridge, you’re not going to build it. To relate to someone and love who they are I think is important, because all sin is equal and I don’t think they need to be treated in a different way.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAVE FACED IN YOUR JOURNEY WITH CHRIST?
Billy: I would say identity. Just finding who I am in God’s eyes and not in the world’s eyes and not worry about “this is who you are, this is who I think you are, this is who I think you should be” but to really turn from those physical voices and turn my heart to the Lord.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE THAT GOD HAS CREATED IN YOU?
Billy: I guess I would have to go back to identity and really realising who I am and gaining that knowledge of the authority that I actually carry.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SCRIPTURE IN THE BIBLE AND WHY?
Billy: Luke 4:18 where it talks about setting the captives free. On my DTS I read it every morning and someone had spoken it over me. Also Isaiah 40:30-31, I think just remembering that my strength doesn’t come from me but it’s a supernatural strength from the Lord. We are just tools that the Lord uses and we get our strength from Him, whether that be physical, emotional or spiritual.
ADVICE FOR YOUNG MISSIONARIES AND CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL
Billy: There are a lot of stagnant Christians and they feel like faith and Christianity is boring. But I feel that has a lot to do with opening your eyes and understanding that the Lord is living and is speaking today and He has such great plans for us and such great visions that we can never imagine and just to be open to that and learn to hear His voice, dream with Him and co-create with Him because He wants to create things with us.