Such Joy and Such Sadness

As told by John Barros

I don’t even know where to begin. There has been such joy and such sadness.

This morning I was blessed to have Matt, Beth, Donna, and Luke come down to serve. It was pretty chaotic. As the people were arriving, Luke approached a young couple. They listened to him with interest but unfortunately she went inside. The day went on with prayer and preaching. Some were very angry.

The morning crew left and I was alone a bit but then the Lord blessed by having John Crawford and his family come down all the way from the Promised Land. (The other Promised Land: Gainesville.) They jumped right into service. After lunch Luke came back after a meeting. By then I found out that today was his birthday and he wanted to spend as much time here as he could on his birthday. A while after he came back Lilly, the girl he had been speaking to in the morning, came out. She saw Luke and came to him with a huge hug. She had in fact changed her mind! It was so beautiful. He was able to spend a lot of time with her before her ride came. Can a man ever get a better birthday present than this? God is so good.

John and his wife Tina worked so hard in the hottest time of the day. John was speaking with one guy who was pressuring a young lady harder than I have ever seen. She said she didn’t want to do it at 8:00 and kept saying it all day, but wouldn’t break away because she said her mother was also pressuring her. John got so upset that he almost lost it. The scene with these two down here today was beyond sad. They came outside one last time and spoke with everyone. She sat on the bricks and he stood. When she saw that Lilly chose life she looked at her coward with longing eyes. He went on about their situation. When asked what was in their life was too big for God to handle, he was speechless. It looked like a light went on. He said, “You got me on that one. I don’t even know what to say.” It looked like he was going to repent but then put more pressure on his lady to get inside. She sat there crying and went inside crying. They went through with it.

 

The Crawfords are such a wonderful family. John is an elder at an OPC church in Gainesville. Tina preached and told all inside how she walked out of an abortion clinic 22 years ago. She shared the joy that her son has been for all these years and now he is getting married. Tina has a massive heart. I wish I had one like her but I wouldn’t be able to take the pain she feels. Their children are incredible, calling folks to come talk to their mom and dad.

There were so many stories here today. One last beautiful one was when another worker quit and came over for prayer. God is really working down here; please continue to pray!

Things You Never Dream Of

As told by John Barros

God does the most amazing things, things you would never dream of.

I received a call last night from my brother Bruce. I haven’t seen him in years. He was heading home to Dallas from Buffalo. They cancelled flights going through Chicago and offered people other ways if they would like. He decided to come through Orlando, spend the day with me at the clinic, and head back to Dallas tonight.

We went downtown early to visit Pulse where the massacre happened. Standing on that sidewalk was pretty sobering indeed. We went back down the street to “our” sidewalk where there is a much bigger, ongoing massacre happening. Alexander and his daughter came down to join us one last morning before they went back to Indiana.

The day was pretty crazy. Bruce and Alex began speaking with a young man. He had come a long way with his lady and is a defensive back at a pretty prestigious university. They have been together since the sixth grade. After speaking with the guys he began fighting to get her out of here. She wouldn’t listen and kept hardening her heart. It was pretty sad.

There was a whole family who came down and parked out front. They wouldn’t listen but sat there with the windows down even through the preaching. It was so sad to see kids hanging out the window waiting for their mom to kill their brother or sister.

The preaching got people upset. One young lady got extremely angry and brought out a bag. She told me she was going to go against my religion with hers. She pulled out crystals and trinkets, making a circle on the sidewalk. It was so pitiful to see what people think can go against God.

But then there was Gabriella. She pulled into the driveway with the usual lies. When confronted with the truth she began to change. A tear formed in the corner of her eye. When told that God sent her here today to hear that He was calling her to trust Him she began to see. I told her He would take care of her and never let her down. The tears began to flow. We spoke more and had a time of prayer. God opened her eyes and gave her a new heart. I called Callie at Choices and put Gabriella on the phone with her so Gabriella could begin to see the love God is providing for her.

We spoke a bit more and off she went. We were so celebrating down here as she left, thanking God for His goodness. Later I received a call from Gabriella and Callie. Gabriella was so thankful and Callie was yelling. She said “John, we have some really good news.” I said “I know, Callie; I spent time with her.” She said, “You don’t understand; she is having twins!” It was so awesome. We were celebrating here with folks across town about how amazingly God had shined into her heart.

It was a crazy but beautiful day. There is so much carnage down here in Orlando, but God continues to bring life.

I was thankful to be able to serve with Alex and my brother. Mary even came down in the afternoon. What a blessing she is. She is a giant encouraging heart with feet.

My brother and Alex had never seen God turn a heart like this before. They will never be the same. The power of God is something to behold. When He does this you are humbled because you totally realize you do not have the ability to do it!

I hadn’t seen my brother in years. When you fight in the trenches though, bonding happens quickly. What an amazing day we had. Thank You, Jesus.

A Blessing to Serve

As told by John Barros

Well today was surely a different day. I am so thankful for those the Lord sends down here to serve. 90% of them are from Saint Andrew’s Chapel. It is an immeasurable blessing to serve with those from our same church.

Matt is a young man who has been coming a couple of days a week before going to work. He has been mainly observing and praying. Today the opportunity arose to meet a lady who was coming for an abortion. He spoke with her and gave her the brochures. She became unsettled and pulled across the street. He had a time of prayer with her and she drove away. Matt went to work and she came back. She went inside and didn’t seem like she was listening. A while after the preaching Ashley came out, walked over to me and said, “Thank you guys. I can’t do it.” We had another time of prayer and off she went. Matt is so excited today. He is so happy he was able to meet with a young lady whose eyes were opened by the Lord.

Bill and Yolie also served in this crazy heat today. Yolie plead with many ladies. We had a couple of turn-aways as well. We don’t know why but please pray they don’t return.
I would encourage anyone who hasn’t gone out to serve in this way to do it. None of us are anything special at all. It’s Jesus who does this and there is nothing like watching Him work.

Yesterday a man called me across the street wanting to know what was going on. I told him and he was in total shock. It turns out he is Dr. Raymond Butler, on staff at Zion Hills Missionary Baptist Church. He is also a chaplain at the 33rd Street jail here in Orlando. He asked if I would be willing to speak about this. Of course it would be an honor. We got to talking and he was at a doctor’s office to help with old football injuries. I believe he was on the 1980 Baltimore Colts, and finished his career with the Seahawks. It turns out he is also friends with my football hero Barry Sanders. He sure was a joy.

Wish I Had Better News

As told by John Barros

I wish I had a lot better news from down here but there just seems to be an added hardness these days.

As I was listening to Renewing Your Mind this morning on the wall and R.C. Sproul was speaking about a Christian’s response to terrorism, police came flying in with guns drawn. They went inside the back doors. Apparently there was a glitch in their security, but it sure gave added emphasis to RC’s message. He spoke of how abortion is terrorism.

The people seem to have an added hardness down here since the massacre [the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando]. Ladies screaming and yelling. One said it was “My right to kill my baby if I want to. This is my second time!” Another stopped at the door and came out yelling about choice. Then we had a roller derby star from the Lexicutioners in North Carolina.

The worst one of all though was a couple who came. She is the daughter of a pastor. She is engaged to be married. She had a fling with the guy who brought her down here so of course she had to kill this baby before marrying her fiance. He had John 3:16 tattooed on his arm and was telling us how he was a Christian and knows God has already forgiven them. When confronted with what God’s word says and how he is most likely not a Christian, he became very angry. I’m telling you I could go on and on about the bunch down here today, but won’t.

There was one ray of light, though. There were a couple of turn-aways. In the afternoon a guy and his sister came down. They were looking for his girlfriend. He was trying to stop her. They pulled out back and went inside, then they left. A little while later they drove back by and let us know she was one of the ones who left.

Please pray that God would break through the darkness down here. I was so blessed to serve with Bill, Marcia, and Julie today. These are some hardworking brothers and sisters.

Cold People

As told by John Barros

Today the people remained very cold. There was one turn-away just before the abortionist got there, but she wouldn’t talk so we don’t know what her story was. It was still very strange and we seemed to have a heightened awareness of what this place is when they came to pick up the dead babies.

I was so blessed to have Matthew and Beth back down in the morning. Double blessed to have RC Sproul, Jr. serve here today. His message was awesome and he tried to reason with a dad who couldn’t see his blindness. We were also blessed to have Alexander, who is vacationing from Indiana, take a day from his vacation with his daughter to serve. He is an awesome brother.

#OrlandoWeak

As told by John Barros

It has been like a weird movie around here lately. The people have been very cold as they arrive. In the last couple days no one has chosen life. One girl ran out the door and all the way down the street, but we have no idea what was going on with her.

Today was bizarre with all the sirens and sheriff helicopters flying over the Presidential motorcade as it moved into the Amway Center. Secret Service suburbans were driving by us in front of the clinic. It just felt weird. We are located right between the scene of the massacre and the Amway Center. The hospital where all the injured victims are is right in front of you when ministering here. It just really seems bizarre.

I so wished the Lord would have had the motorcade stop by. I wished I could show the President, Vice President, two Senators, two Mayors, and our Governor what is going on here. I really wonder what they would have thought seeing late-term moms marching in the back parking lot in full labor waiting to deliver their babies into a toilet. I so wished the Lord would have opened their eyes to the true horrors right around the corner from them.
But they didn’t come. They left as soon as they got their photo ops, laid their wreaths, and spoke of their agendas. They didn’t come by and lay a wreath for the countless thousands of babies who have been slaughtered here. They did not call for national repentance or even a moment of silence for these babies.

I was thankful to serve with Warren, Bill, Matt, Becky, Bo, Kelly, Ruth, Yolie, and dear Donna came back.

I see all these signs around saying ‪#‎OrlandoStrong‬. How can we be strong or united when we won’t even fight to protect our defenseless babies? The “leaders” who were here today could end this. But they won’t because they are ‪#‎OrlandoWeak‬

These Aren’t Politics, These Are Babies

As told by John Barros

It’s sure been strange down here since the massacre down the street [the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando]. Today there were many news trucks and police driving down Lucerne.

We began just like any other day, meeting folks as they came. I began to preach and a lady came out screaming at me to stop because the people inside were getting upset. I continued and then two undercover police officers showed up.

They asked me if I needed to do this today. I said I didn’t if it was going to get in the way of what they were doing. They said because of the situation down the street they had to respond. I told them I would quit but would stay to speak with people. I thanked them for all they do and told them we were praying for them. Then I asked if I could say something to them. They said “Sure.” I told them that there were going to be another dozen who would die here today. One of them grimaced. He got it. The other one said, “We are dealing with international terrorism there, not politics like here.” I said “Sir, these aren’t politics. These are babies.” They were very nice especially under the circumstances.

The rest of the day though I was wondering whether this is how people see abortion. Do they really see it as a political idea? Is this why abortion continues? Do people not see these babies as people with names and a purpose? I don’t want to downplay what happened down the street, but more people die here every week than died in that club.

As the day went on the police had to come back as people inside continued to get upset. One couple was thrown off the property. This all may sound crazy, but God moves in the crazy. Three girls left this nuthouse. Please pray they don’t return!

I was so thankful to serve with Marcia, Steve, and Bill.

A Crazy Kind of Day

One of those crazy kind of days today. The Reformation Bible College kids came down and they did an awesome job. The worship was incredible.

A young lady named Catherine chose life today. It was a battle all day. She kept coming out and would go out to the car with her boyfriend. He would keep bringing her back in. Finally the guy got the security guard to help bring her back inside but she stood strong. Her boyfriend came out and said they had chosen life and were leaving. When they pulled up they were so thankful and took a blessing bag.

Demonic forces made themselves known here today. A young lady came out to the sidewalk. She was trembling, but looked so normal wearing a Gators sweatshirt. She started going on about needing silence. I tried to speak with her but said she had to kill her baby.

She rolled up her sleeve and showed me symbols that had been scarred into her arm. They were those kind of things that raise up above the skin and are hard. She told me to look them up and I would know why she had to do this. I texted my friend that used to be a satanist. He said they were the symbols to their god Belial. We began praying heavy for her.

She came running out again. The worship was really tearing her up. She came up to me again, asking for quiet. She came out again jumped in her car and left. We really don’t know if she had an abortion or not.

We actually had a couple of girls come up and go inside saying they had watched the Channel 9 news report on this place.

Had another guy going over the edge out back today but God kept everyone safe. Had a turn away as well. Please keep praying…

The Tip of the Iceberg

If I was to tell you that five abortion clinics could be shutting down real fast, would I be able to get a THANK YOU JESUS out of you? Would you commit to fast and pray for this to happen? Well, this can really happen.

A news reporter from Channel 9 was down here today. He came down asking for James Pendergraft. Kerry the security guy here threw them off the property. I have met the reporter here on several occasions over the years. He came over and asked if he could get my thoughts on AHCA moving to pull the operational licenses from all of his clinics due to his drug charges up in South Carolina. If you haven’t heard of those charges, just type “traveling abortionist” into Google and read the reports. Absolutely disgusting.

It was a wonderful interview, although I don’t know how much they will use. I was able to share Jesus on there and how He works in different ways than we can imagine in getting His purposes fulfilled. Please be a part of the end of this bloody empire. Pray this through to the end.

There were a couple of other wonderful things that happened as well. A bunch of CCBR kids from Canada came down to serve here today. They are on an awareness campaign at UCF this week. Oh, I wish I could remember all of their names. Devorah, Caroline, Jonathan and all the others are awesome servants. They don’t get to do this in Canada because of bubble laws, so they were so happy to share their faith and love with the ladies and guys here. The Lord blessed them and they got to see Him turn the hearts of two ladies.

Brook stood in the crowd waiting for the doors to open. As she heard God’s Word, the Lord applied it. She fled across the street in tears. Devorah and a friend went over to love on her. Brook asked me to come talk to her some more. Sarah and Jessica came down to help. Jessica gave her a ride to Choices. She affirmed her choice to keep her baby and thanks God for opening her eyes. She is coming to St. Andrew’s Sunday.

Jennica chose life through a combination of God’s Word and the love of precious saints. Dana came down and took her to Choices. They came to find out, however, that she is miscarrying. If there is anyone you would want to be with a girl in that situation, it would be Dana. God is so amazing in bringing just the right people all the time. Dana is taking her to the hospital and to Ascension Presbyterian Church on Sunday where her husband Chris is the pastor.

When she came back she was so thankful to all the folks on the sidewalk. So many hugs and tears. So proud that she did the right thing.

What a day this has been. What I have written is really the tip of the iceberg. Please, please pray.

Vultures

Got to serve today with Warren, Yolie, and Bryan. It wasn’t a very busy day, but a couple of different things happened. A young couple arrived that seemed different. The lady responded to Yolie offering info. Nobody would listen. Then about 3/4 of the way through the sermon, they came out. They seemed to be fighting in sign language.

They went out back and talked in their car for a long time. They ended up leaving. A couple hours later they came back. He sat in the car and ran in to what looked like get her money back. Can’t say for sure but please pray for them.

Later more than twenty vultures circled over the place for a long time. Warren went over by the lake next door and saw them eating something on the bank. It just looked so strange having them circle over this place for about an hour.