Darkness and the Mercies of God

Why do the heathens rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. – Psalm 2:1-5

As told by John Barros:

Well the heathens were raging down here again today. They attacked God and those He sent. These folks were unbelievable. During the preaching you could hear them hollering and screaming inside so loud Karen could hear them down the street. One lady that brought her daughter bragged about having ten abortions and then has been mad at God for “taking” her two other kids in a car accident. Now she was here to kill her grand baby. The folks here you see in such anger are threatening Karen and Yolie for offering to help.

She was so proud of her daughter’s raging

Out of all this darkness the Lord shined a Beautiful light. “Mary” pulled in this morning with a young lady named “Carrie.” Beth offered them the ministry packets we offer and listened. They pulled out back and sat in their car. Mary had a John 3:16 sticker on her car. She rolled her window down and listened to everything Beth and I had to say. We really pursue people that may be Christians. They sat in their car for what seemed like eternity. They started up the car and pulled up. Beth ran over and was able to speak with them. They chose life and went to Choices.

Beth praying with Mary and Carrie

We went on ministering to folks and then I received a text. They had chosen life and then let everyone know that 20 some years ago her daughter “Susan” found herself pregnant and wanted an abortion. Mary had actually taken Susan to Choices back then. Susan chose life and Carrie was born. Susan died though when Carrie was one year old. Mary had raised her and now Carrie pregnant at the same age her mother was here to have an abortion. Mary took her granddaughter to Choices 20 some years later to save her great grandbaby. Can you believe this? God is amazing. Please continue to pray for them. Carrie has an appointment to see a doctor next week.

Vicky brought her new Nurse Manager down from Choices to show her what it’s like down here. It’s always a blessing to see them.

So very blessed to have Vicky and Stacy come down. It means so much.

Hard Hearts and God’s Servants

As told by John Barros:

Well a “cold front” moved in to Orlando. There were some heavy winds that blew last night and I think they blew every hard-hearted person in Florida down here.

The place was packed today and the folks were pretty darn nasty. One of them stole my sign off of my van and they of course called the police.
It was a blessing to have the police come down. They immediately let the people inside know we were within our rights to be here. Then one of them, a seventeen-year veteran, asked me why I come down here. He was new to this precinct. It was amazing. I filled him in on their record and what goes on here. Told him how God had called me here and what He does here. We went over what people think are “exceptions” and talked for a very long time about other things. When he began to leave he said “John, you better do whatever you do to get them out of here because it is packed in there.”

Double trouble… Just kidding, they were wonderful.

There was a young lady that came out. Juliem has two children. She has been in a relationship with a guy for three months and is pregnant. She wants to kill her baby because her baby will get in the way of her “priorities.” Something went wrong with her ultrasound so she came out to talk. We told her about what God thinks of this and the wickedness of this place. She said she is going to consider what we said and go to Choices. Please pray she does and that this boyfriend would man up as he was challenged to do.

The guy that was deceptive and called the police on us and I believe stole my sign was very angry that we were there. He kind of lashed out at Karen. But then the thing that seems to happen so often here happened again. His lady backed out of her abortion. He said “Thank you” and said he was going to call me. Please pray that happens.

Then a very wicked woman pulled in. She brought her daughter and her two-year-old granddaughter was in the back seat. Karen handed her daughter our brochures. The Mom yelled out “Oh no. This baby is dying today no matter what!!” When these kind of words come out of people’s mouths it just socks the air right out of your lungs. You always get people here angry and spewing out cursing, calling names etc. But these words are a whole different awfulness.

Well once again God moved in that situation. The daughter fought going inside. Her mom was hollering more wickedness at me as she was pulling out. The daughter walked inside and turned around immediately. She walked back out and went out back. After sitting there for a while her mom pulled back in and picked her up not saying a word. Please pray that daughter stands firm against her mom and that the Lord would turn that mom’s heart to love her grandbaby.

The Lord blessed me in that afternoon. A young man, Owen, stopped by. I told him where he parked he would get a ticket. He said “That’s ok I work for the City. Are you John?” I said yes I am. He said the Lord has touched his heart to do this ministry and wanted to know if I could give him some training. We are for sure going to work that out. It was just so refreshing to see a smile on the face of a young man that loves God and wants to serve his neighbors.

Owen is awesome!!

Please continue to pray that this Evil is stopped in our country.

Crazy Blindness

As told by John Barros:

So blessed to have so many come to serve today. Matt, Bill, Karen, Yolie, Pastor David, Lucas, and I were once again blessed to have Pastor John from Canada serve with us. He will be heading back home.

We also had a very special lady join us. I met Mary in the airport in Phoenix. She is a commercial airline pilot. We spent a long time waiting for the plane. She had no idea about this type of ministry and said she was going to come down. So many people say that and don’t come but she surprised me when I saw her walking down the sidewalk.

She was a trooper. She was horrified with what goes on here and really shaken up. She tried to reach out and was absolutely shocked at how blind these people are.

Mary very soon realized if God didn’t open blind eyes, babies would die. She sought Him.

It truly is a crazy blindness. We had a girl come back today that had been butchered here about a week and a half ago. She could barely walk and was bent over in agony. Her guy was having to hold her up. She went inside and told the clinic that she had gone to the hospital but would not see her. They told her to come back here.

Post-abortion mother struggling to walk

Drivers of patients came out sickened by all this. They tried to get the people they drove here to leave but they wouldn’t. It was pretty crazy.
There was one turnaway but she wouldn’t stop to talk so we don’t really know her story.

Please continue to pray. Pray for Mary. She has a huge heart that I’m sure is hurting tonight. Her flight schedule will only allow her to be here one day every two weeks.

Pray also for Lucas. He is on a bus tonight heading to New Orleans to evangelize at the NBA All Star game over this weekend with Bill Adams of Sports Fans Outreach.

Ministry and God’s Sovereignty

As told by John Barros:

I’ve been trying so hard to sort through all that has happened in Phoenix this week. It’s going to take a long time. I know one thing though, I will never be the same.

Apologia Church is wonderful. I have no idea how they are doing all that they are. Evangelizing, discipleship, church planting, abortion ministry, ministry to Mormons, and that’s not all. I was so honored to have Jeff, Luke, and Marcus, invite me out.

They wanted to learn things from me but I’ll tell you what, I think they got the short end of the stick. I learned so much from them. It was awesome to serve with them on the front lines. The folks out here are so gifted at engaging people and bringing the Gospel to them while breaking down arguments.

Even though there is definitely a huge age difference I felt like I was 30 again with this bunch.

So many different people in this church. A man that played Major League Baseball for years that left today for Japan because he plays ball over there now. We’ll he’s not just going for that. He is going to speak at his pastor’s church over there where his church is starting an abortion ministry in Japan.

There’s everything from folks that have been pulled off the streets to a retired NHL hockey player. It is so diverse and they are all so special.
I guess there are people that didn’t really believe they really are a church because they do so much with their radio and TV stuff but trust me they are the real deal. If you live in the Phoenix area or would be travelling through please stop by, you will be blessed: http://www.apologiachurch.com

Wonderful worship. This music ministry is special.

A precious young lady that thought she was a believer was converted and now baptized

The Lord was so good today at the Phoenix Airport. I was trying to post what happened out here this week when a female pilot by the name of Mary came and sat next to me. She began talking and asked what I do. I told her I was an Evangelist and work in front of an abortion clinic. I thought that would be the end of that but she wanted to talk about it. I went through everything and she began to get troubled. I gave her my card and she asked about the “Who Will Stand” video. I told her to check it out when she gets home. She decided to watch it right there. She began to cry.

Mary watching “Who Will Stand” with a tissue.

Then she told me how her flight had been cancelled and is heading home to Daytona. She couldn’t believe she sat by me of all places. We spoke of the Sovereignty of God and how it wasn’t by chance that she sat here. Then she said “John, what can I do?” I can’t go into all that but she will be at Orlando Women’s Center on Wednesday. God is so good.

Down in Phoenix

As told by John Barros:

Today was totally insane. There had to be hundreds of people here. I am so blessed to serve with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. The folks from Apologia Church and several others are so gifted. I have never learned so much in one day in my life. So blessed.

There is one thing that brings sadness and it happened back in Orlando. I had an assistant in the jail. He made a profession of faith and served as my assistant for about nine months. When he got out he fell away and returned to drugs. He got arrested again for domestic violence. She left him for another guy. They have gotten back together but she is pregnant and they came to OWC today to kill the other guy’s baby. My friend Doug texted me this morning. He wanted Doug to let me know what he was doing. So insane. He would pray daily for the ministry down at OWC but then he turned up there.

Choosing Life and a Repentant Mother

As told by John Barros:

So blessed to have a wonderful team. Warren has been filling in for me the last couple of days while I’m with Apologia Church over here in Phoenix.

Today Beth and Karen met a lady whose doctor sent her to have an abortion because of her health problems. They spoke with her and she agreed to go with Karen to First Life because they have a doctor on staff now. They met with her, she chose life, and is now set to meet with the high-risk pregnancy doctors.

Yolie met another lady that came back for her check up. She had an abortion two weeks ago and is devastated over what she has done. Of course Mister Wonderful left her immediately after her abortion. Yolie shared the Gospel with her, she repented, and will be at St. Andrew’s Sunday.

Please pray for these ladies.

Late-term Day

As told by John Barros:

Well it was late-term day down here. Quite a few came but the Lord turned the heart of three of them. Please pray for Alexis and one young lady Mary forgot to get the name of. Please also pray for a precious young lady, Arelia. Karen took her to Choices and out for lunch. She wanted to come back to the clinic to say Thank you and show the pictures of her baby.

Please pray for Arelia. So Sweet

Please pray for the other two turnaways as well. So Thankful for Karen, Chuck, Mary, Jerri, Audrey, Pastor David, and Pastor John. They all served at different times here today.

Busy Busy Busy

As told by John Barros:

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, that they should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, “Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.” And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. – 2 Chronicles 20:21

In our church, upon entering, we have an area in the back that is dark. It is called the Narthex. It is a place where you leave the profane and enter the Holy. Once inside the Holy we are built up through Praise, the Sacraments, and the Word to return to the profane.

Today, Jessica from Reformation Bible College, came down to the profanest of places to serve and sing to the Holy One. It was so Powerful. She is a special young lady.

Marcia, Karen, Audrey, and I had a special visitor come serve with us. Pastor John Sawkins from London Ontario is here on vacation and came to serve. He is truly a Blessing. He jumped right in and got to work. He isn’t just a Pastor. He is also the chaplain for a hockey team: The Windsor Spitfire.

Well today was busy. It seemed like it was Mother-Daughter day. We had three Moms bringing their daughters. One came up telling us she was a Christian and was forgiven already. She was challenged on that and sure showed us that wasn’t true. We really couldn’t believe it when she was out front showing someone else that was here a picture of her Grandson whose birthday was today. She couldn’t see the insanity of killing her Grandson on her other grandson’s birthday.

Another lady brought her daughter and got very angry when confronted. Her daughter ended up coming outside and standing firm against her mom. When they pulled up Karen asked if she could pray for them. The mom said “I don’t need your prayers. I am an Evangelist. I know how to pray” We had another turn away as well so please pray for these two ladies. That they get the help they need.

It was so busy in another way as well today. They were holding job interviews. I can’t believe they would have people come here for that. They only advertise for the job; they don’t tell them this is an abortion clinic.

Pastor John and Audrey filling a job applicant in on this dump

The folks coming here were shocked and won’t be working here. I believe most left without even going inside. Please pray that the ladies who trusted God and left would be blessed with a job.

Prayers for Gabrielle

As told by John Barros:

My favorite time in the week is coming to St. Andrew’s an hour or hour and a half early on Sunday evenings. It is so awesome to spend time alone with God inside this house of prayer.

Well today has been a little bit different. While sitting here I received pictures and a Thank You.

Last June 23rd my brother Bruce Barros came to the clinic with me and we got to serve together. A young lady Gabrielle came down to have an abortion. The Lord moved on her heart and she chose life. She went to Choices and Callie took her under her wing. She ended up having her ultrasound and saw she was having twins. She called me from Choices and was ecstatic as to how the Lord did not let her go.

Well she fell off the radar. I never heard anything even though she was offered so much. Well, I came to find out she has moved to New Mexico.
She is so filled with praise and thanksgiving to her God. It’s truly amazing.

Please pray for Gabrielle. She is tired. She has a six-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl and now Bayley Marie, and Kayla Victoria have come into this world.

I know this is Super Bowl Sunday and everyone is busy but won’t you praise God for His mighty work in this family’s life and pray for His precious Gabrielle.

Lifeguards at Death’s Doors

As told by John Barros:

Today was slow again. Six came and one “Chose Life For Today” They came under conviction but are still leaning towards an abortion. They are going to sleep on it and left with their ultrasound. Please pray for them.

There is another thing I would request prayer for. Kerry went down to Ft. Lauderdale today. He is going down to get attorneys, police, etc., to go after my friend Tom. Tom serves at Pendergraft’s mill down there. He has become a full-time minister there. God is moving through his efforts as well as John and Tewannah Aman, and Stacy.

Kerry put a fence up between the church and them to keep them from speaking to the folks as they arrive. Tom went ahead and built a “Lifeguard Tower.” He sits on the church’s property and is able to speak to the folks. Tomorrow the clinic is going to try and put a stop to this. Please pray that their attempts would backfire and come to ruin.
Thank you.

Tom working over the fence