Think praying outside abortion clinics is pointless? This pro-lifer proves otherwise
May 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — John Barros is a 64-year-old man. He’s had cancer and recently suffered a stroke. But none of that has stopped him from standing outside an abortion clinic in Orlando, Florida for the last 9 years.
Barros has a truly unique story. In this episode of The Van Maren Show, he and host Jonathon van Maren discuss what it’s been like as he stands outside an abortion clinic all day five days a week.
“I don't have the power to turn a heart that is dead set on ending their baby's life,” he says. “I do not have that power. But what I preach here [is] God uses his word to literally plow up some very hard ground in open people's lives and they choose life.”
Barros, who first stood outside the clinic 15 years ago, estimates that between 20 and 30 girls a month turn away from abortion and choose life. He tells van Maren that he arrives between 7:30am and 8:00am in the morning. Among other things, he hands out brochures, prays, sings hymns, and sidewalk counsels women arriving at the clinic. “The main thing is to let them know that you love them and that you're there for them,” he says.
Barros’ church supports what he does and extends a helping hand to the women he helps turn away from abortion. “I don't believe that God is going to have someone choose life and then not have a way of escape from the situation.” He tells van Maren that he’s received texts messages from the women he’s helped choose life. They send him photos of the children he’s saved.
Barros was once invited inside the clinic to share in a Thanksgiving dinner with the staff. At the dinner, he warned the abortionist and the workers about the “sin” they are committing. Half the clinic staff quit their jobs as a result.
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