BARBADOS NATION – He’s a former homosexual now turned preacher, and he is waging war in a battle to help others.
For 16 years, Eon Hendricks lived his life as a homosexual. Alcohol was his dear friend and being in and out of same-sex relationships was his weakness.
However, at age 25, he turned his life around, forsook this “dark period” of his early years and gave his life over to God.
It was not an easy road for Hendricks, who was raised by a single mother. At ten years old he was told by her boyfriend: “Fellows will one day take advantage of you.”
Only three years ago did he wonder if those words had put a curse on his life.
His past lifestyle is not a problem any more for the 35-year-old Guyanese born-again preacher who, “with the help of God”, wants to preach to the entire world that homosexuality and lesbianism are the works of Satan but deliverance from their “ugly” clutches is possible.
Hendricks says he is ready to take his message to the schools, churches and every nook and cranny in Barbados. In fact, he has already shared information on his life as a homosexual on public television in Guyana.
“Today I am very proud of my new lifestyle with God. I want the world to know what He has done for me. Homosexuality is an abomination. I paid attention and took heed. It’s time for people to wake up,” he told the SUNDAY?SUN in an interview this past week.
“A lot of people are living sinful lives in homosexual relations. Many are here in Barbados. It’s in the church, the schools, it’s everywhere. I know men in Barbados who are struggling with their sexuality.
“Many who are married are dabbling in homosexual relationships. If they fail to get help, it will bring a lot of disgrace to them.
They are living a double-standard lifestyle instead of dealing with their situation.”
It was at the tender age of seven that Hendricks discovered his deep attraction to members of his own sex.
By 15 he had left school because his mother could not adequately provide for her family of five. He started living a promiscuous lifestyle around 16 and was already a heavy drinker who was preyed on by members of his own sex.
Throughout this season of his life he watched helplessly as friends “died from one thing or another”, with never a chance to change their lifestyle.
He disclosed that at 25 years old he sat at the home of a couple for whom he worked and received a startling revelation. He said tears ran down his face as he asked God: “Why is this happening to me?”
He added that he cried out and asked God to save him.
“I knew I did not like my lifestyle. I had already spent many years in the world and gained nothing.
“About two weeks later a friend called and asked me, ‘Do you know that God has a calling on your life?’ [Almost miraculously] God started to move away my friends and he placed people in my life to encourage me. That’s how things started to happen in terms of knowing God.
“I got baptized on August 31, 2003, and from then on I started to serve the Lord.”
Today, Hendricks is a minister of the gospel in the Special Miracle And Deliverance ministry with dreams of marrying and having children.
Through the encouragement of a dear friend – prophetess Marguerite Breedy-Haynes of Saving The Lost At Any Cost ministry – he thanks God for the freedom to talk about his former lifestyle.
“I want people to know that God can deliver anybody from a life of homosexuality. They can be transformed. Homosexuality is wrong. It is an abomination and people need to get out of it quickly. It is taking over this and other nations.”
He offered parents some advice on how to deal with their children.
“If they are homosexuals, they need help. Putting them out of the house won’t help. Homosexuality needs to be dealt with. It is total disrespect to God for men to marry men and women to marry women.
“People who do these things are destroying their lives,” reiterated Hendricks, who said he went through many deliverance sessions before being “set free”.
“I don’t play with my life any more. I am now in Christ. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. I am radical for Christ and I want to see the church rise up and take a stand against homosexuality. It is wrong!”