Linda could tell she was being watched.
From the parking lot, a man in a car monitored her as she stood in prayer in front of the Falls Church, Virginia abortion facility prior to the suspension of public vigil.
Finally, a man got out of his car, approached her, and told her that years ago he took the only woman he ever loved to have an abortion. With the passage of time, the gravity of his loss had begun to sink in.
Linda told the heartbroken man about God's mercy and post-abortion healing resources, and he broke down in tears.
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Though the public vigil has ended, we continue to share stories and photos from the campaign's first 25 days.
"I forced three of my girlfriends to have an abortion," a man told 40 Days for Life volunteers in Croatia.
"My wife had an abortion and she didn’t tell me anything about it," said another.
"These are only some of the testimonies from various men that we had an opportunity to hear," said Petra, who helps coordinate vigils in dozens of cities across Croatia.
The devastating stories inspired campaigns across the country to launch "Healing of the Father's Heart," a post-abortion program for men. The Croatian campaigns also specifically designated Wednesday as a day for men to pray for an end to abortion each week.
"The sight of those men who gathered to pray thrilled everyone all around Croatia," Petra said. "Imagine what would happen when every man would stand up for the mother of his child."
A man who said he felt "horrible" for taking girls to Planned Parenthood for abortions when he was younger brought a donation to 40 Days for Life vigil participants.
He said he didn't know what he was doing at the time. Volunteers gave him a shirt as well as information on post-abortion healing resources.
The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
— Revelation 12:4-5 3
O God, from generation to generation, you have called your people to be the very aroma of life amidst a culture of death. Now it is our turn. Prepare me. Send me. Use me. I am eager to do my part. Stir your people everywhere to take up this great work.