A 90-year-old Connecticut priest is spending thousands of dollars to encourage people to pray for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Rev. Ed Nadolny, whose family is from Ukraine, has launched a billboard campaign in at least seven communities throughout Connecticut, asking God to change Putin’s heart.
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“Please, Jesus, change V. Putin’s heart,” the billboard reads. It also includes an image of Christ.
Nadolny told WTIC-TV he has spent $16,000 so far on placards and newspaper ads urging invocations for the Russian leader. He also offered an explanation of why he’s embarking on the campaign.
“I don’t care what church you go to or what synagogue you go to, each one of us has a terribly important responsibility to pray,” Nadolny said. “Kids are getting killed, hospitals and orphanages are getting hit. So, this [Putin] is a madman. And I’m praying that the people of Russia will rise up.”
As WTIC-TV noted, “highway evangelizing” is nothing new for Nadolny, who spent $336,000 last year through his Good News Fund to spread many messages about praying for important causes.
The priest said he creates his billboards and messages to help people realize they’re not alone.
According to a GoFundMe assembled to support Nadolny’s cause, more than 2 million cars pass his billboards each day. The priest even includes his personal phone number on some placards to offer an avenue for anyone in the community who might need help.
Nadolny’s call for prayer comes amid Russia’s ongoing deadly assault in Ukraine. More than 1 million Ukrainians have reportedly fled the country over the past week as death and destruction have intensified.
Pray for an end to the crisis and peace and resolution for those enduring the chaos.
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