During each 40 Days for Life campaign, we always emphasize the importance of praying at the locations where abortions are being performed. It?s a powerful opportunity to be the last sign of hope before a woman has an abortion?and the first sign of mercy if she goes through with it.

But there are some folks for whom it is simply impossible to pray at the abortion centers. If that?s you ? please know that your prayers are still incredibly valuable!

Here?s the story of one campaign leader who?s going the extra mile to tap into all of that prayer power.


Earlier this year, Jim Ball in Green Bay decided to specifically court the prayers of individuals who can?t make it out to the vigil site.

For years, Jim has led two 24-hour-a-day campaigns each year in the ?frozen tundra? of Green Bay?all without missing an hour of coverage! The blustery overnight hours are covered by a group of faithful men who refer to themselves as the Sleep No More team due to their willingness to forgo a good night?s rest in service to abortion-vulnerable mothers and their babies.

After Jim?s efforts helped close Green Bay?s only abortion center in 2013, Jim moved his campaign to the local Planned Parenthood abortion referral center.

Even with the success the Green Bay 40 Days for Life team has been blessed with, the long nights and cold winters take a toll. As a result, Jim decided to recruit off-site prayer warriors to bolster his effort. Jim successfully recruited the Carmelite nuns from nearby Denmark, Wisconsin to pray from their cloister.

Not only that, but Jim writes, ?One of our Sleep No More vets works closely with inmates in the Brown County jail. He has offered these men the hope of praying for us, as we pray for them.? No fewer than 15 men working to turn their lives around have adopted a prayer shift from a distance?praying in solidarity with specific individuals, churches and groups who will be at the vigil site.

Steven Karlen, Campaign Director

Prior to joining the headquarters team, Steve directed several highly-successful 40 Days for Life campaigns in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. As campaign director, Steve helps local 40 Days for Life leaders build and improve life-saving efforts in their communities.