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Topics We Cover On This Episode
- [3:50] Jim Ball: Leader of the Green Bay, Wisconsin 40 Days for Life campaign
- [5:02] The first 24/7 vigil that happened in Green Bay - before Jim got involved
- [6:45] What's the point of having a vigil when an abortion facility is closed?
- [8:23] How 24/7 vigils put pressure on those in charge of abortion facilities
- [13:39] The type of men who work the overnight shifts in the 24/7 vigils
- [15:55] The practical challenges of overcoming weather conditions in Green Bay
- [22:01] How to expand from smaller vigils to 24 hour vigils
In the fight to end abortion, many innovative approaches are being taken - but what's happened in Green Bay, Wisconsin is one of the most powerful yet. Jim Ball has been actively leading groups of men and women in 24/7 vigils outside abortion facilities to pray and provide a hopeful presence in the darkness of the abortion culture. In this conversation, Jim shares stories and stats about how these 24-hour 40 Days for Life campaigns are impacting those involved and the communities they serve.
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What's the point of being at an abortion facility when it's closed at night?
Jim Ball leads a group of men in Green Bay, Wisconsin who call themselves "Sleep No More." Their name comes from the belief that men have been silent about abortion for far too long and that--as part of their God-given role as protectors of women--men need to rise up. It's this group of men who take the night shifts in the Green Bay 40 Days for Life 24-hour vigils. No matter the weather or obstacles, these men spend their time praying in solidarity and defense of abortion-vulnerable moms and babies. In this conversation, Jim shares the impact the 24/7 team in Green Bay has had. It's super encouraging, so don't miss it.
24/7 vigils put pressure on those in charge of abortion facilities
The sacrifice and commitment required to pull off a 24/7 vigil for a period of 40 days helps close abortion facilities. The vigils draw public attention to the issue and expose the hidden side of what happens inside the facilities. Jim Ball said he received confirmation Green Bay's around-the-clock vigils played a huge part in closing the local abortion center. You can hear the encouraging stories of what has happened in Green Bay and learn how you can take steps to see the same things happen in your community on this episode.
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Weather is not an obstacle to ending abortion
There are few places in the 40 Days for Life world with winters harsher than Green Bay, Wisconsin. Can you imagine the dedication and sacrifice required to walk a vigil at 3 AM--in Green Bay--in a blizzard? That's the experience many of the men involved in the Green Bay 40 Days for Life campaign have had, and not one of them regrets it. Though the conditions are harsh and the nights can be long, they are committed to the end of abortion--and have effectively seen it come about in Green Bay. Listen to hear how 24/7 vigils accomplished the end of abortion in Green Bay.
It's in sacrifice that true joy is found
Jim Ball notes that there is a lot of talk in our society about suffering--but he feels there should also be a light shining on the power of sacrifice. It's in sacrificing for the sake of others that we find joy--not necessarily in a "feel good" way while we are making the sacrifice, but from the satisfaction we feel when we see the blessing our sacrifice has been in the lives of others. That?s when the sacrifice is seen for what it is: a loving act that has brought life and joy to another human being. Jim explains how the 24/7 vigils in the Green Bay 40 Days for Life campaign have provided that kind of joy for participants.
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Photos by Sam Lucero, courtesy of The Compass
Resources & People Mentioned
- Green Bay, Wisconsin 40 Days For Life
- See Jim's "Sleep No More" video
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