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300 Attend Vigil for Jim Pouillon

By Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Editors

"Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it
and whosever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it."

With only a day's notice, nearly 300 people attended the Sunday, Sept. 13th vigil for slain pro-lifer Jim Pouillon. With several reporters and TV cameras present, hymns were sung, prayers were offered, testimonials were proclaimed and Scripture readings declared. Scripture readings included: Isaiah 50: 4-9, Psalm 116 and Mark 8: 27-38: "Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it and whosever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it."

These words describe perfectly what happened to dedicated pro-lifer and devout Christian Jim Pouillon. Your CPLS director stated: "Jim was killed becaue he held the photo of a victim of abortion. Anyone who holds such a sign stands next to Jesus as he hangs on the Cross. To stand with such a sign is to place yourself on the side of the outcast, the abandoned, the unwanted, the misunderstood--and in that way you stand next to Jesus on the Cross. No matter what anyone wants to say about Jim's death--especially those who support abortion-- he died for his faith and he died for the cause of life. That is the meaning of his death. He was a voice for the outcast and now his blood had been mixed with theirs.

His death must cause us to re-commit ourselves to the pro-life cause. We must become more generous, be willing to take risks and make sacrifices--allow ourselves to be spent for this cause. The pro-life cause is worth living for--it is worth dying for."

Roadside Memorial The roadside memorial for slain pro-lifer, Jim Pouillon
The Crowd Gathers Crowd assembles for the vigil which took place outside of Owosso High School, Owosso, Michigan, where Jim was killed holding a pro-life sign across the street from the school.
Monica Migliorino Miller addresses the crowd Citizen's for a Pro-Life Society Director, Monica Migliorina Miller, addresses the crowd.
Mary Jo, grand daughter of Jim Pouillon Jim Pouillon's granddaughter, Mary Jo, reads from Jim's much used Bible. Jim dropped her off at the high school just before he was gunned down across the street from the school.
Frank Samson Frank Samson-- the brave motorist who saw the gunman, Harlan Drake--followed him in his car after he shot Jim- and wrote down Drake's license plate number. He turned over the information to the police who captured Drake before he was able to kill his third intended victim. Thus, Mr. Samson saved a life that day.
Carolyn Wegener Jim's good friend Carolyn Wegener gives testimonial.
Woman shows emotion Woman shows emotion during testimonials to Jim.
Praying the Rosary A rosary is offered for the repose of Jim's soul, his family and for Harlan Drake, the gunman who took Jim's life.
Monica Migliorino Miller addresses the crowd Vigil concludes with singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Cal Zastow, a very good friend of Jim's, attended the vigil (standing at left in white shirt with his son.)

Photography and Article Source: cps
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