While prayer is a part of many people's daily lives, millions of students will unite next Wednesday around flag poles across the country.
The annual See You at the Pole will be observed Sept. 25 at 7 a.m. at schools across the United States. A number of Barnwell County schools typically participate each year.
"See You at the Pole is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event," according to www.fca.org, the website for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The global day of student prayer event began in 1990 with a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, coming together for a DiscpleNow weekend.
"They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience," according www.syatp.com.
The movement quickly grew and now, more than twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.
"Since 1991, See You at the Pole has grown to God-sized proportions. Within the first few years, the movement began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now each year, more than 3 million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole. Students in more than 20 countries take part. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray," states www.syatp.com.
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