By Caleb Scott
White Oak Middle School students will meet at the See You at the Pole event tomorrow at the campus flagpole at 7:00 a.m.
A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a Disciple Now weekend in early 1990 and little did they know that God was about to move in power. The students were broken and burdened for their friends and felt compelled to pray, yet not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders.
From that Disciple Now weekend, the event, See You at the Pole (SYATP) was created and is an annual gathering of thousands of Christian students at a flagpole in front of their local schools for prayer, scripture-reading and worship, during the early morning before school starts.
“Every September we have the honor to listen to our students as they gather and pray, FCA co-sponsor Amy Heim said. “There is nothing like listening to a student pray and obey what God has commanded us to do.” I am so proud to be a part of a community that not only allows but encourages students to stand up for their faith.”
Twenty-eight years after its beginning, millions of students pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. After the morning rallies take place they are followed evening events.
The rallies are sponsored by local churches or local youth ministry networks and generally include one or more of the following elements: Contemporary Christian Music concert, worship, testimonies, drama, and/or a speaker.
“I am so proud to be a part of a community that not only allows but encourages students to stand up for their faith,” Heim said.