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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • SYATP slated Wed.

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  • Area schools will participate in the global day of student prayer known as See You at the Pole Wednesday morning.
    The event began in 1990 as a grass roots movement in Burleson, Texas, when a group of teenagers came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. Following the weekend, the students, compelled to pray, 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.
    God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously. The challenge was named See You at the Pole™ at a brainstorming session during a meeting of key youth leaders. The vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas.
    Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7 a.m. Sept. 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school. Reports came into toll-free number for days after the first event.
    A few months later, a group of youth ministers from all over the country gathered together for a national conference in Colorado. Many of them reported that their students had heard about the prayer movement in Texas and were equally burdened for their schools. No other events had been planned, but it was clear that students across the country would be creating their own national day of student prayer. There was no stopping them.
    At 7 a.m. Sept. 11, 1991, an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston to Los Angeles and from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.
    As in all great movements of prayer, See You at the Pole™ did not begin in the hearts of people. It began in the heart of God. God used the obedience of a small group of teenagers to ignite what has become an international movement of prayer among young people.
    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.
    Page 2 of 2 - See You at the Pole for area schools will begin at the following times:
    Bastrop High School - 7:30 a.m.
    Beekman Charter School - 7 a.m.
    Delta Magnet School - 7:45 a.m.
    Morehouse junior High School - 7:25 a.m.
    Prairie View Academy - 7 a.m.
    There will also be a "Saw You at the Pole" event held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the football field of PVA. Area youth groups will be singing and a message will be brought. This event is open to all teens and their parents.
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