This is a beautiful way to bring the students together in their faith while also spreading a message of love to the world.
It appears that we all need to draw closer to God through prayer during these difficult times for humanity, with the ongoing pandemic. That has claimed many lives and forced millions to struggle to make ends meet as businesses close, as well as the most recent killings of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
In preparation for the annual “See You at the Pole” event, which began 21 years ago, thousands of students from schools across the country and beyond gathered together before morning classes on Wednesday to pray in unison for the first time in history.
For this year’s theme, we looked to James 4:10: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
What an AWESOME morning for Byrnes FCA and See you at the Pole!!! Thank You Coach Henderson for the great words!!! pic.twitter.com/auGOqMDf1T— Billy Anderson Jr (@BandersonBilly) September 23, 2021
Many of the students spoke about their motivations for participating in the event. “There is just so much going on in our country and among our leaders,” said freshman Faith Eilertson of Croatan High School in North Carolina. We must pray for our country. Because they are confronted with so many situations, the leaders require wisdom.”
Another student, Brody Weihrauch, a freshman, spoke about the significance of the prayer session. “We have a responsibility to come together and pray because this country has done so much for us.” I’m hoping for the best for the students and the entire country. As a result of the situation in Afghanistan, I am praying for our military,” he said.
Beautiful sunrise for FCA’s “See You At the Pole” this morning. ❤️🦅🏀 pic.twitter.com/ZpJDtmuGqS— Ursula Hill (@CoachUrsulaHill) September 22, 2021
In addition to Shelby Valley High School in Pikeville, Kentucky, and Tyler Legacy High School in Tyler, Texas, many other schools had students participate in the prayer service.
Many of the students at these schools, such as sophomore Collier Fuller (who spoke to the news station WYMT-TV), expressed their gratitude by saying, “It makes me feel like I have a connection to everyone in this room, or everybody in the circle while I’m praying.”
KLTV-TV interviewed freshman Lillian, who explained that it helps him and the rest of his classmates to put God into their hearts while also putting God into the school system.
To participate in the annual event that brings everyone together, students at Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas, were granted a break from football practice to participate in the event.
In an interview with the Killeen Daily Herald, football player Aleczander Patterson stated, “It makes me feel a lot closer to them, to be completely honest.” In my experience, many of them are dealing with personal difficulties for which they should probably pray to God…” It simply means a great deal to see them open up like that and demonstrate their true selves.”
Caleb Newberry, another football player at the school, stated that “See You at the Pole” is an opportunity to spread God’s word and the message of Christ to those who are watching.
This morning, we gathered together across the country to stand in prayer and glorify God! Thousands of students stepped out and shared their faith in their schools. #SYATP 🙌👏🙏✨🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/A0HYbR8gJN— LifeMission Church (@lifemissionKS) September 22, 2021
This is a beautiful method to bring the kids together in their religion while also sending a message of love to the world.