See You At the Pole 2018 – Broken – This years See You At the Pole is September 26, 2018 with the Bible verse from Ephesians 3:14. #SYATP
When I see the theme, Broken, it reminds me of the song Broken Things by Matthew West.
Since it is Back to School time, I figured I would share when the 2018 See You At The Pole is. This is a great time for students to hand out LifeBooks or other Gospel of John’s, Bibles and Gospel Tracts.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, Ephesians 3:14. The point of See You At The Pole is for students to pray at their schools. It will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at schools across the United States and in many other countries. This event falls during Global Week of Student Prayer.
In recent years, the event has become more than just one day of prayer. With diverse schedules at participating schools, students are being challenged to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the Global Week of Student Prayer — September 23-29.
Then on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 a.m. local time, if possible, students are encouraged to gather at a school flagpole to pray at See You at the Pole™. This means that, all around the world in every time zone, for 24 hours, students will be praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities.
This is the 28th anniversary for See You at the Pole™, a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Ft. Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990. SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
Everything necessary for students to plan and promote a successful SYATP is available free at www.syatp.com. There is also a Facebook page: go to “myseeyouatthepole”. Promotional resources can be ordered online or by calling (817) HIS-PLAN (817-447-7526) between 9-5 (Central Time), Monday-Friday. Brochures, bulletin inserts, handbooks, and posters are some of the materials available for 2018.
The San Diego-based National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates SYATP promotion. Daryl Nuss, executive director of the Network, commented: “See You at the Pole™ empowers students in prayer at the beginning of the school year to take leadership at their schools.”
Church congregations can show support for See You at the Pole™ by sponsoring special “Pray for Schools” emphasis in their worship services September 16, two weekends before See You at the Pole™. Participants can recognize and pray for Christian students, educators and schools in their congregations. For resources, please go to PrayForSchools.com.
The See You at the Pole Story
A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a Disciple Now weekend in early 1990. 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.
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, Texas.
Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7:00 a.m. on September 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.
On September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, 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, an estimated 1 million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole™. Students in more than 64 countries have participated. In places like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, students are responding to God and taking seriously the challenge to pray.
God is continuing to call His people to repentance and prayer. Countless inspiring testimonies of how He has used See You at the Pole™ to bring students to Christ and to change lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer meetings, and other ministries have begun on campuses where students participated in See You at the Pole™.
Past SYATP Events
Check out these blog post of interest:
- The Life Book Movement
- Using Tracts as a Witnessing Tool
- Bold for Christ
- Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Bold About Your Witness
- Being a Witness for Christ: Light & Salt
- Free Gospel Tracts & Gospel of John Books
Soon after SYATP is Bring Your Bible to School Day, well you should bring your Bible to school every day, but there is a day set aside for that.