See You at the Pole™ 2012, the Annual Global Day of Student Prayer, is scheduled Wednesday, September 26, at schools across the United States.
“AWAKEN” (from Ephesians 3:14-21), is this year’s theme for the student-initiated and student-led movement that started in 1990 in a Southern Baptist youth group in Burleson, Texas, near Fort Worth.
SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles, usually 15 minutes before the first bell, to intercede for their leaders, schools and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
Other nations, including Australia and Canada, have launched SYATP movements with their own promotional efforts.
Daryl Watts, student specialist for California Southern Baptist Convention, said parents and youth workers are invited to pray for students at the same time, but should do so at church, at work or across the street from the campus.
The San Diego-based National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates SYATP promotion. Daryl Nuss, executive director of the Network, said: “SYATP helps launch teenagers and college students – in unity – to minister to their peers. See You at the Pole empowers students in prayer at the beginning of the school year to take leadership at their schools. What better way is there to begin a semester than to pray for their friends, community, and nation?”
Church congregations nationwide can show support for See You at the Pole™ by sponsoring special “Campus Challenge Sunday” commissioning services September 22-23, the weekend before the event. Participants will recognize and pray for students and educators in their congregations. For resources, please contact Doug Clark at (858) 946-1410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everything necessary for students to plan and promote a successful SYATP is available free at www.syatp.com.
Persons needing more information about See You at the Pole™ or learning how to impact high school and junior high school campuses can visit the SYATP Website or contact Watts either by e-mail or by calling 559.229.9533, x261.