See You at the Pole Resources
by Doug Clark
The See You at the Pole store is OPEN!
The website store went live on August 8. Free and affordable promotional resources are available at www.syatp.com, including tee-shirts, promo videos, artwork, posters, wristbands and more.
The most efficient way to order is using the online ordering system. But orders can also be phoned in to the Ft. Worth, Texas office by calling 817-HIS PLAN between 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m., Central time, Monday-Friday.
See You at the Pole is September 28, 2011. The theme for SYATP this year is CONVERGE (Matthew 18:20).
In a nutshell, SYATP is students (middle school, high school, college) gathering at their school flagpole before school on the fourth Wednesday of September to pray for themselves, their school, their community, and their country. It's student-initiated and student-led. It doesn't have to cost anything. It's not a political statement, protest or demonstration. It's simply about prayer. If another time or place works better for the students, they should do it wherever and whenever works best for them.
How See You at the Pole started
It's worth noting that the inspiration for SYATP was a small group of students who were meeting in a home for a weekend retreat in early 1990 with a volunteer couple as their adult leaders. When God "showed up" in a time of commitment during the weekend, the students felt led to go pray on a Saturday night at schools around their home in Burleson, Texas. They felt conspicuous and a little uncomfortable, but were obedient to what they sensed was the Holy Spirit's leading.
Their experience was shared with some youth leaders who were planning a state-wide conference for later that spring in Dallas. Looking for a way to unite students in prayer for their schools across the state when they were going to start the 1990-1991 school year, they took the example of the Burleson group, choosing one common day and suggesting the flagpole as an easy place to find other Christian students for prayer before school.
Although organizers of that event thought as many as 5,000 might take the challenge to get up early and pray, they heard reports of over 56,000 praying on 1,200 schools, spreading by word-of-mouth to three other states. In 1991, it spread all over the U.S. and in other countries. It was clear that God was doing something bigger than any of the original planners thought. Read the full story here.