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See You at the Pole set for Sept. 27

See You at the Pole, the annual global day of student prayer, is Wednesday, Sept. 27. This year’s theme is “Wholehearted.”

All around the globe, in every time zone, millions of students will meet at their school’s flagpole for a time of prayer for the 33rd Annual See You at the Pole. SYATP is a student-initiated, student organized and student-led event.

SYATP is about one simple thing – students in prayer. Before school, thousands of students locally meet at their school’s flagpole in prayer for their friends, families, school, city, state and nation. This year’s SYATP emphasis is “Wholehearted,” taken from Jeremiah 29:13.

“This year’s theme is very convicting and serves as a reminder that God wants our full  commitment. Jesus made us His first priority when He died on the cross for us, and He deserves our full devotion,” said First Priority Greater Birmingham ministry director Debi DeBoer, who helps organize events in central Alabama. “When our hearts are divided, we become less effective in sharing the hope of  Christ with those around us.”

First Priority coordinates SYATP efforts for Greater Birmingham through:

Awareness – print, web, social media, TV and radio.

Students gathering at their school’s flagpole on the morning of Sept. 27, to  pray for their school, teachers, classmates, community, and our nation.

Community rallies, planned by local First Priority student volunteers and adults, that will be held on the evening of Sept. 27.

See You at the Pole began as a grassroots movement in 1990 when ten students started meeting and praying at several schools in the community during a weekend retreat. 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. First Priority estimates thousands of students across the Greater-Birmingham Area will participate  in SYATP this year. Many other students and supporters will participate through churches and various organizations throughout Alabama.

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