Rockwell Christian students gather at the pole
On Sept. 25, the student body of Rockwell Christian School gathered in observance of “See You at the Pole,” a national day of student prayer. Each year since 1990, thousands of students across the nation have gathered at their respective school flagpoles on the fourth Wednesday of September to pray for their nation.
This event grew from a gathering of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, who became broken before God and burdened for their friends, schools and leaders. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night, where they gathered at the school flagpoles and prayed. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience. Since 1991, “See You at the Pole” has grown. Now, each year, more than 3 million students from all over the world participate in “See You at the Pole.”
Students of Rockwell Christian School’s American Christian Honor Society (ACHS) organized the observance for their school. Though the rain kept the students from gathering at the flagpole, it did not dampen their spirits. They simply moved the observance into the sanctuary of Bethel Baptist Church. ACHS Chaplain Titus Cruse welcomed the students, faculty and parents with a Scripture reading from II Chronicles 7:14 and a prayer, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
President Nathan Hoehman challenged the group with a history of the day and with how God has used a small group of students from Texas as a catalyst for student-led nationwide and international prayer. As Jonah Patil and Micah Eagle presented the American and Christian flags, the student body sang “God Bless America.” Principal David Case closed by encouraging those present to continue to pray that the righteous might be in authority so that the people might rejoice (Prov. 29:2), because righteousness exalted a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Prov. 14:34).