The theme of this year’s “See you at the Pole” challenged students to engage in their schools and communities. At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 students gathered around Corban College’s campus flagpole to pray for their communities, peers, schools, and nation. The student-initiated and led event was part of an international prayer rally that set a time for students to gather together in prayer.
Student Sarah Seibert said the morning was, “a reminder of the Lord’s love for His children. It was a great time to reflect on the past, praise God for the present and look forward to His plans for the future.”
Seibert opened her orange and yellow leather-bound Bible and shared 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, which states, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Participating in the event was not a first for Chris Trammell. He also attended “See you at the Pole” while growing up and going to public school. Trammell found many witnessing opportunities as a result of the occasion.
“I like to pray for all of those kids who are willing to make a stand on that public mission field,” Trammell said. “I pray that they will have the courage to live for the one whom they are standing under the pole for: Jesus Christ.”
The morning was an encouragement to Ashley Moser who said, “We should have it [See you at the Pole] more often.”
ASB President Josh Warner also enjoyed the event.
“It was very refreshing to gather with fellow believers, lifting our nation up in prayer,” he said.
The time of prayer and fellowship was followed by coffee, doughnuts and conversation. Students sat at tables outside of Schimmel, talking before class, greeting students coming from Aagard and offering breakfast to all who passed by. “See you at the Pole” was encouraging to all who attended.
Some even found the early meeting as enlivening.
“When I was driving [to school], it was really refreshing to be awake so early in the morning,” said Annie Mckay, a junior. “I think there’s something to be said for being awake when the sun is rising and to be praying with other students.”