Students in schools across Ellis County gathered at flagpoles Wednesday morning for worship and prayer in keeping with the international prayer initiative conducted annually at schools.

Included in the prayer services were Waxahachie High School students and the student body of Waxahachie Preparatory Academy just a few blocks away.

At WHS, almost 100 students joined in a circle and worshiped to the music of a singing group from Bethesda Assembly of God, with guitar music played by senior Javi Solis, sophomore Miguel Martinez, senior Steven Garcia and senior Feliciano Garcia. Claudia Martinez, who is a junior, was the worship leader for the group.

“See You at the Pole is a great chance for everyone to get together and pray for our school and our community,” she said. “Through this, we have the opportunity to get our faith out there and take a stand for what we believe in.”

After Martinez and the guitarists led the group in about 10 minutes of worship choruses, the group joined hands and had a few minutes of silent prayer, with the service being concluded by Martinez.

According to a history of SYATP, the movement, which has virtually spread around the world, had its beginning when a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas participated in an initiative known as Disciple Now, which was held in early 1990. The group decided to drive to three area schools and gather around the flagpoles to pray for their friends, schools and leaders.

The initial meeting occurred In June 1990 when 20,000 students met at Reunion Arena in Dallas and on Sept. 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray early in the morning before school began.

By Sept. 11, 1991, one-million students gathered at school flagpoles throughout the country, and eventually more than 20 nations participate in the annual prayer vigil.

Traditionally, a “See You After the Pole” meeting is held in different locations, and Wednesday night’s meeting was to be held at Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus.

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