The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), gathered at the Monroe City High School for the “See You at The Pole” (SYATP) annual event on September 25 at 7:30 a.m. prior to school. The FCA is led by Mr. Ed Talton and Mrs. Dawn Skaggs. Parents, students and faculty gathered together to celebrate this year’s event theme being ‘If’, with the theme verse being 2 Chronicles 7:14. The group gathered in the new front entrance way, near the flag pole.
Promptly at 7:30 a.m., the high school choir opened with the National Anthem followed by Spencer Fuller giving the welcome and explaining to the crowd the history of See You at the Pole. Fuller stated, “This event began with a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas. On the first official SYATP event, there were 45,000 teenagers meeting at the school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school. Today two million students in all 50 states and more than 20 countries take part in SYATP.”
Next, Emilee Lehenbauer recited the theme verse, followed by Josiah Talton leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Several students announced scriptures during the event. Antwuan Battle read Philippians 2:10, Mahaela Washington recited Psalm 95:6, Lizzie Hagan spoke Mark 1:40, Keenan Batsell read Romans 11:4, Connor Pfaff recited Psalm 34:17 and Braedyn Hawkins read Psalm 88:1.
Next, Clara Minor asked for the crowd to take a moment and pray silently that God will help each keep the commandments of our Lord and to remember to pray for encouragement when a person finds it hard to act as Jesus would. She encouraged everyone to remember to be thankful to the Lord who can do all things through each student at their school.
Dalton McAfee gave a prayer to be set free from the evil one and God’s love will be shown through our community, and Parris Shively read Matthew 9:38. McKenzie Moss asked for everyone attending to take a moment of silence for God to use the event to initiate and build up a core of students with a purpose to share the gospel with unsaved friends at school. She said, “Remember prayers are answered, but on God’s time and plan for your life.”
Then, Julie Ryan shared a prayer for all the students, asking God to give them the right words as they boldly tell others about the Lord and as they would share His gift of salvation, she added, “At this time we will offer sentence prayers for others and our community.”
Natalie Bichsel prayed for the school board, superintendent, faculty and staff at local schools, Bradley Donovan prayed for the local community will work to make Monroe City safe for people to live and work. Ammarae Murphy prayed for all youth who suffer with depression, feeling rejected or unloved. Will Ball prayed for disturbed youth and adults would turn away from violence, Kenedee Ogle prayed that each will continue to work peace in their homes, community, nation and for leaders to give good examples by the way they live and Joshua Talton prayed for youth addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Kiera McDaniel gave prayer for all the children in the community, Emily Osborn prayed for the farmers and their families, Bailey Hays prayed each attending would commit themselves to follow Jesus always and for the courage to proclaim Him to others and Lauren Youngblood prayed for each to have the courage to proclaim their faith in Jesus and love according to His way. After each one prayed the crowd responded saying, “Lord hear our prayer”.
The event ended with Emilee Lehenbauer reciting Matthew 18:20 and Spencer Fuller giving thanks to everyone attending and reminding those in attendance to never stop praying to the Heavenly Father or praying with others helping unite them in the presence of the Lord and closed the event with the Lord’s Prayer.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
The FCA mission is to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Their vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.