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Students gather for prayer

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Northview High School seniors (from left) Tyler Cooper, Samantha Owen and Shelby Cox gather in the foyer of the school with classmates for prayer Wednesday morning for See You At the Pole. [Order this photo]
Millions of Christian students around the globe arrived to school early Wednesday morning for fellowship, singing and praying with one another.

Students of every age took part in the international event, See You at the Pole, which happens every fourth Wednesday of September and began in 1990.

The morning of devotion is based off of Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

Northview High School students opened their meeting by singing worship songs, while junior Ethan Sands accompanied them on guitar.

"I've always come to this, and I keep coming back for the time of fellowship," Sands explained. "I enjoy and appreciate having the freedom to do this."

After the song service, Northview Bible Club members Samantha Owen and Shelby Cox shared scriptures with their classmates.

"It was amazing because about a half-an-hour ago hardly anyone was here so we didn't expect a big turn out," Owen said, "but in a matter of minutes people just came flooding in to join us."

"I come to pray because it's a good thing for our school and community, and I want to pray for those that need to find Jesus," Cox told The Brazil Times.

Before prayer, Northview senior Tyler Cooper shared his testimony with those in attendance.

Cooper said his mother left him on his grandparents doorstep when he was 3-years-old, and he spent more than 14 years praying for her to come back or at least call to explain why she'd decided to leave him.

His heart became heavy, and his brother had started suffering from seizures, he explained.

Then one day, Cooper said, his mother called him, and he went to visit her the following summer in Florida.

"After we saw her again, my brother stopped having seizures, and it was like it had never happened," Cooper said. "But in my mind and my heart, it will always be there and always hurt. But through all that, God was there to help me overcome."

After the students led themselves in prayer and all had an opportunity to speak, hosting school faculty served students a variety of donuts and milk. Northview Guidance Director Susan Treash and Transitional Work Experience Program and Special Services instructor Bev Highamhosted the event as faculty sponsors of the Bible club.

"This is the eleventh year we've been doing this, and I know it's hard for them (the students) to get up so early," Treash said. "But it's always a blessing."

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And I thought God was expelled from school. This is WONDERFUL!! God bless you all!!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Sep 29, 2011, at 8:18 AM

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