Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee as the twentieth child of twenty-two children. She grew up in poverty and had a terrible encounter with sickness as a child. By age twelve, she experienced double pneumonia, polio, scarlet fever, measles, and chickenpox. Through the many sicknesses she experienced a crippled leg that caused her to wear braces. The doctors told her she would probably never walk again, but her mother constantly told her she would!
Four years later, Wilma Rudolph won a bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics while she was still in high school. She was the youngest member of the Olympic team. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won three gold medals, becoming the first American woman to do so. In the process, she broke three world records.
Wilma went on to tell of her sickness-riddled childhood that … Read More »
If you were born in the nineties or before, you were alive for a piece of history you may not even realize. At a high school in a Texas town in 1990, the very first See You at the Pole (SYATP) gathering was held with only ten students in attendance. Since then, despite opposition, the event has been repeated on an annual basis on the third Wednesday in September.
This is a twenty-five year old movement of prayer in which Christian students from elementary school to college level meet at the school flagpole to pray. This program has spread to more than three million participants internationally, according to the Baptist Press. The news of the original ten students spread to Christian youth leaders in the area. The following month, leaders challenged over 20,000 Christian teens in Dallas to follow the … Read More »
Here we are again, back in the swing of life and routine that accompanies every school year. New classes, new people, new choices and chances keep this year wide open to countless possibilities.
Possibilities. What do you think of when you hear that word? Words like endless or countless—maybe even new—tend to rush to our minds. Why? Because we associate the word possibility with the idea of fresh or new beginnings; the concept that something is now possible that was not before. Sometimes our circumstances change and bring in new possibilities where there were none. Other times our circumstances change our ability to see what was there all along.
Every year since 1990, in schools around the country, students have gathered to pray on the fourth Wednesday of the month of September in a concerted effort called See You at the … Read More »
It seems like just yesterday I was in my senior year, completely engrossed in all Wakulla High had to offer! I remember the pep rallies, student council meetings, chorus concerts, and all the other events that go hand in hand with being a high student—such as “See You At the Pole.”
I didn’t realize the significance of showing up in the school’s courtyard. I didn’t know the importance of standing in a circle around a flagpole, while holding hands and praying. It just seemed fun and a lot of the other kids in the school’s Christian club were doing it.
In a few days, I’ll be turning twenty-four, and now. Now, I understand. It’s more than just a tradition. It’s a vital stand for Christianity in our country. That’s right! You as a teen, student pastor, or youth worker are making … Read More »