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This morning at 8:05AM almost a dozen students gathered around the flagpole at Essex District High School. As I write this post students at Gosfield North Central Public School are gathering at their school. Why, you may be wondering? Because today is our annual See You At The Pole (SYATP) event. Still confused? Let me explain.

It all started with a small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas who came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in 1990. These students wanted to spend time together praying to God and growing spiritually together. Throughout this experience they felt a real great burden to pray for their schools; they drive to three different schools that night, gathered around the flagpole, and prayed. It was as simple as that

The vision for this grew however; the students wanted to coordinate an effort where students all over Texas would be praying simultaneously for their schools. This movement quickly adopted the name See You At The Pole (every school has a flag pole) and the idea was shared with 20,000 students in June of 1990 at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. That year, on September 12, 45,000 students gathered at the flagpoles of their school in four different states to pray before the start of school.

On September 11, 1991, the number quickly grew to 1,000,000 students praying at the flagpoles of their school from Boston all the way to Los Angeles. Today there is over 3,000,000 students praying in the United States as well as a vast number of students from over 20 countries around the world.

One act of faithfulness in 1990 has sparked a worldwide student prayer movement. And we have been a part of this for two years running at Essex District High School. Though we are only a very small part of this large movement, faithfulness in prayer pays off more than we can possibly imagine.

2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

James 5:16  “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

For more information fee free to visit www.syatp.com

Its been a while since my last post; however, I am now back from vacation and would like to offer congratulations to all of our EDHS graduates of 2011! Last night parents, teachers and graduates gathered together to celebrate the culmination of 14 years of public school education. In the words of the superintendent of the Greater Essex County District School Board (Mr. J. Hillman), “[parents]…you can have them back now”.

A number of students from Emergency Ministries played a role in the graduation. The ceremony began with an excellent rendition of “O Canada” by Taylor Horner, one of our graduates and Emergency Ministries worship team musicians. A poem was ready by Nichole Howson, our resident Epic Book Drive coordinator. Nichole’s thirst for community volunteer activities will be missed within our youth ministry. Also recognized last evening were Michael Sheppart (who plans to…SAVE THE WORLD!!!), Jonathan Howson who will be studying accounting at the University of Windsor and Tiffani Gill-Carew who “does not want to grow up just yet” and so will be returning for just one more year of High School. A number of other individuals who have been associated with our youth ministries over the years were recognized for their academic achievements as well.

You will remember in my Blessing for our Kids post that I encouraged parents to seize significant milestones like graduation and use these occasions to encourage and pray blessings over your children. I was honored to give the invocation at the ceremony last night and I prayed that as the students pursued further knowledge and life experience that they would also “…take time to fill their souls with the giver of abundant life”. I did not say that by accident and I truly pray this for each graduating class.

To all of the graduates in 2011, congrats!!

This morning at Essex District High School and this evening at Essex Gospel Community Church we have the opportunity to hear Brett Ullman speak about a difficult topic that is most often not talked about in our school, churches, or homes. It is talked about in popular media, music videos, movies and video games. This topic is self-harm and substance abuse.

This is what Brett’s website (www.brettullman) says about this topic and his talks:

Today, thousands of young people, under-confident and often scared, are seeking release from their personal struggles in ways many adults would prefer not to contemplate and, sadly, ignore. You probably have friends who cut, friends who are bulimic and you know self-injury is a serious problem in teen culture today. Self-injury is taking teen culture by storm and its impact is evident in movies, music lyrics and countless music videos. This talk opens up discussion, raises awareness and shows a way out of the darkness.

The school wide assembly at 12PM today was well attended (~800-900 students) and 90% of the individuals indicated to Brett that they knew someone who had struggled with cutting and/or self-harm. After the talk there were at least a dozen students who spoke with Brett about a variety of real issues that they were facing. This is the first step…talk to someone about this.

I know that there are many people within our community who struggle with self-harm and substance abuse; I know this because I have heard their stories. I also know that while some are brave enough to talk about these things, even more people do not.

If this is you or someone you know, you do need to talk about it and you can get help. The staff and volunteers at Emergency Ministries (EGCC’s Sr. High Youth Program) are more than happy to talk to you and give you the help that we can offer; we are also happy to help you find help for situations that are beyond what you can handle alone. You can reach us on facebook (Emergency Ministries) or by e-mail (youth@essexgospel.com).

Take the first step…you can do this!

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (John 12:46)