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Early risers pray at the pole

Posted: September 24, 2010 4:07 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2010 4:30 a.m.

A group of Valencia High students holds hands and prays for its school and the nation on Wednesday. The group continued to grow as the beginning of the school day drew closer. Just before the second period bell rang, about a dozen Christian students had gathered in prayer.

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Jessica Kwon only slept for three hours on Tuesday night. But when her alarm went off just before 5 a.m., the Valencia High student diligently packed up her bag and headed to school.

The sky was dark, the air was crisp and Valencia’s classrooms were empty. Jessica, a freshman, gathered with a small group of Christians in front of the school’s flagpoles.

They bowed their heads and started to pray.

“It’s better to come early, you get more time to pray for your school,” she said. “Prayer is a powerful thing.”

As the sun rose, some student left, and others came to observe See You at the Pole.

The annual global day of prayer is a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas in 1990.

The event brings students — and sometimes educators and parents — to their school flagpoles to pray for their leaders, campuses and families.

Students at several schools around the SCV participated.

By 7:15 a.m., the Valencia High drop-off loop bustled with car doors slamming, kids shuffling onto campus and even an irritated mother shouting out to her son about his forgotten cell phone.

But, the group of praying students huddled in a circle, and kept holding hands while uninterrupted.

“Dear Lord, I pray for the struggles of our nation,” said Allison Harada, a senior and president of the school’s Pathfinders Christian Club. “I pray that even with financial difficulties, that they would bring it to you Lord and that you would provide for them.”

French teacher Marzena Langdon, local youth pastor Aaron Gomez from Bouquet Canyon Church, and one parent also joined the group.

Karen Howard said she wants to be “a praying mom.” She also said she was encouraged by the students’ dedication to pray in front of the school.

“The boldness is to be admired,” she said. “Jesus wasn’t afraid to move forward and do what he needed to do for them, and they’re following in his steps.”

Students prayed for their peers, friends, campus, the world and the courage to be bold in their faith while loving others.

The praying bunch was not bothered by the stares and giggles of some others walking by.

“It’s for the glory of God, that’s all that really matters” Jessica said. 

As school bells rang, the students picked up their backpacks and headed to class.

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