Several hundred local Christian schoolchildren are planning to take part in an international event to pray at their school flagpoles early Wednesday morning.
Millions of participants in "See You at the Pole" will pray for their teachers, for their schools and for the upcoming year to be blessed.
The observance started in Texas in 1990 and has grown to include millions across the world each year on the last Wednesday of September.
It's based on a promise found in the first Gospel of the New Testament.
"Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you," states Matthew 18:20 in the Contemporary English version.
The scripture is the theme at syatp.org, an Internet site designed to promote the event. Locally, there's also a rally to get youths excited about the event.
All Christian youths are invited to attend the rally from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Fellowship, 1204 E. 1450 South, Clearfield.
While youth leaders will run the rally, the "See You at the Pole" events will be run strictly by students.
"Sometimes the youth leaders will show up for moral support but we want it to be student-led," said Brent Hinsley, youth and local missions pastor for Alpine Church. "They really are standing up for their faith, which is a neat thing.
"I believe prayer works and that God really honors what they are saying in their prayers," he said. "It's a cool unity thing between churches and between youth groups."
Hinsley said the rally helps the event because Christian youth discover others from their schools who also are Christian but who worship at different churches.
He said the rally brings them together in their faith.
"We might have 100 kids at this youth rally the Sunday before," he said. "I'm not really sure how many kids show up at the poles. There may be 20 kids at a school. There may be one kid or two kids that show up at their pole, but they'll always pray. It doesn't matter how many kids show up."
"Regardless of the church group or the school peer group you are a part of, gather with everyone and pray," said syatp.org. "Be encouraged, challenged, and blessed to experience what God is doing globally."
It states that millions of people all over the world praying, each in their own language, is a great accomplishment.
"God wants to hear your heart for your campus," it states. "So, will you join Him? Will you join your friends? Will you converge with your generation for a Global Day of Student Prayer?"