With one hand raised and the other gripping a microphone, Sarah Baker worshipped and witnessed through song at Greenbrier High School on Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide prayer rally.
"Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth," the 17-year-old Greenbrier senior sang over the dull hum of school traffic entering the campus.
The chorus was soon picked up by about 50 of the approximately 200 Greenbrier High students gathered at the school flagpole.
Millions of students across the country participated in the See You at the Pole prayer rally held annually on the third Wednesday in September.
See You at the Pole, which began in 1990 with a Christian youth group in Texas, asks students to meet at their school flagpole and intercede with God on behalf of their national leaders, fellow students, educators and families.
A co-captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which sponsored Greenbrier's service, Sarah also used See You at the Pole to indirectly witness to her schoolmates.
"All these people coming into school see me out here and see my level of commitment to Jesus," she said. "I hope it makes an impression on them."
Greenbrier High math teacher and FCA sponsor Jennifer Link said students attending the rally hold themselves up as examples of Christian youths in a secular environment.
"All of these kids face so many temptations every day, especially in high school," Ms. Link said.
"It's not easy to set yourself up as an example of what a Christian should be. Being able to openly pray for strength with other young Christians helps them."
Alexandra Slonina, a 15-year-old Greenbrier sophomore, said she prayed for teachers, family, Hurricane Katrina victims and soldiers in the Middle East. She especially prayed for fellow students without God in their lives.
"Anything we can do we should do to help others find him," she said.
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