Most of us are probably already aware that this Wednesday is See You At The Pole. Last year, the student pastors in my community all got together, helped with SYATP, and then hosted a See You After The Pole rally at one of our school gyms, brought in a speaker and a band, and had a good turn out. We even, for the week of SYATP, worked with The Lifebook to saturate our community. We had students who helped counsel kids who wanted to make a decision at the rally, and it was a lot of fun. After 11 months of planning, cutting out of our own ministry budgets to get this together, and having a jam-packed rally, we took some time to reflect. We came to realize that SYATP is based out of student-initiated prayer. Not student pastor facilitated, youth director visioned, adult volunteer run events…student prayer. So this year, we’re hands off. We’ll show up to one of the schools in our community in support, but we want the students to “get it,” if you will.
That being said, I know I’m not alone in the fact that some of our students are involved in home school. They don’t have a SYATP going on before school. Every week or so, I try and email out an update to parents and students with important information. One of the things I did today was a quick guide to help home school families take part in the worldwide SYATP movement. Below is cut-and-paste what I emailed out. The only thing I didn’t include was an intro paragraph outlining details for SYATP at the local schools.
Don’t let this opportunity to minister to home-schoolers pass you by. I’m married to one, and I know that it’s easy for them to feel less validated in their desire to share Christ because we give examples on how to live like Christ in the halls of your school or locker room. It’s an easy, great way to win and equip home schoolers for ministry!
If you’re homeschool, here’s my challenge to you. Wake up a little earlier Wednesday and spend some time, either alone or with your siblings, praying. At schools it’s a little easier, because you pray for your classmates, your teachers, your principals, etc. Here’s a list of things you can pray for at your house if you’re homeschool! If you were part of the ANATOMY series last year, this may look super close to “praying in circles” from the week we talked about the Knees of a Christ follower!
- Your siblings. Pray that this year, God would give them amazing opportunities to know Him more, and show Him more.
- Your parents. Pray for your parents as they try to prepare you for the life God has called you to! It’s no small task to homeschool, so pray that God gives them wisdom in decisions, and gives you grace when things get tense.
- Your neighbors. Whether you live in an apartment, neighborhood, or farm, we all have people we pass every day and don’t even think about it. Pray for opportunities to share with them and get to know them better this year.
- Your Co-Op. If you go to a home-school co-op, take some time to pray for the people you see there, especially those who don’t know Jesus.
- City Leadership. SYATP is also about praying for our government, so start with the local government!
- State Leadership.
- National Leadership. It’s easy to pray “Please let _________ get elected.” Instead, what if you prayed, “Lord, I know this is a crazy and important time in our country. Thank you that no matter what, you are still on the throne. I pray that as people get caught up in all of this, that your name would be made famous. I know you have a plan, and I know that you are in control. No matter what happens, I pray that believers would be more focused on building your Kingdom rather than tearing down a party’s.”