Pre-Pole Rally Unites Valley Youth in Praying for Schools

Students engaged in worship as the band lead them at the Pre-Pole Rally at Christ Community Church on September 21.

EL CENTRO – Dozens of Imperial Valley youth flocked to Christ Community Church for Youth for Christ of Imperial Valley’s annual “See You at the Pole” Pre-Pole Rally on the evening of September 21.

The auditorium was filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit as everyone in attendance poured their hearts out during the time of worship and prayer for school campuses all over the Valley. The Pre-Pole Rally is YFC’s kick-off to “See You at the Pole,” a nationwide event where students gather at school flag poles to pray for their campuses, fellow students, teachers, and faculty.

The event featured worship music led by Jeremy Espino and times of prayer for different Imperial Valley schools led by students representing their school districts. Matt Dudley, youth pastor at Faith Assembly of God Church in Imperial, closed the night out with a message about how God not only listens to us, but also understands us.

This year’s See You at the Pole theme is “We Cry Out,” which is inspired by Psalm 24:3-6. “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand by his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and his righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.”

The Pre-Pole Rally provides a great opportunity for those in YFC’s Campus Life ministry to get excited for going out to their campuses to share the Good News to their peers. See You at the Pole is the official kick-off for Campus Life, an on-campus student club created to be a safe environment for teens to talk about the struggles they face everyday, while spreading the Gospel and sharing the love of Christ. Jeremiah Vik, YFC Imperial Valley’s executive director, is one of the key people involved in making such a thing happen.

“Seeing God use all of our volunteers and student leaders every year, it’s exciting to see them gathering together and get the training they need for them to know that they got some great opportunities coming up for God to use them. I think that’s what I’m most excited about,” said Vik.

Another key figure in attendance was Vanessa Carrillo, YFC Imperial Valley’s high school director, who was overjoyed by the presence of all the youth who came to express their dedication and love for the Lord.

“I love hearing students pray, and I’m really excited about the year coming up and what these students are going to do on their school campuses,” said Carrillo.

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