by Lisa Tome
Hannah Larsen prayed a lot on Wednesday morning, September 24.
Some of her prayers were private. The rest were in public.
"I've been praying all morning that God shows me something more here," said Larsen, 21, a student at Cecil College.
Using word of mouth and social media, Larsen organized See You at the Pole at the college. This event, typically held at area middle and high schools, was taken to another level by Larsen.
With support from Pleasant View Baptist Church pastor Dr. Harold Phillips and church deacon Andy Johnson, Cecil College held See You at the Pole. SYATP was founded in 1990 and is a global day of student prayer.
"You don't hear about it (SYATP) on the college level. But why does it have to be just for high schools. I want to share my faith here," she said. "If five people show up, that's good. It's not the amount of people to me. This is about the need to be obedient." In all, about a dozen people turned out to pray at the school's flag pole next to Milburn Stone Theatre.
"College can be overlooked. There's youth group and adult service (at church). I want this to be a God thing. I want it to be God showing himself this morning," said Larsen.
Abby Watson, 19, of North East, came a few minutes early for the event which was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. She said she was there for a reason. "If we won't share our faith who will?," said Watson. Briana Johnson, 17, of Port Deposit said her reasons for turning out are simple. "I'm here to pray for the nation. Our country was based on a Christ foundation and that God is over all. I'm here in order to turn that back with God as the highest authority," said Johnson.
"I'm here today because it's important to take a stand for your faith," said Toni Nooft-Humphreys, 19.
When it came time to pray, the circle members called for "Christians to step up." They prayed for the homelessness and drug problems, law enforcement and the military, government and more.
Larsen said that by hosting See You at the Pole, Cecil College is starting a new tradition.