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Praise and prayer greet TF South students at flagpole

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 2, 2023) – The frigid cold didn’t stop TF South’s Christian Williams-Clark from hosting a Prayer at the Pole event on Thursday, February 2. Accompanied by several musicians and supporters from his church, the senior greeted students arriving at school with a brief demonstration of prayer, praise, and scripture reflection.

The event was lightly attended at the 7:30 a.m. start time, though as the start of school drew closer, more students stopped to listen and grab a doughnut, available alongside coffee and hot cocoa. The half hour event occurred in front of the Henry Hertz auditorium, and prayer took place around the flagpole near the school’s entrance.

Members from Christian Williams-Clark’s church — The Pentecostal Church of Harvey — led a song of praise to start the morning. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Williams-Clark, who organized a similar event in September, said he was asked if he and his Bible study club at TF South would like to lead a “Prayer at the Pole” event during Black History Month.

“I thought it would be amazing because there’s no greater way to start off Black History Month than knowing the true liberty,” Williams-Clark said. “We have this liberty here, but we have a true liberty that God gives us.”

Christian Williams-Clark is a senior at TF South. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Focusing on the theme of freedom, Williams-Clark read from 2 Corinthians 3:17 — “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

“Freedom is the power to act, and to speak, and to think without hindrance. This is what Jesus has done for us,” Williams-Clark said.

Williams-Clark ended the event by asking those present to stand around the flagpole and join in him in praying for TF South’s students and teachers.

Toward the end of the “Prayer at the Pole” event, more students arrived to listen and enjoy free doughnuts. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The TF South senior is planning two more pre-school prayer events this spring, on March 30 and May 4. The Lansing community is invited to attend.

After graduating, Williams-Clark plans to attend Indiana Bible College and major in Biblical Studies.

Christian Williams-Clark has two more prayer gatherings planned this school year. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.