I completely missed posting earlier this week. School has started for us (we homeschool), and as much as I tried to be prepared, it has thrown my schedule for my extracurricular activities out the window. I did start off our school week in this city of Helena, as our homeschool co-op meets at Helena First Baptist. It’s a very cute, friendly little city.
There was a LOT of information about Helena, and all of it was very fascinating to me, so it was hard to pare it down.
Mayor – Mark R. Hall
Sits at the foothills of the very southern extent of the Appalachian Mountains as they descend into the coastal plain
Originally called Cove in 1849
- Name changed to Hillsboro in 1856 when the rolling mill was built to serve the Confederate war effort
- Name changed to Helena when it was incorporated in 1916 and again in 1917 (Paperwork error made first incorporation invalid)
- It was named Helena after the Helena Station – named after Helen Lee, the sweetheart of the engineer who built the station
Played a vital role in Birmingham’s steel industry and growth
City was hit hard by economic changes in the 1920’s, the Great Depression, and a devastating tornado in 1933
- Remaining residents were determined to rebuild
- The city today is enjoying what those residents and city leaders worked toward
Safest City in Alabama – one of the lowest crime rates per capita in the Southeast
Helena High School is expected to open in the Fall of 2014
Isaiah 58:11-12 – “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a well-watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”
Heavenly Father, we thank You for allowing Helena to rebuild back into a city that knows peace and prosperity. Thank You for raising up the men and women who were willing to do the hard work of rebuilding. Thank You for causing those plans to succeed for this city. I am also struck at the enormous privilege and responsibility it is to be the generation that enjoys the benefits of the hard work of those who came before us, and so we pray that the current residents of Helena would recognize that it is by Your hand that their city has become what it is today. May they seek You and live by Your statutes and commandments, so that their city could continue to enjoy Your blessings.
We pray that You would continually guide Mayor Hall, the city council, and the business leaders of this city. Let them find their satisfaction in You and not in political or financial power. Give them strength to serve well. May Your Spirit be the source of their wisdom and strength, because You never fail.
We pray for the Church in Helena to rise up like never before and to lift up the banner and cross of Christ in their communities. May they take up the call to intercede for their city; to preach the gospel; to reach out and love and serve like Christ did. We pray that the Church would seek You as their constant Source for life and growth. May Your Word continually wash them, so that they may be without stain or blemish. Use Your Church, Lord, to stand in the gap and to repair the former devastations of the evil one in their city. So that Helena would enjoy not just financial blessing, but spiritual blessing as well. We speak LIFE over Helena and over the Church. In Jesus’ name.
How do you see the Lord reviving you or your city?