Praying for West Jefferson

This was one of those towns that just doesn’t have a lot of information on it that I could find. I couldn’t even find out the name of the current mayor – or any mayor, for that matter. So, if any of our readers/fellow pray-ers know anything about this town, please let us hear from you! Here is the little bit of info I did find:

Located in west-central Jefferson County (I know that comes as a huge shock, given the name – ha!)

First settled by farmers in the 1880s

Population began to increase in the 1890s, due to the expanding steel and iron industry

More mines opened in the 1920s, bringing even more people to the community

West Jefferson High School opened in 1926

  • The town took on the name of the school because of its proximity. The original name of the community is unclear.)
  • High school closed in 2000 due to declining enrollment
  • Town hall now meets in the former school building and with funds donated from the alumni association of the school, they are restoring/renovating the building.

Incorporated in 1964

2010 population: 338

Southern town limit fronts the Black Warrior River

Isaiah 61:10-11 – “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,  My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”

Heavenly Father, we rejoice in You. You have called and appointed each of us for a specific purpose to bring glory to Your name. You delivered us when we were captives, and You declare freedom to us and through us. Hallelujah!

We pray for the town of West Jefferson, Alabama, and ask that this town would be one which greatly rejoices in You. By Your great name, cause every shackle to fall off and every captive to be set free in the salvation of the Lord through the power of the Gospel. We pray that this town, this community of people, would know who they are – who You have called them to be – both corporately as a town and as individuals. Wrap them in Your robes of righteousness. We pray, in Jesus’ name, that You would break the cycle of loss, and that You would clearly speak to them of who they are because of You. May they see and know and experience what it means to be joint-heirs with Christ.

Raise up the Church in the town of West Jefferson, Lord. Cause them to be Your ambassadors everywhere they go, and to know who they are in You. Do not let them be hindered by sin or the traditions and expectations of man. Give Your Church a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Empower them to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with You. (that’s from a verse in Micah, I think. Or is it Malachi? I always get those 2 confused.)

We als pray for the leadership of West Jefferson. Even though we don’t know their names, You do, Lord. We pray that You would grant them the joy of Your salvation. May Your Spirit rest on them and equip them with everything they need to do their jobs righteously. We thank You for the generous provision of the alumni of the former high school for the funds to help restore the building where the town’s leadership works, and we ask that those fund would be used wisely, and that it would help inspire and encourage the people of this town to see new life and progress happening around them. And we pray the same thing for the leadership that we prayed for the Church in this town, that they would do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with You. We pray that You would cause righteousness and praise to spring up through West Jefferson, Alabama. Amen.

As you know, we are nearing the end of our first goal of praying through all of the municipalities in the metro-Birmingham area! Once we do, what do you think our next goal should be? We’ve got some ideas, but I would love to hear your thoughts on it, too.