Trussville – “Gateway to Happy Living”

This is the first of our last ten municipalities in the metro-B’ham area! We will continue to share prayer-based posts for various places around the metro-B’ham area once we are finished praying through all 90+ municipalities, but we are still praying for the Lord to show us exactly what He wants that to look like. Would you join us in seeking Him for the future of City on its Knees?

Trussville is located in Jefferson and St Clair counties; considered a suburb of Birmingham

Mayor Gene Melton

Originally settled by European settler from North Carolina, Warren Truss, who constructed a grist mill on the Cahaba River in 1821

  • Remained an agricultural community until after the Civil War when the Alabama-Chattagnooga Railway was built through the town
  • In 1866, a blast furnace was built where the current Hewitt-Trussville School now stands
  • During the Depression in 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Government Resettlement Administration built houses in the area and called it “Cahaba Homestead Village”. It was called Slagheap Village by the locals.
  • Incorporated as a town on June 10, 1947
  • Officially became a city on May 31, 1957 and the name was changed to Trussville

2010 population: 19, 933

  • One of the fastest-growing cities in Jefferson County and Alabama
  • Its citizens still lovingly refer to it as “Mayberry”
  • Strives to keep a small-town feel while enjoying the benefits of being a big city

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.'”

I never really noticed this before, but this very well-known and beloved set of verses is set in the context of instructing the Israelites on how to settle into and live in the city(ies) the Lord had sent them to. Isn’t that cool? Jeremiah 29:7 says, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

Heavenly Father, in Your Sovereign plan, You have placed each one of us into the cities and towns in which we now live. Your plan is always for our good and Your glory, and it includes the places we live. Cause us to live in a manner that reflects our trust in Your perfect plan for our lives, and compel us to seek the welfare of our cities in prayer and in action.

Today, Lord, we seek the welfare of the city of Trussville. Thank You for the work You have already done in this city to establish it in prosperity and blessing. It is a unique blessing for a city to be able to grow as fast as Trussville has and still maintain its small-town feel. We pray that You would continue to bless it in that way.

We pray that the people of Trussville would be diligent to seek You and trust You for their lives and for the welfare of their city and communities. Compel them to draw near to You. Thank You for Your promises to be found when we seek You with all our hearts. Whatever there may be that would hinder them from seeking You, we pray that You would remove it. May the power of the Gospel shine forth from Trussville even brighter than their prosperity and growth. More than a “Gateway to Happy Living”, like the city’s motto, thank You that the Gospel is the “gateway to joy-filled living”. Reverse the advance the enemy has made into any area of their lives: marriages and families, schools, business, politics, healthcare, government, etc.

We pray for Mayor Melton and those who serve along-side him in leadership over this great city. We pray that in humility, they would put their trust in You alone, and would seek Your face for the welfare of their city. Grant them peace and confidence in knowing You will listen and answer them when they call upon You and pray to You, not only for the city, but also in their own lives. We pray that their private lives would bless You and honor You, as well. Let their whole lives be lived in a way that brings honor to You and blessing to their families and to their city.

We ask for all these things in the matchless name of the God of the city, The Great I Am, to whom we have access because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Take a moment of time and find one of the cities/towns we’ve prayed for, and ask the Lord’s blessing on that place. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to say we’ve prayed through nearly every municipality in the metro-B’ham area. We would love for you to be a part of that if you haven’t already.


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