Calgary city-wide prayer rallies
by Frank Dabbs
Dave and Heather Peddie have a lifetime calling to missions and to advocate the power of corporate prayer, calling Christians together to pray for the transformation of their community.
They have a successful roofing and weatherproofing business in Calgary that they have committed as a platform for their work as followers of Jesus. It starts at work on Wednesdays, when they invite all the staff to a prayer meeting that is attended by employees who never darken a church door, but see God is present at the office prayer meeting.
Dave was a teenage long distance runner in the Toronto Olympic Track Club, always ranked first or second in Canada in 800 and 1,500 meter races. He received a track scholarship to University of South Carolina in Columbia. In his sophomore year, he welcomed Christ into his life. “Heather and I desire to see God glorified in all we do,” he says.
About 20 years ago, they met Brooklyn Tabernacle Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala and his wife Carol who leads the Grammy Award winning choir. Their days at Brooklyn Tabernacle deepened Dave’s and Heather’s spiritual lives. The Cymbalas share the Peddies’ burning desire to see God proclaimed and glorified and the deep friendship has helped the Peddies’ mission endeavors.
For instance, Dave and Heather have travelled for Samaritan’s Purse to several countries such as Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and the Peddies treasure the experiences and the friendships they’ve made.
In 2003, the Peddies’ led the formation of the quarterly city-wide prayer rally in Calgary. “Corporate prayer is a powerful Christian experience and is a tool that God uses to transform our city,” Dave says.
There have been 70 rallies since they began and there is now a board of eight members – two ordained pastors and six lay people, a staff of five and a worship team of musicians.
The Calgary quarterly prayer rallies are held in January at Downtown Full Gospel church, in April at South South Side Victory Church, in July at various locations and in October at Centre Street Church.
On April 19 this year, the rally theme will be God’s Healing Covenant and the speaker will be Faiza Shahzad Solomon, a professional financial advisor and former Muslim who received Christ on Easter 2007.
“Understanding the fullness of Christ’s atoning death on the cross took many years for me, especially as I was raised in a Muslim family,” Faiza says. “Knowing Jesus showed me a loving, forgiving God who I can easily communicate with.”
David says each church is a family and several church families coming together at a corporate prayer rally is a powerful tool for God’s work of transforming the city.