When the Rev. Ross Purdy, spiritual leader of the First Presbyterian
Church of Burbank, lost 60% of his hearing last year because of a
virus infection, doctors told him the loss would be permanent.
Purdy, the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast,
told the estimated 325 in attendance that prayer returned his
hearing when modern medicine could do no more for him.
“This community never stopped praying for me,” said Purdy, who has
regained 100% of his hearing. “I felt and I experienced an answer to
Burbank Police Capt. Gordon Bowers, master of ceremonies for the
event at Pickwick Center, said he is a firm believer in prayer, and
said it makes a difference in people’s lives.
“Prayers for the mayor and the city go on all year long,” Bowers
said. “This is just a rock-solid group of God-fearing citizens.”
The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was founded 28 years ago, and
is based on the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.,
“There are so many uncertain times today with war and SARS, that
it’s very nice to get together with friends for fellowship,” Mayor
Stacey Murphy said. “The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a great
Dr. Richard Kasper, who teaches a weekly bible study group for
men, encouraged community members to give thanks for their country
and the leadership of all elected and appointed officials, including
Entertainment was provided by In-Sync, the award-winning Burbank
High School choir led by vocal music director Brett Carroll.
The prayer breakfast is co-sponsored by Noon Rotary Club, Sunrise
Rotary Club, Kiwanis Noon Club, Magnolia Park Optimist Club and
Burbank Master’s Men.