During the height of the pandemic, many people flocked to outdoor spaces to be in the company of others. Parks and rooftop greenspaces became safe havens for gathering. For Filipino Haggai leader Hemmady Mora, this trend provided a beautiful setting for worshipping God, and ultimately, for sharing the Gospel.
“The green park at the top of our condominium become a morning devotion haven for me and my husband,” Hemmady says. “We would sing praises in our favorite spot at the break of dawn. It was in this place that three ladies approached us one morning, telling us how blessed they were by our songs.”
The Moras shared about their faith with the women, and the next day, one of them returned in tears, asking how she could give her life to Jesus. Every morning for a week after her salvation, the woman returned to learn more.
“This lady invited us to pay her family a visit in their province, a three-hour drive from our condo unit,” Hemmady says. “She said she wanted her husband and children to hear the Gospel from us and hoped they would become a part of the family of God. We prayed for this divine appointment, and it came to pass. We met the entire family, and we led them to the knowledge of God.”
Hemmady is bringing her neighbors to Christ, one floor at a time.
This family, the Javiers, are now active members of their local church and stay in touch with Hemmady and her husband through regular Zoom calls.
About a month after leading the Javier family to Christ, Hemmady and her husband met a celebrity during their morning devotion.
“It was Toby Alejar, a popular actor, film director, and communication professor in the Philippines,” Hemmady says. “He said he loved hearing our praise songs and would like to join us. We felt his yearning for a community of believers and a sense of the reality of God in his life. We shared the Gospel with him, and he responded with tears and sincerity.”
The Moras met Toby’s family and several of his friends and shared the Good News with them, too. Toby is now a partner in their work. He joins them some mornings for devotion time, actively shares the Gospel in their building, and is helping them plan an event in which they hope to share the Gospel with more of their neighbors.
Hemmady and her husband continue to host a small group of around 15 people who received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in the green park of her Condo.
“Amazingly, souls have been added to our group and each has a testimony to tell.”
In March, one of the neighbors on the fourth floor, an American with two kids, joined the morning devotion, responding favorably as Hemmady and her group shared the message of salvation.
By faithfully sharing the Gospel and equipping others, Hemmady and her family are extending the reach of God’s Kingdom.
Written by Jill Clair Gentry