Here we hope to feature some of the faces you’ll see around Harvest City Church and dig a bit deeper into who they are and how they live for Christ in their daily lives.
How long have you been married?
We have been married for 16 wonderful years.
Do you have any children?
We have two amazing boys (Joel & Josiah), after being told we weren’t able to have children.
What do you do for a living?
Buz: I’m an electrician working for Leicester City Council.
Tricia: I’m a qualified nurse working on a busy cardiology ward at Glenfield Hospital.
How has being a Christian impacted the way you do your job?
Tricia: Being a Christian has impacted my job in a very positive way. I always try to remember what the Bible says—to do all things without murmuring and complaining—although it can be difficult at times, especially when I’m having a terrible day. I do view my job in a different way from my colleagues. I often remind myself that I’m on this particular ward for a purpose and I should be having a positive impact on the team, not a negative one. My performance is different as a Christian because I always strive to do my best and to be the best.
Buz: Being a Christian has impacted me greatly by the way I conduct myself and carry out my job. It also helps with the way I interact with my managers, colleagues and tenants. I do view my job differently because I believe I have the best job in the world. It can be very challenging at times, but enjoyable. My performance at work is different as a Christian. I always see myself as a representative of God’s Kingdom and my local church.
Nursing usually means working night shifts and long hours. How do you make sure that church is still a priority with challenging working patterns?
Tricia: Church indeed is God’s plan. Making sure that church remains a priority is a sacrifice and I know God honours sacrifices. I usually work 12-hour shifts and at times I’m very busy. I always remind myself that in everything I do, I must put God first. I view Harvest City Church as a place of refuge; a place where I can come and have great fellowship with like-minded people; a place which after a horrible shift feels like a ‘breath of fresh air’. Knowing what my purpose is as a Christian helps me to keep church as a priority.
What are some of the things you do to help keep your two young boys focussed on God and His word rather than being influenced by worldly views from the media?
Raising kids can be very challenging, especially in this generation. We usually have devotions with the boys every morning before school and at nights. We encourage them to memorise Bible verses and at times give them a challenge to see who can quote the most. We try to be family-orientated with everything we do, hoping the legacy will continue when they have families of their own. The boys always look forward to Friday night family times where we watch movies or play board games.
And finally, as leaders of Acts of Kindness (AOK), can you tell us a little bit more about it and how we can help?
Acts of Kindness helps to meet the needs of many people in the church. This is purely food items and not financial gifts. Every month each Harvest Group is given a food item to bring in during the month or at the end of the month. These items are then put together into a box and given to anyone in need. As Harvest Group leaders/helpers you can help by encouraging your group and keep reminding them to keep bringing their items in. We have to remember, we are blessed to be a blessing.