Welcome to our newest blog feature – Profile. 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?
Four-and-a-half years of happy marriage.
How many children do you have?
One cute, happy son called Muzi. (For now, anyway!)
What do you do for a living?
Leko: I work for the NHS as a nurse specialist in Anticoagulation.
Yvonne: I work for the NHS as a Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Dietitian.
How did you both end up in the health sector?
Leko: I used to work on a shop floor at a manufacturing company and was looking for a change. Considering what I used to be (an undertaker!), I found it’s more rewarding actually helping people in their journey through illness than helping them in their last journey on earth. At least I get a thank you, now!
Yvonne: When I was growing up from about the age of 10 my dream was to be a dietitian. There were points in my life when I almost gave up on that dream but I am so thankful to God that I am doing a job I love, although I think I love my new one (being a mum) even more!
What is the most challenging thing about practicing your faith at work?
In the line of work that we are in, we are not allowed to approach patients about our faith unless they ask us first. However, we always start the working day by praying for our patients before we leave the house; that God will touch, heal and restore them, that we will have wisdom and discernment as we deal with peoples’ lives, and above all that we will act in a way that glorifies God in all we do in our work places. We pray that our actions will speak louder than words that there is a Saviour and He is ready and waiting with open arms for all. We pray that our lives will be a testimony to our colleagues and patients, and that they will want to be a part of God’s Kingdom.
How do you find balancing church, work and family as first-time parents?
It is a challenge, but if God is at the centre of our lives and we put Him first in all we then do everything just seems to fall into place. Life will always come with challenges, but it’s up to us what we choose to do. It’s an ongoing challenge which we’re still working on.
What advice would you give to those that struggle with the busyness of life?
Let God be the centre of your life; don’t try to do it on your own. In every decision you make, use godly wisdom, prepare in advance and learn to prioritise. In all your busyness, is God glorified? That’s the question we should always be asking ourselves.