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?
Raoul and I have known each other for about 10 years now, and we’ve been together for 8 amazing years. We had our church wedding in 2006 and are having our civil marriage ceremony in June 2015.
Do you have any children?
We have been blessed with two amazing children: Prince who is 8 years old, and Joy who is 5.
What do you do for a living?
We are both studying at the moment. Raoul is studying web design, English and mathematics, and I have a diploma in office management and am currently studying languages (French).
Do you find it challenging to balance study and being a parent?
It can be challenging sometimes, but we try to organise ourselves and keep everything balanced. We make time to spend together as a family, doing things like taking the kids to the park (depending on the weather!) and taking them to soft play or going to the movies.
How do you manage your busy schedules?
We aren’t both at college every day. Raoul goes to college three days a week while I do two days a week. We use our off days to catch up with all the other pending things while the kids are in school.
In what ways do you think you can impact your college as a Christian?
Raoul: Through my actions, the language I use when I am with my friends in college and by not joining them in taking drugs or going clubbing.
Mercy: Being a Christian has greatly impacted me through my actions, the way I interact with everyone around me in college. I see myself as a representative of God. He didn’t just send me here to study but also to evangelise and welcome people to church.
Mercy, many people dream of taking part in international competitions like the Paralympics. How did you manage to get involved?
Ever since I was a child I have always loved to try different things despite my disability, and sports was one of my best. So I decided to work hard at it to become one of the best and was then chosen to compete for my country as a Paralympian in table tennis.
What was it like taking part in the Paralympics? Did you ever feel pressure?
It was such a great honour and opportunity representing my country as I got to travel to different countries and meet with prominent people such as members of the Royal Family. Of course, the pressure is always there when you are competing. Training wasn’t easy – especially when you are in the national training camp to compete with other countries or in the Commonwealth or Olympic games. I had to train so hard because everyone wants to be the best. I had to put more effort in my training, but with prayer and determination it went well. I always remind myself that as a child of God I am more than a conqueror.
Raoul, you’re a talented guitarist. What influenced you to learn to play an instrument?
I’ve loved the guitar from childhood. I used to go church with my parents and could see the band playing. I got interested and started learning to play. I’ve played with Professional African Musicians, so I can say that I’m a professional guitarist specialised in African rhythm.
Finally with college deadlines, work and two children, how do you ensure that you keep God at the centre of your lives?
In spite of our busy schedules we always make sure we have time for our God. We always pray together as a family. We have our morning glory before we all disperse to our normal duties and school. We pray and share a word before the children retire to bed. Every Friday, we worship together, singing praise and worship songs. We all love singing. We also make sure to attend church on Sundays and Tuesdays to be with our church family.