Here we 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.

Hi Tharj! What do you do for a living?

I work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a trauma and orthopaedic doctor.

What is the one word that describes how you work?

Reflectively – I like to reflect on what I do so that I can see where my strengths and faults lie, ultimately allowing me to see how I can improve.

After a long, busy day what do you do to recharge?

After a busy day I like to recharge by sitting down, making sure I have had something to eat and drink, closing my eyes and saying hello to God. Then I end up having a conversation with Him, telling Him how the day went, the good, the bad and the ugly and how we can make it better for the next day and of course thanking Him for everything that He has given me so far.

It takes many years of study and work placements to become a qualified doctor. Were there any moments when you felt like giving up? What motivated you to persevere?

The reason I wanted to become a doctor was simply to reduce the sickness and suffering in people’s lives and to make people healthier and happier. During my pursuit of a career in medicine, I have failed at certain points in my life with examinations, courses, interviews etc, but it was my dream of becoming a doctor that was the main motivating factor that helped me persevere in my pursuit and stopped me from giving up. Now that I am a qualified doctor my pursuit hasn’t stopped, as ever, I strive to progress within the field. Through it all God has allowed me to overcome my failures and He’s still helping me now.

What has been the hardest obstacle in pursuing your career as a doctor?

Exams! Definitely exams!

What has been the most special moment you’ve experienced in your role so far?

There was an elderly patient who was admitted to Glenfield Hospital for planned lung surgery. During his stay he developed many complications from the operation (that can happen with any risky operation) and unfortunately died as a result of them. I was a part of the medical team that looked after him during this tumultuous period, and we were all upset by his death. When his cupboard in hospital was cleared out, there was a paper note that said “Thank you to all of you, you have been so kind in looking after me, I love you all.” What got me about this moment was despite all the tragedy, there was still a place in someone’s heart to say thank you for what you are doing for me. Priceless!

As a trauma doctor, how do you deal with the immense amount of pressure on your shoulders?

Stay calm and say a prayer! Then look at the problems that you have and ask yourself, what resources do you have, what needs sorting out first and what can wait, and when do you need to ask for help. Sometimes when you feel you have no light and you just have to press on, pray and hope for the best. What’s the best work related advice you’ve ever received? Treat your patients as your own family. It keeps you striving to do the very best for each patient. Also, someone once told me that whenever you’re in a job, think like how the next most senior person would think and act.

Do you think your faith has impacted the way you work?

Definitely! My faith is my shield and armour; it gets me through the tough times. There are many times when I’m stressed and need a helping hand from God. Also, being a Christian, the objective is to be more Christ-like in what we do.

Finally, you work and live in Birmingham, your family stays in Coventry and you attend church in Leicester. How do you find space for all three: work, family and God?

I try and make prayer, worship and reading the word part of my daily routine. It’s difficult on the 12 hour shift days. It’s about being time efficient and using your time effectively. It’s easy to have a worship CD in the car, or play a worship song on YouTube whilst you iron your clothes. Work is work – we don’t get to choose our hours, we just have to come in as our rota dictates. Then that leaves the days that I’m off or not working a 12 hour shift that means that when it’s a church day, I get to come to church. My parents are in Coventry and to get to Leicester from Birmingham you have to pass through or via Coventry and so I just pop by my parents and say hello.

Tharjan is a key member of the setup team that turns Judgemeadow Community College into Harvest City Church each and every Sunday. Come rain, hail, sleet, snow and (sometimes!) sunshine, they work incredibly hard to make church happen.