Hello St John’s and St Mary’s! We are Gareth and Nicole Hanekom from Cape Town, South Africa and we are super excited to be spending at least the next two years with you here in Isleworth.
We, along with our two cats, are staying nearby St John’s with Chantelle (Nicole’s sister) and her family. After Nicole decided to leave her job as a lecturer at a fashion design university in Cape Town, we felt that God was leading us both in a new direction that involved serving Him more actively. Knowing about this, Chantelle put us in touch with Tom and Dave, and our journey to Isleworth began. We were encouraged by Proverbs 3:5-6, which says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Gareth spends his time working in software development, developing his photography skills, attempting to skateboard, and making music. In South Africa, Gareth played drums and sang in his brother’s band and was part of the church worship team. He also plays guitar and some piano. Nicole loves to create and appreciate art, including drawing, painting, clothing design, and pottery. Soon after arriving, she joined Nicola’s crochet group to learn how to crochet.
We’ll be assisting at St John’s and St Mary’s behind the scenes and wherever Dave needs any extra hands. We hope to use our creativity and experience in worship and youth leadership to do work that pleases God and benefits both churches, as well as the local community.
We look forward to getting to know everyone!
Gareth and Nicole