The Church is made up of Christians from a myriad of different professions, and yet their ordinary tales of God at work rarely get told. In this series, we bring you stories of faith on the frontline
My name is Azeem Khokhar, and I work as a supermarket delivery driver. If a customer places an order, someone picks the shopping and puts it in crates at night. I then arrive in the morning and collect the shopping. I can deliver up to 24 orders during my eight-hour shift.
I’ve been with the company for ten years, and on deliveries for three. I have served in the café, in food preparation, customer services, the staff canteen and other jobs in the store. I know my supermarket inside out.
I really enjoy driving, even when the satnav takes me to the wrong place, or roads are closed. Dealing with difficult customers is a challenge, but I try to put myself into their shoes and deal with their concerns. If I can understand why they are unhappy, I can work out a solution. I can transform a situation positively by the way I respond.
I’ve prayed for more than 50 of my customers over the years. When I worked in the café, it didn’t matter what I was doing – cleaning the tables or serving coffee – I always had a smile on my face.
One customer said: “They must be paying you a lot of money. You’re always smiling.” I laughed and told them: “I’m not doing this for the company; I’m doing it for God.” We had a great conversation. I invited him to my life group and, after a few weeks, he gave his life to Christ. On deliveries, I drive carefully and look after the van. I treat all my customers individually, and I know what’s happening in their lives.
I always carry Jesus’ presence with me, which can change the atmosphere in the store or on the doorstep. Nearly all my colleagues know that I am a Christian, and they respect that. I’m honest; I don’t swear; I don’t cut corners. If they are struggling, they will often seek me out to talk with me or ask me to pray.
Please pray that I will represent Jesus well in my workplace; that I will follow in his footsteps.
Azeem was speaking to Paul Woolley