After his marriage broke up, corporate lawyer Chris decided that the way he ‘did life’ needed to change – along with his relationship to God. He went to Zambia with Tearfund Go. It was the wake-up call he needed.
‘When I was younger I never really did any of the traditional gap year stuff,’ remembers Chris. Then I got married, got a career in the city, had kids and there just wasn’t time for anything else!’
The demands of a high-powered career had called the shots for many years. However, that was to change.
‘About 18 months ago my wife and I separated, which was devastating. I moved out and had to start a new life. My whole reliance had to be on God, letting him start from scratch with me.’
Letting God lead
For Chris, part of this difficult transition was thinking about how he would spend his annual leave when he didn’t have the children. Taking a leap of faith, he signed up to be a team leader with Tearfund Go – which provides volunteering placements around the world, where Tearfund is collaborating with local Christians. He chose a two-week placement in Ndola, in Northern Zambia.