Following the breakup of his marriage, corporate lawyer Chris decided that the way he lived his life needed to change – along with his relationship with God. He decided to visit Zambia with Tearfund Go – it was the wake-up call he needed.
Starting from scratch
‘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 about to change.
‘A few years ago my wife and I separated, which was devastating,’ Chris continues. ‘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 offers volunteering placements around the world. He chose a two-week placement in Ndola, Zambia.
‘Landing in Zambia I remember thinking, “God, you’re going to have to do some pretty amazing stuff here, because I’m not qualified to do this!” That’s been my experience over the past couple of years, with my marriage breaking down and having to start a whole new life. I have been weak and had to trust in God. He has made me strong.’
One of the biggest challenges Chris faced was leading a Sunday service in one of the local churches, along with his team. It was way out of his comfort zone but, with God’s help, it all came together…
‘When we arrived at church the worship was underway, but without the pastor and with only a handful of the congregation present. They sing and worship with their whole bodies – dancing, clapping, lifting their hands to heaven and even parading around in a sort of holy conga line. I was blown away by the energy of Zambian worship!’