How we began...
Our story begins April 28, 2016, when I get this facebook messenger . . .
Hai sister Sherry
How are you, ???
This was from a young Indian woman, soon to be my good friend.
I don't usually talk to strangers on facebook but I was in the car traveling to a Missions Conference. So I began to message her back. The more we messaged the more I realized how much we had in common. That began our facebook friendship.
In August 2016, my home church's children's ministry was looking for mission to support during the school year. My friend had told me they did not have the funding to hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) at her church in India. So the children at my church collected money all that school year to support a VBS in India. That's how I met my friend's brother, Sam.
Sam runs feeding centers in India to provide one meal per day to the children of local villages in the name of Jesus. Not only did my friends have VBS at their church, they took VBS to the Hindu and Muslim children at the feeding centers.
One day as Sam & I are sharing prayer requests, he mentioned the dream of starting an orphanage. This peaked my interest since my daughter is adopted from China. As I asked more questions about the orphanage, Sam said, "OK, sister, no problem, let's start an orphanage".
As a joke, I messaged my son, Zach and said, "Hey, how do you feel about starting an orphanage in India?"
Zach blew up my phone with text messages! He later explained to me that he had been feeling God calling him to work in an orphanage in a third world country, and he had been praying for months that if that was God's plan for him, God would have to open the doors to make that happen.
So here we are, servants of our Lord, Christ Jesus, ready to live life on mission in India.
"Go and make disciples of all nations..."
Why the Slingshot?
After a long day of visiting Feeding Centers, some members of our team were returning home when they saw a group of boys walking near the road each carrying a slingshot. Their clothes were torn and dirty. The team decided to stop and talk to the children only to find out every day these boys walk for miles with their slingshots, desperately hoping to see a bird they could kill. These birds were not killed for sport, but for livelihood, the birds ending up on the family dinner table later that evening.
The team asked how much the boys spent on their slingshots, they replied, 30 rupees (roughly 50 cents). The team bought the slingshot from the children on the spot, giving them extra to feed their families and purchase a replacement slingshot.
The team saw an opportunity then, to use the slingshots as a means to feed children. LYN India decided to sell these slingshots for $10, enough money to feed a child in India for a month.
Buy a slingshot. Feed a child.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’