Shalini David was enjoying post college life in the United States. She was invited to go on a mission trip to Uganda that would change her life. That trip reminded her of a promise she had made to God as a pre teen to minister to children in need. With the help of family and others, she stepped out on faith and created Christalis, a nonprofit organization, serving children in Uganda. Listen to her story below and read the highlights from our interview. Shalini can be reached at Shalini@Christalis.org. For more info on Christalis visit their website – Christalis.org.
1. SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED IS ONE PERSON TO HELP YOU
Shalini was moved by the stories of the children she interacted with in Uganda. She contemplated what to do and felt a burden to begin serving them. Her mother told her to do it and she would help. Those words were all she needed to hear to get going.
2. YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE IN ORDER TO SERVE
Shalini and others have made sacrifices to get Christalis going and keep it going. She used her tax return to go to Uganda, left her last $100 and made other sacrifices from personal finances over time.
3. OUR MONEY AND TIME REVEAL OUR PRIORITIES
It is trendy to say what we are doing in service but until our money and time are aligned we will not truly be as committed as we say.
Our bank statement and our credit card statement are spiritual documents. Where we spend our time and money should be reflective of what our priorities are. – Shalini David.
4. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING TO START DOING SOMETHING
Shalini shared how much learning she had to do to and still is doing. She did a lot of research along the way. But she shared some principles that have helped her.
5. YOU NEED TO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE
In leading Christalis, Shalini shared how important it was to get the right people. She stated that people need to understand the mission, values and believe in what the organization stands for. She even shared the need to ensure volunteers buy in to the vision.
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