What was just as exciting, however, was how God gave her opportunities to use even her hobbies or hidden talents to minister to others.
Although designing and sewing clothes had always been Lynette’s passion, that was not a part of her job at Heart House. When a Christian school in a nearby city asked Lynette to sew costumes for their annual play, she eagerly agreed, providing last-minute alteration and repair services as well.
Lynette had minored in photography at BJU, but she didn’t have a high-quality camera of her own. Right before she left for Bangladesh, she was able to buy a DSLR camera. “I’m just so thankful that the Lord provided it for me, because it was one of the biggest ways I was able to minister,” she says.
At the very first Heart House picnic she attended, she brought her camera along just for fun. As she snapped pictures of the food and the surroundings, a couple of women said, “Oh, take our picture too!” Then, Lynette says, “the next thing I know, everyone’s having me take their picture!”
At BJU, Lynette had almost decided to major in interior design before settling on apparel, textiles & design. In Bangladesh, she had the unexpected opportunity to use this interest in interior design through redecorating the guest house, where visiting missionaries and the occasional dignitary would stay. “I wanted it to look more Bengali,” Lynette says, so she used bright colors with local textiles and artwork.
Soon people began to invite Lynette to their weddings and birthday parties…requesting that she bring along her camera, of course. Because pictures are a luxury to most people in Bangladesh, Lynette began printing out the pictures she took of people. “At first I would just give the pictures to them,” she says. “The second or third time, I started laminating the pictures, because I realized that was something that would last longer than my two years.”