Shondolyn Young Richardson founded SYR Ministries in 2008 in conjunction with the release of her debut CD, “If I Would Trust God”. The primary goal of SYR Ministries is to encourage those who may have lost hope. Oddly enough, Shondolyn gained some of her inspiration through someone who could have easily been discouraged.
During the beginning stages of her project, Shondolyn felt compelled to share a message in song with a church member who was battling terminal cancer. She had never done anything of that nature in her life before, but this was Shondolyn's personal way of giving comfort. She had the urge to share the song, "I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy". For Shondolyn, this experience was life changing. She will never forget making those personal visits to sing a song of encouragement and hope to someone dealing with such a tremendous challenge. Initiated by a simple act of service, she holds dear to her heart the special talks, testimonies, and experiences that were shared with her by a woman of God that remained faithful until the end. To this day, Shondolyn talks about how much courage and strength must have been bestowed upon this precious lady as she remained at peace, while joyfully accepting God's will and never doubting His word. This experience helped lay the groundwork for Shondolyn's desire to start a music ministry.