In everything, we give thanks.

It has been said that life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. The season brings a richer sense of expectation, and we feel ourselves leaning into the last three months of 2014 with great anticipation of all that is to come.

Perhaps what makes this seasonal transition so unique is that we have experienced more than half of a year and can look back long enough to see all that God has done in our lives, and still bring into greater focus the determination needed to finish the year strong.

As ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ comes rushing in, we want to continue leaning into all that God is doing, and pause long enough to express gratitude for our friends, communities and partners who walk alongside us on our journey at 410.

We reflect.
We renew.
We remember God’s goodness.
We continue giving thanks in all things and in all circumstances.
We expect the best is yet to come.

In all of this, we want to refresh your memory on last year’s Christmas livestock gifts you donated to 410 Bridge communities. This program continues to impact the lives of many in a life-giving, sustainable way. We are so grateful for how you generously gave and empowered people in Kenya, Haiti and Uganda to tangibly see God’s provision, and continue sharing it with others in their community. It is a privilege to witness their praises to God, and we believe you are remembered in their prayers of thanksgiving.

With great hope, we look forward to sharing more ways you can impact these communities and help create lasting life change through our upcoming Christmas programs.

We invite you to take a look at this 2-minute video update to see the difference being made…

Watch on 410 Bridge YouTube Channel: Livestock Distribution Update

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” [Colossians 3:15]

We are excited for what lies ahead… please stay tuned!

God Bless the U.S.A.!

Today, we celebrated our friend and colleague Shem Odhiambo receiving his U.S. Citizenship, after living nearly six years in Georgia. Shem currently serves at The 410 Bridge home office in Alpharetta as our accountant. A native of Kenya, East Africa, he not only plays a significant part in handling the organization’s finances, but his insight into life in Kenya is invaluable! We are so happy for him and are thankful for his friendly presence and fun-loving spirit around the office.

We celebrated with all things red, white and blue, and even had some sparklers on hand for the festive occasion! Shem was proud to wave his American flag, place his hand over his heart and remind us of our country’s rich heritage.

Shem waving his American flag!

Join the 410 Bridge Team!

We are currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill our Controller position in the Alpharetta, GA home office!

The Controller is responsible for oversight of all finance and accounting activities for the U.S., and provides additional oversight of financial controls for our Kenya, Haiti and Uganda operations.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a leader with 5+ years of related experience to work in a challenging, fulfilling job with an organization that is looking to make a difference.

To learn more about the key responsibilities, and the desired skills and experience for this position click here.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@410bridge.org.

Uganda: Come and see…

In 2012, the people of Kaihura, Uganda invited us to join with them in developing a Leadership Council and begin work on sustainable projects in their community. Since then, we have seen many programs launched including quality education, safe water and orphan child sponsorship.

We are often overwhelmed by the ways that God moves His purposes forward – and we have many stories to prove it. If you love Uganda like we do, here are some of our latest updates to keep you in the know…come and see what God is doing!

Book Launch
Recently, the Council came together with the area education officer, school management team and parents to create a Book Launch for students, with many types of books donated using funds raised within the community. The District Educational Office (DEO) attended the event and pledged to continue supporting the school and making it a model school for teachers.

Kaihura teachers and leadership council members thankfully received the books. Parents in attendance and school management joined together to cover the books and create a secure cabinet space to store the books so they are kept in good condition.

 “I am excited for the students to have books to read. Now there is no reason they will not be able to post the best results in the area. This is my happiest day to see such support, I have never experienced this before in my teaching career!” -Community Head Teacher

Each child in school will have access to new books for reading and learning on his or her school level.

The event was a very special occasion for all involved, and the students were excited and honored to receive the books.

Child Sponsorship
The Home Again Children’s Home currently houses orphaned children in Kaihura, with the opportunity to sponsor through The 410 Bridge Child Sponsorship program. Children in the home are seeing lasting change through programs geared towards quality education, regular health check-ups and having a personal relationship with Jesus. Because we have seen a difference, we have recently added a new partner! Noah’s Arc Children’s Home is also in Kaihura, and we currently have opportunities to sponsor children in this home too.

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Tracy is a child in need of sponsorship in Uganda.

God continues to lead us to these children, and we are thankful to be invited into the process of connecting their hearts to their Creator. We invite you to consider sponsoring one of the children by taking the first step here.

Daraja Choir
Last year, we began the journey of bringing Ugandan children to the U.S. as part of the Daraja Choir… what an exciting adventure for them, and for us! This year, we are doing it again, and are glad to announce our Fall Tour is launching in September! If you have ever had the chance to see Daraja in action on tour, then you know what the beautiful experience brings of joining with the children in worship. Currently, our Daraja Choir staff and interns are in Kaihura meeting the 2014-15 choir members and hosting a retreat for the previous years’ choirs. This retreat brings the Daraja Family back together for a time of renewed spirits and minds in Christ. There are so many ways to play a small part in this ministry – be sure to follow Daraja for all of the latest updates!

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The 2014-15 Daraja Choir is getting ready to cross the bridge! Join us on tour this fall.

Open for a trip to Uganda?
We currently have one open trip to Uganda scheduled for November 6-11, 2014, and are looking for team members who are willing to work on a variety of community projects, guided by community leaders in Kaihura. If you have a passion to serve and availability, this could be the trip for you! Register here.


We are grateful for friends of 410 – that’s you! We know that without you, we would not be able to do the work that God has called us to do, and we appreciate your willingness to serve and administer God’s grace. What a privilege we have to serve and give glory to God!

“Come and see what God has done, His wonderful acts among people.” -Psalm 66:5


 

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions

Many often ask the question of the true impact short-term mission trips can make on a community or country that seems to have such immense need.

At The 410 Bridge, we believe that our short-term mission teams are truly part of a long-term story. We see the greatest impact on community development and life transformation occur when local leaders are empowered to make key decisions within their respective communities in Kenya, Haiti and Uganda.

We are honored to be working with The Chalmers Center and co-authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert in their latest work, Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, a small group experience created to assist church leaders in designing effective short-term trips while guiding participants to lasting learning and engagement with poverty alleviation.

As part of the project, Chalmers traveled to a 410 Bridge community in rural Haiti and spent five days interviewing our staff, local community leaders, and short-term team participants. During this time, many insights were gained and have been integrated into video teaching units for short-term teams.

We hope you will consider reading and implementing these invaluable resources into your short-term trip preparation, as they relate to how the body of Christ engages in healthy global missions. Look for the project to be released on October 1, 2014.

Read a full article published today by The Chalmers Center.

Is Uganda on your Bucket List?

If going on a mission trip to Uganda is on your bucket list, NOW is the time to take that step! Or maybe you have already experienced the life change that happens on a 410 Bridge Haiti or Kenya trip and you are ready to go again, but now to Uganda.

Fall is a great time to experience another part of the world while serving the Lord.
The 410 Bridge is offering an open trip* to Kaihura, Uganda November 6 – 15, 2014.  Kaihura is home to the 2013 Daraja Children’s Choir.
We are looking for a few interested men and women, and even families who want to be challenged, stretched, and blessed as you say “yes” to God’s invitation to join Him in touching hearts and souls for Christ.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to email Amy Todd at amy@410bridge.org.

Click here to register

* An “Open Trip” is open to individuals who have the call to serve, but are not connected with a church, school, or other organization already serving through The 410 Bridge.  These trips are led by a dedicated, trained 410 Bridge approved leader, but made up of individuals from all over who come together as a team. Our US and in-country staff will work closely to build an itinerary that addresses the needs identified by the community while utilizing the unique gifts within the team.