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My Journey to Kahuria

I’ve always asked “Why is Kenya so different?”  “What makes it so special?” 

Being a part of a Global Missions team, I have had the opportunity to help send teams to Kenya but never experience it myself.  The teams always came back bonded and something was different.

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One Day At Church

One day at church I felt a calling or a nudge that God wanted me to serve in a different way. I looked through my church’s opportunities and as soon as I saw Kenya I felt a wash of joy flood over me. I applied that day and was overjoyed to hear shortly back that I had been accepted to go. Our church gave us the book “If You Really Want To Help” and from there I fell in love with what 410 was doing for the people of Kenya, especially after reading the story of Chris in Kahuria.

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Learnings From Kiu, Kenya

Our partnership with Kiu community started way back in 2009 making it one of the first communities to partner with the 410 Bridge since its inception in Kenya in 2006. 

At the 410 Bridge, we work through the community leaders who ensure continuity of the community’s development even after graduation. During our partnership journey, we walk alongside indigenous community leaders and church leaders as they mobilize and unify the community to participate in their own development – shifting their perspectives and owning the solutions.

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Serving with Joy: A Week in Mutirithia, Kenya

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kenya, allow me to do my best to try to put into words what an incredible life-changing experience that you really need to do at least once in your life. 

I was recently blessed to travel to Mutirithia, Kenya with an amazing group of 20 other Christian men to serve the families in that community over the course of a week. 

We prepared for weeks to make sure everyone understood the primary objective of the trip, which was to build upon relationships already formed in the community and to spread the Word to as many people as we could. 

Allow me to unfold a day-by-day glimpse of what we experienced:

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From Trip Participants to Trip Advocates

Embarking on a mission trip with The 410 Bridge is an invitation to witness the transformative power of holistic community development—a paradigm shift in the way we approach poverty alleviation.

As trip participants, you’re not just joining a journey to serve communities in need; you’re stepping into the role of advocates, and champions of sustainable change driven by partnership and empowerment.

Here are 5 things to consider with this shift:

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Bridging Cultural Divides: Hot Climate Cultures vs. Cold-Climate Cultures

Embarking on a short-term mission trip is an incredible opportunity to serve, learn, and grow. As trip advocates, you’re not just traveling to new places; you’re stepping into diverse cultural landscapes filled with rich histories, traditions, and values.

In the book Foreign to Familiar, the author explores cultural differences using the terms Hot Climate Culture and Cold Climate Culture. Whether your destination is Kenya or Guatemala, understanding the clash between hot and cold cultures is crucial for meaningful interactions.

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Dignity for Girls in Kenya

I work with the 410 Bridge under the Education Program as the Sponsorship Coordinator. In the Education Program we work with public schools in all our communities to give access to quality education to all school-age-going children. 

We worked hard to make sure all the children in the community could regularly attend school, however, we noticed that girls were regularly absent each month.

Why Aren’t Girls Attending School?

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Our Innovative Mission Trip Companion

As someone deeply involved in the heart and soul of 410 Bridge I’ve had the privilege of witnessing countless mission trips unfold, each one leaving a profound impact on both participants and the communities they serve. But as we strive to continuously improve and enhance the mission experience, we knew there was more we could do to empower our trip advocates.

That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you our latest endeavor – the launch of our brand-new mission preparation app. Developed with the sole purpose of revolutionizing how we prepare for and experience mission trips, this app has been a labor of love for our team, and I couldn’t be more excited to see it in action.

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My Experience in Kenya

I have just one word, to sum up my experiences and time in Kenya…AMAZING!! This has truly been a phenomenal trip!

It started with our very first training session to our goodbyes at the airport when we arrived back home. God had His hands on the team the whole time. There were no incidents, conflicts, or disagreements. We truly enjoyed spending time together and working as a team. It was an honor serving with every one of my teammates, whom I now consider family.

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4 Ways to Support 410 Day

410 Day – happening on April 10th – is an annual fundraising day for our 410 Bridge community to celebrate and continue making a difference in the countries we work in.

Leading up to the day, there are four things you can do to help make this day a success:

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