About Daraja



VISION & MISSION


Our Vision

We exist to engage the Church through a unique and intimate worship sharing the limitless joy found in Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

The Daraja Children’s Choir was created to bridge different cultures by igniting hearts to worship, connecting lives to serve and discipling young leaders.


How We Do It

Each year a unique group of children travel from 410 Bridge communities to America as the Daraja Children’s Choir, touring the US to lead worship at churches, schools, and events. Through a worshipful time of dance, song, and personal stories, the choir encourages us to go and serve others with our God-given gifts.


History of Daraja

In 2007, Lanny Donoho (founder of BigStuf and The 410 Bridge) had the idea to bring a children’s choir from Africa to the United States as a partner ministry of The 410 Bridge. At that time, The 410 Bridge had already been serving several communities in Kenya for 2 years. The 410 Bridge was sending committed Americans to Kenya to serve and build long-term relationships with partner communities. Now, it was time to bridge Africa to the U.S.!

The first Daraja Children’s Choir arrived in late July 2007. The choir sang at BigStuf Camp and traveled the southeast worshipping God and igniting a passion for action in the lives of so many people. From July 2007 to December 2010 almost 70 children from Kenya in 4 different choirs have traveled with Daraja. Their ministry has deeply touched the hearts of churches and individuals all across the U.S. In 2011 and 2012 the choir did not travel due to uncontrollable immigration issues with the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.
In late 2012, The 410 bridge partnered with a new community in Kaihura, Uganda to help bring Christ-centered, community-initiated development to their village. A new chapter of the story began in 2013 when Daraja had its first Ugandan choir travel to the U.S. Lives on both sides of the bridge, Africa & U.S., were changed through the authentic, joyful voices of the children of Kaihura.

As The 410 Bridge ministry grows, we are excited to see more nations join in one voice of worship with churches across the U.S. We believe, as we connect and serve each other cross-culturally, that God is glorified and the body of Christ is made stronger. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!



About The 410 Bridge


Founded in 2006, The 410 Bridge name comes from the verse 1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  The 410 Bridge has a desire to engage the West in the fight to restore dignity, purpose, and freedom to the poor.  The 410 Bridge vision is to radically improve the pace and depth of growth in the spiritual and physical health of communities in the developing world by transforming the way that the body of Christ engages in healthy global missions.  The 410 Bridge community development model includes providing discipleship, safe water, quality education, health care, and economic empowerment to 45+ rural communities in 4 countries. 


To learn more go to

410bridge.org

Meet Daraja




FAQ


“Daraja” is the Swahili African translation for the English word “bridge”. The word bridge is intended to personify the children crossing the bridge from their country to the United States, and connecting hearts to worship the One True God of heaven and earth.