Frequently Asked Questions
“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
The choir’s local leadership from Kenya and Uganda auditions a large amount of children from 410 Bridge communities, and then select 24 children that exhibit the desire to learn, lead, and have a love for the Lord.
Children in the choir range from ages 9 to 13 years old.
The U.S. tour typically lasts 6 months.
Yes. Continued education for the children is key to their success as they return to Africa. We desire that each child return home with improved overall test scores. We want to equip each child to excel in school so he or she has a brighter future. We have African teachers that travel with the choir on tour and classes are held daily. We also have interns that participate in teaching, developing, and tutoring the children.
We tour the country on bus with the Daraja staff, interns and children.
Daraja is a unique ministry that seeks to make Jesus famous all around the globe. The choir values a culture of service, honor, love and respect. We recognize that as we travel and meet hundreds of people, Daraja Children’s Choir has the opportunity to serve others and share the limitless amounts of joy found in Jesus. As the children grow in their relationship with Christ, they cannot wait to share His love with the world. Daraja is truly a worship choir based on hearts turned toward God. We want God to use this ministry as a channel to draw others into His presence through authentic, Christ-centered worship from the hearts of children who recognize their need and dependence on Him.
The mentoring program begins in the children’s home community in Africa as we train and prepare the children for a cross-cultural experience in the U.S. When the children arrive in the States, we spend six months training, developing, and discipling in the areas of leadership, education and spiritual growth. The children also lead thousands of people in worship every week in churches all over the country, while engaging with new people daily by telling their individual stories. This impacts how they see the world around them and builds their confidence to go and take action as disciples for Christ.
Development in the life of each child is continued through our partner organization The 410 Bridge after the children return home. This allows them to continue to receive the support needed to get a quality education, leadership training, and spiritual mentorship.
Each child is a participant of The 410 Bridge Child Sponsorship program, receiving a Leadership Sponsorship which goes towards his or her spiritual development. Through the sponsorship, quarterly gatherings allow the children to be encouraged, discipled, and reflect on the faithfulness of God. An annual retreat is held in which a U.S. team travels to Africa to spend several days with the Daraja Choir Alumni to encourage, interact, and disciple. It is exciting to see how God uses these times of investment to spur on growth in the lives of the children.
The Daraja Choir depends on the generosity and financial support of our donors. However, there are many ways one can get involved with helping Daraja and/or serve as an advocate. For additional information regarding ways you can volunteer, please email Elisa Allred, Daraja Choir Director at Elisa@410bridge.org.