Howdy, Jambo and Bonjou: Greetings from America, Kenya and Haiti.
The 410 Bridge is a non-profit missions organization located in Alpharetta, Georgia. The purpose of the organization is to establish relationships with churches, organizations, and skilled individuals within the U.S. and send them to underdeveloped communities throughout Kenya and Haiti. Ultimately, the goal of 410 Bridge is to “bridge” the gap between the poverty stricken people within the underdeveloped communities and the citizens within the United States who are willing to serve God by serving others.
The 410 Bridge gets its name and mission strategy from the Bible verse 1 Peter 4:10 which states: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” With this verse as the organization’s vision and inspiration, 410 is able to offer an opportunity to people within the United States to take a leap of faith and get involved in a life changing experience overseas.
According to the 410 Bridge website their hope is “…that within The 410 Bridge, organizations will find a freshly innovative take on the concept of missions. In partnering with The 410 Bridge, organizations find themselves with a very accessible way to actually go and serve, not just once, but by building a lifelong relationship. When an American church or organization commits its time and resources to another village or community and travels there to know the people, to live with them for a while, to help in meeting their greatest needs, then it is no longer just a mission; it’s a relationship. In partnering with The 410 Bridge, you are opening the door to life-changing, culture-changing relationships.”
My intern responsibilities consist of managing our trips registration system, assisting with program planning & miscellaneous administrative tasks.
The requirements of this job included being a Christ follower, the ability to work with multiple computer programs including but not limited to Word, Excel, and knowledge of the server used for logistics.Good communication skills is relatively important when dealing with trip leaders and other staff members within the organizaiton. A heart for service is a must in the ministry. Being that jobs in a non-profit organization are often low in pay, having a desire to serve God and others helps with the day to day tasks is also important.
The 410 Bridge is an unpaid internship and I was required to find my own housing. Some of the staff members were more than willing to help me out on my living situation throughout the summer. There are few benefits for the internship, and as of right now, few opportunities to join the organization for a full time position. However, I have been able to find other opportunities for future jobs through staff members and partnered organizations. The 410 Bridge is always looking for volunteers and I believe will offer more internships in the future.
I have developed the skills to deal with a variety of people and their needs. I have learned how to effectively and efficiently plan trips and projects for teams travelling overseas. I have learned to remain positive in stressful situations, always double check my work, time management skills and to seek God first in everything I do.
Address: 35 Old Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
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