Brad and Cherie Catron founded Foothold International in 2011, but their story leading them to the red streets of Kenya began in 2004. Both Brad & Cherie were involved with international ministries when they met. Brad had been working part-time for a missions organization leading short-term mission trips to Toronto, Tanzania, Kenya and Ukraine while Cherie was just beginning to venture overseas. Her first mission trip was to China, but her lifelong dream was to work in Africa. Three months after they married in 2005, they went on their first international mission trip together to Ukraine, but it wasn’t until a year later that they had the opportunity together to lead a team of North Americans to Kenya. Since their first trip to Kenya together in 2006, Brad & Cherie knew they were called to work in sub-Saharan Africa.

Brad & Cherie Catron have been working in Kenya and surrounding eastern African countries since 2004. They began travelling to Kenya working with indigenous people groups, leading short-term church-planting teams designed to assist local churches to increase their impact on their communities. Over time, as they began listening to the voices of the local people and evaluating the effectiveness of their work, they began to see the need to change their focus to increase cultural relevancy and foster sustainability.

In 2011, Foothold international was established to address with the following goals:

  • To offer authentic and practical expressions of Christ’s love to the people of eastern Africa.
  • To encourage and empower indigenous people by honoring their culture, beliefs and strengths, in order to assist them as they make lasting positive change in their own lives.
  • To go beyond the alleviation of suffering by identifying cycles of poverty, sickness, and oppression in order to seek solutions for generational suffering that are
    • complementary to local programs & resources
    • ustainable without ongoing outside support
    • accessible to the community regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, or social status
    • reproducible by the community with the use of local people and available resources
    • relevant to the cultural and lifestyle of the local people