I greet you with profound gratitude and welcome you to our website. I am convinced that when we commit to building bridge(s) of love, knowing that "It is not the magnitude of our actions that matters, but the love that we put into them, and that our successes do not depend on doing great things, but in doing little things with great love" - (Mother Teresa). Nothing will surmount the indomitable resilience of our collective optimism and goodwill in ensuring that "there can never be room for poverty that denies anyone what is needed for a dignified life" (Benedict XVI.) These immortal words encapsulate the vision of my life-long dream and the pivotal anchor of my ministry. They were the bedrock upon which I sought the assistance of our community members from Northern Illinois University and Christ the Teacher University Parish/Newman Center in DeKalb, Illinois. Thanks to the efforts of this most dedicated team especially those who visited Nigeria with me in May 2008, this dream came alive in the birth of our nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity: ImaBridge (love Bridge/I am a Bridge of love), Africa (IBA).
The sole purpose of IBA is love-centered in God's original plan. It is love whose values transcend the limitations of nationalism, religious and political affiliations. IBA galvanizes all efforts to make the world, as much as we are able, a place of love for all, especially the most vulnerable and least privileged. To date, IBA has had many successes in charitable programs, not only in Africa, but also here in the USA. With your support, IBA will develop charitable programs and services consistent with our mission as a "faith-based charity dedicated to building transformational relationships between people from dissimilar communities, the privileged and the underprivileged," (Mission statement). In collaborating with those we serve, we seek "not just to give fish," as the saying goes, "but to give nets, so that those we serve can learn to fish on their own." We can accomplish this by collaborating with local African villages to implement programs and services in the areas of health, wellness, education, and agriculture, among others. IBA also seeks ways to assist villagers with self-sustenance as a means of alleviating, if not totally eradicating, extreme poverty in line with the Millennium Development Goals.
Often people have asked, "How can I help?" I exhort you to prayerfully consider applying your time, talents, and treasures to activities of love through:
With choicest blessings from the Lord, and every personal good wish, I welcome you to join me in building this Love Bridge to Africa and beyond.
God bless you,
Fr. Godwin (Nsikan-Ubom) Asuquo