All the world’s great religions teach that we are all children of God and brothers and sisters, with responsibility for each others.  Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the United States have many resources in abundance.  Those who live in Nigeria need some of those resources to provide the basics of food, clothing, education, healthcare, and a loving, nurturing environment that should be the birthright of every child.  Often, we discard equipment or clothes that others could use.  Many people are eager to share, but do not have a way to do so that assures them their donations will get to where they are needed. 

To get to Awka, Nigeria, from Lagos, one must cross the mile-long bridge over the Niger River at Onitsha.  For supplies and gifts to get from the United States to Awka, a bridge is also needed.  The Bridge of Faith project provides that bridge, collecting and paying shipping costs for surplus equipment and donated goods, supplies, and money.  It provides a network of people, both in the US and in Nigeria, who ensure that the supplies are delivered and maintained appropriately.  It enables trusted local representatives to purchase supplies on the local market, whenever practical, so that the local economy may also benefit.  We hope you will become a part of that bridge.

Since its inception, we have provided:

•A generator for the Model Motherless Babies Home

•A van for Orphanage Tenderlove

•A “solar suitcase” to provide light at night and three examining tables for the clinic at Okpuno

•500 insecticide-treated mosquito nets for several organizations, including the Biafran War Veterans settlement and a leper colony 

•Thousands of text books and school supplies for 8 primary and secondary schools

•Clothing, books, toys, food, and infant formula for 3 orphanages

•Bibles, drums, and 2 pianos to churches

•A football tournament among four area secondary schools

•The Heather Taylor Institute of Mathematics providing extra mathematics education for select secondary school students

Our funding comes from donations from individuals, churches, and organizations, as well as from ongoing sales of African crafts at churches, church meetings, street fairs and craft sales.  

We invite you to become a part of this bridge by donating books, children’s clothing, school supplies, and other items, by sponsoring sales of African crafts, and by donating money.

 

Founded in 2006, Bridge of Faith is a joint project of Faith United Church of Christ, Union, NJ, and the First Congregational Church of Verona, NJ.  We have finished our application process and have become a registered non-profit organization in Nigeria.
 
Its purpose is to mobilize people and religious organizations in New Jersey to support a variety of health and human service programs in the Awka, Nigeria area.

 

Faith United Church of Christ of Union, First Congregational Church (UCC) of Verona, and the All Christian Prayer Fellowship of Union are working to finish building and providing for the needs of various projects in the Awka area of Nigeria...

 

Recent Activities 

Participation and hosting the Awka Development Union of the US and Canada at the Doubletree Hotel, Newark, NJ.

Our eight secondary school football tournament was held.  All the schools received boxes of school books and a check.

We picked up 3 pallets of library books from the Edison, NJ Public Library for Nigeria.

Another examination table, wheel chairs, and other medical supplies has been picked up.  Our next shipment has arrived in Awka.

 

 

Why Do We Need A Bridge? 

Who Is Bridge of Faith?

Here are some of the second boxes of books, from the UCC's Youth at Synod, at Port Newark ready to ship to Nigeria.

These books arrived in Nigeria and we had them delivered to schools, pre-schools, and libraries.  

Above are some of the books at our 2015 Secondary School Football Tournament in Awka, Nigeria.  The books were divided up between the 9 schools that participated.

Same first book reaction 6 years later!