Happy New Month of November, 2018

“Are you going through hard time? You may be asking the kind of question Zacharias asked, “How can I come out of this trouble, circumstance or situation? How can this be? How can that be? Cease from all your “How can”? All you should be concerned with is “God can!”” – culled from my book, “Be Encouraged”.

It is with great joy, after been helped my many great men and their works, that I share with you my mini-book Be Encouraged – Guaranteed Principles for Overcoming Hard Times by Marcus Edibogi Akor

Please click on the title to download the book and hope to get your feedback.

God will help you!

Best Regards,


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Marcus“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” – Numbers 13:33.

How you see yourself before others and circumstances matters a lot. If you see your circumstances and you are intimidated by others, you’ll only shrink and become timid and full of fears. My friend, you have all it takes to conquer. Once you sincerely have God and see God above all people and challenges, you are not afraid, you are fearless and every mountain becomes just like a stepping stone to you.

Never underrate yourself! You deserve the best and with God all things are possible. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but of power, love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 TFLV)

Now, my friend, what are you seeing? If what you are seeing makes you fear, change what you are seeing. You have the right to change what you see. And let me recommend One Personality you need to see above everything and everybody else. See God!

You limit God when you see yourself against others and circumstances. You can’t please God that way of seeing.

You see yourself too small for that position?

You see yourself to small for the business?

You see yourself too small for everything and anything?

You are unbelieving! You must see God above all people and things and step into your glorious destiny!

Unbelief is the only reason you are where you are and not moving. Who told you, you must figure it all out before you launch out?

It is not humility when you see yourself too small for what God is impressing in your heart to do, it is faithlessness. Come out of your faithless condition, pray and receive the Spirit of Faith to do all God wants you to do. My friend, receive the Spirit of Faith and step out into your glorious destiny! The Spirit of Faith is one of the rare privileges we have as SONS of God.

The time is not to act in Faith.

I challenge you, Go! In!! Faith!!!

Marcus Edibogi Akor,

Team Leader, The Bridge Youth Development Foundation

29 Abba Moro Avenue, Ugbokolo, Benue State.


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MarcusMrs. X started talking about her weaknesses, that she has been living carelessly for some time now and she know is not good for her as a believer in Jesus Christ. She said she is not pretending about it and she is being open because she needs help to live as a sincere Christian. Mrs. Y was trying everything possible to discourage Mrs. X from talking about her weaknesses and she was interrupting her. Then Mr. Q stopped Mrs. Y from interrupting Mrs. X. Mr. Q said Mrs. X should allow Mrs. X share her weaknesses because it is in so doing we will pray for her to receive strength in the Lord.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is very effective.” (James 5:16 TFL)

Now, that is how it is in our fellowships today, brethren pretending to be who they are not. Hiding all manner of weaknesses (lying, stealing, fornication, arrogance, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, envy, deceitfulness, adultery etc.) to show that we are strong. And as Apostle Arome Osayi said “When you lose the virtue of sincerity, you are not a Christian, you are a cartoon”. The earlier you expose your weakness and seek for support, the better for you.

The devil strives in secrecy. So if you want to end up in destruction, then hide your weaknesses. But if you desire to live a victorious Christian life, expose your weaknesses and receive help to overcome them.

Another angle to this as I understand is the “basket mouths” we have in our fellowships today, who cannot keep in confidence things shared by brethren. Also the bad treatment others have gotten for sharing their weaknesses in the past make some sincere brethren hide theirs for the fear of rejection and bad treatment. This ought not to be so!

Now the solution to this is on the part of the one who needs help. Seek out for spiritually matured brethren. Spiritual maturity is not in suit and tie or in speaking loudly in tongues or knowing how to quote the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. You need to prayerfully ask God to lead you to talk to someone who is spiritually matured. The person may even be younger in age to you or someone you may not like or does not look fashionable, but be humble enough to seek help from whom the Spirit leads you to.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the older, spiritually mature brothers of the gathering of the called-out ones and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will heal the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven”. (James 5:14-15 TFL). May the Lord give you understanding.

Let’s try to be Christians indeed and in words. The Lord’s command is to be our brothers’ keeper.

Finally, “My brethren, if anyone among you deviates from the truth and someone helps him turn around, let him know that he who recovers a sinner from the delusion of his way saves a soul from death and covers a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-12 TFL)

Are you sick? Are you living in sin secretly? Do you need help to be sincere in your life?

It’s time to exchange your weaknesses to strength.

Let’s get connected:

+2348053849232, +2347038691281.

The Bridge Youth Development Foundation Office Address: 29 Abba Moro Avenue Odessassa, Ugbokolo, Okpokwu LGA. Benue State.

God bless you.

Marcus Edibogi Akor.

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The Bridge Youth Development Foundation Newsletter, June 2016

Dear Friends and supporters of The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, It is a great pleasure to welcome you on The Bridge Youth Flight Newsletter for the 1st half of the year 2016, Youth Development in Action, 29 ABBA MORO AVENUE, ODESSASSA UGBOKOLO, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE STATE, NIGERIA”. On behalf of the pilots Marcus Edibogi Akor and Team Members, we thank you for choosing this flight, please click The Bridge Newsletter June, 2016 to read and enjoy the Bridge Youth Development Foundation Newsletter, June, 2016.

Thank you for your support!

With Warm Regards from The Bridge YDF, Benue State, North Central, Nigeria.

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MarcusIf you associate with the godly, the righteous and the humble, you’ll be blessed but when you associate with the wicked, the ungodly and evil, the consequence is that you’ll be cursed.

Psalms 1:1 says “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” I paraphrase Psalms 1:1 this way “Cursed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the godly, nor standeth in the the way of the righteous, nor sitteth in the seat of the humble.” Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. The wise is the person who fears God (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, 9:10) and the fool is he who says in his heart there is no God (Psalms 14:1).

That’s not all, the blessed righteous man delights in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night (Psalms 1:2); as a consequence the righteous man shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringteth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalms 1:3)! Wow, it is good to be righteous in the Lord. Now hear this, the ungodly are not so: they are like chaff which the wind driveth away (Psalms 1:4). The ungodly fails in everything he does and the end of the ungodly is to be destroyed.

Hmm… my beloved friend, please check your life and associations.

Talking about righteousness, no man has the power to be or make himself righteous except God. That is why we must first of all repent and forsake our evil deeds, accept and believe the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, thereby taking away all our sins and iniquities and making us righteous before God.

That’s the starting point; otherwise whatever righteousness or good you do outside of Christ is as a filthy rag (Isaiah 64:6).

It is as you repent, accept and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour and forsake all your evil deeds that the Spirit of the Living God will begin to lead your step to associate with other righteous, godly and humble people and thereby being blessed by such company!

May God grant you grace to repent and forsake all your evil deeds and May the Spirit connect you from now onto blessed people that you may also be blessed in Jesus Name. Amen.

God bless you.

Marcus Edibogi Akor, 08053849232.

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God blesses only doers of His work, not hearers! Your hearing of His Word is supposed to give you faith that leads to work. Faith without works is dead.

James 1:21-25King James Version (KJV)

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

God bless you as you do His work in Jesus Name.

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The Bridge Youth Development Foundation Newsletter April, 2015

Dear Friends and supporters of The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, It is a great pleasure to welcome you on The Bridge Youth Flight Newsletter 2, Youth Development in Action, Ugbokolo, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State. On behalf of the pilots Marcus and Team Members, please click The Bridge Newsletter April, 2015 to read and enjoy the Bridge Youth Development Foundation Newsletter, April, 2015.

Thank you for your support!

With Warm Regards from Benue State, North Central, Nigeria.



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DSC_1039The deception involved in cheating is so great that the only beneficiary of the cheating is the person who cheats. Now why do we cheat? To show to the world what we are not?! To show to the world that we are intelligent on paper?

Your certificate carrying excellent result can never replace your ignorance, foolishness and dullness of brain. You don’t know means you don’t know. Why show to the world that you know when you actually don’t know? Does it make any sense to you?

This write up is intended to make you have a rethink on the slippery and deceptive path you are creating for yourself and generations after you. Look, don’t be deceived, the world celebrates knowledge, Nigeria celebrates knowledge and everyone including you who are engaged in malpractices celebrates knowledge too.

You may say everybody is doing it. Firstly, it is not true, secondly, even if everybody is doing it, are you everybody? You forget that “you are fearfully and wonderfully made “ (Psalm 139:14). You are not everybody. Friend, decide to take responsibility for how you live. You don’t owe anyone an apology to live right. You may want to identify with the band wagon of confused people but when tough times come, you’ll be left alone. And I assure you, tough time will definitely come but the good news is that if you know what you know, if you are prepared before time, you’ll use tough times to your own advantage.

I better fail knowing I tried my best trusting God without any form of malpractice than to succeed knowing fully well that it’s a result of malpractice!

Many of us have called malpractice “help” in the exam hall, which is indeed help to destruction of talent, intellect, ability and bright future.

When would you want to start learning and schooling yourself?

I tell my friends, the best helpanyone can do for you is before and/or after the exams, by studying and learning together, but in exam, help is malpractice! So, dear friends, the future of our dear great nation is in our hands. You can shape the future you want either to the positive or to the negative. The choice is yours my beloved friends.

Let us join hands to stop malpractice in examinations. It starts with me, it starts with you. It is not wise that you go about with results that you cannot defend, prove and be completely confident of. You see say na deception malpractice be abi?

Some even say, make we cheat, later we go know am, but the truth is you will never go back to it. However, when you don’t know and you are tested and fail, there is a high possibility that you’ll be challenged to know for yourself.

Let us stop deceiving ourselves and do the right thing, the future and today is in our hands to invest right.

Cease from all forms of exam malpractice. For as many of you, who have certificates of malpractice, repent, and ask God what to do with your corrupt certificate and do as the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

You know the irony of the whole thing is while I was still developing this piece, I went in for an exam and someone came in to pally with the invigilators to allow the sister to cheat in exams and the foolish lady was busy insulting the invigilator that put her in the “difficult situation” that won’t allow her to cheat. It is a very troubling situation. You know the whole thing makes the examination environment so unfit for exams and you begin to feel awkward where you are supposed to be relaxed to write.

Friends, a word is enough for the wise! Maximize your brain and stop examination malpractices…

God bless you. God bless Nigeria.

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The 2015 General Elections: February or March 28th?

INEC-Attahiru-Jega…Consequently, the Commission (INEC) has decided to reschedule the 2015 general elections thus: the national elections (i.e. Presidential and National Assembly) are now to hold on March 28th, 2015; while the state elections (Governorship and State Assembly) are to hold on April 11th, 2015.- Attahiru M. Jega, The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

I heard a heated argument among my neighbors condemning the postponement of the 2015 general elections from February 14th, 2015 to February 28th, 2015 by INEC and all of that, but I didn’t give it much attention until early morning on Tuesday this week, I heard my neighbor praying seriously loud and committing the election on February 28th, 2015 into God’s hand and it should be violent free, fair and credible and the prayer went on.

I had to meet each of them one on one to give them the real dates as stated at the beginning of this piece and to their surprise, they were ignorantly confident, asking me why the postponement from February 28th again.

Now, the prayer is not wrong but the date for which the prayer is based is wrong. And that is how most of us have formed a practice, doctrine and religion out of lies and falsehood.

How many of us are guilty of carrying false news out of rumor and lie!

We believe what people say about us more than what God is saying. Just like Professor Jega, the INEC Chairman said a date and my neighbors heard differently, believed it, argued it, condemned it, accepted it, and prayed about it; is just the same way God say’s a thing, and we hear differently from men, and run with same.

It is more reason why many of our relationship with God are fruitless because we pray amiss. The scripture says in James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”.

Dear Friends, we must get the right information concerning our lives and the only way is to get it from God. Apart from Him we can do nothing! “I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5. Without God, we will keep running with lies from the pit of hell.

To avoid wasting your time in aimless and purposeless life ventures, connect with God Almighty through Jesus Christ with constant and unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit; and you will avoid so many unnecessary wanderings but get the right information to direct you in the path of realizing your destiny.

Some of us have come to believe what men say about us. My Friend, stop believing lies. “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” Lamentations 3:37. So, judge from now on, whose report will you believe? God or man? The choice is yours to make. Even if God speaks through a man, you should definitely have a witness in your spirit if it is God that ordered it because our God is not a God of confusion!

Finally, always check with the source of everything you hear before flying with it. This will help us become wise.

Your opinions on this issue are welcome.

God bless you. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Marcus Edibogi Akor | Team Leader – The Bridge Youth Development Foundation | +234 8053849232 | +2347038691281 | | | | Skype: marcusakor | Twitter: @edibogi | Quote: Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.

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DSCF2063The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue State in partnership with Youngstars Development Initiative, Abuja held Youth Non Violence Voters’ Education Campaign and Inauguration of The Bridge Youth Network on 7th February, 2015 at Odessassa Hall, Ugbokolo, Benue State.

The program was focused on Nigerian youth and shared the belief that Nigeria’s greatest resource for its future development is its youthful population.  We promoted a message of zero-tolerance for the use of youth groups by politicians to commit acts of violence or political hooliganism before, during and after the elections.

Participants committed to peaceful elections by signing the pledge forms of the Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War Campaign. It was a very interactive session and participants shared their views concerning having a peaceful election.

IEC materials like the Nigerian Youth Agenda on Political Participation, Vote Not Fight stickers and wrist band, INEC materials on Election Code of Conduct and other materials were distributed to participants.

Vote Not Fight Ambassadors were inaugurated and 554 pledge cards, stickers and wrist bands were distributed to 9 of the participants to mobilize young people in their community to sign the pledge cards. Upon return of the signed pledge cards, Vote Not Fight Campaign T-Shirts will be given to them.

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The Bridge Youth Network was inaugurated with 7 persons elected as interim officials to spearhead the network in Ugbokolo. The objective of The Bridge Youth Network is to raise young leaders with character, vision, purpose and integrity. And promote issues of Democracy, Good Governance, Youth participation in politics and Policy.

It was a very successful event as it was the first time of organizing an event in Ugbokolo, a community in a different local government from where we used to organize programs.

Our upcoming program is Ben Poly Student’s Conference in Ugbokolo upon resumption of the Polytechnic from strike.

We are grateful to God Almighty for the success of the program, we appreciate the team members of The Bridge Youth Development foundation and we also thank Youngstars Development Initiative for their support. Finally, we thank the participants for attending the program.

The Bridge Youth Development Foundation is a youth led non-governmental organization registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and working in Benue State on Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship and issues of Democracy, Good Governance and Policy. TBYDF is non partisan, and is not by any means promoting any political party or aspirant. We bridge the information, opportunity, job and training gap for young people.

Marcus Edibogi Akor | Team Leader – The Bridge Youth Development Foundation | +234 8053849232 | +2347038691281 | | | | Skype: marcusakor | Twitter: @edibogi | Quote: Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.

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