Apostle, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
In a vision in 1990, Emmanuel Idu saw an eager crowd, approaching a bridge leading up to an attractive city, on the other side of a wide river. The bridge collapsed as the people got closer.
He then heard a voice calling on him to arise and build the bridge. Today, he sees that experience as God’s mandate for him to help others cross over obstacles, to fulfill their destiny.
Emmanuel began preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, in an early age, with great sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, demonstrating God’s wisdom, and supernatural powers, resulting in testimonies of salvation, healing, deliverance, and breakthroughs.
"It began with a vision in the year 1989. I was a poor, but ambitious student, about to complete my studies and officially become a computer programmer, when I had a vision.
In the vision, I saw a people running frantically. There was a chaotic scene behind them. It was not clear what they were running away from. However, I noticed that they were running towards a big bridge connecting their location across a big river to a beautiful and attractive city on the other side of the river. They were heading towards that city.
As they approached the bridge, it suddenly collapsed. They appeared disappointed, troubled, clueless, frustrated, and in despair..
I then heard a loud voice call my name, with a clear instruction,
“Arise! Build The Bridge!”...
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
Leaders are constantly under pressure to grow, while helping to grow others. We are committed to their development.
God designed the local church to be the pillar and ground of truth, a place of training. We help churches grow stronger.
Pastor Irene Idu was born in the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. She experienced salvation as a teenage and developed a fervent desire for missions. In pursuit of a highly promising medical career, she left her family and moved to The Netherlands.
Despite her top performance in school, and a government placement in the highly competitive Dutch medical school, she continued to feel a strong call into the ministry. She finally obeyed this call and decided to dedicate her life fully to the Lord’s service.
Shortly after this, it became clear to her that she was going to spend the rest of her life with Emmanuel, a young preacher she met in Tilburg, Netherlands.
They got married on August 29, 1998
Winners Church International (WCI)
WCI operates from The Netherlands, with a vision to spread the Gospel of Salvation, train believers to live victoriously in God, and to train leaders for the work of the ministry. Apostle Emmanuel & Pastor Irene led the main church for several years before handing the work over to a dedicated team of leaders. They continue to oversee the churches.
Destiny Church International (DCI)
DCI is on a mission to help people fulfill the purpose of God for their lives. Founded on the Island of Curacao, in the Caribbean Sea, the church is committed to the spread of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the development of the individual for effectiveness in the will of God. Apostle Emmanuel and Pastor Irene founded this church, and continue to oversee the work.
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THE ENCOUNTER- Continued from the top
"I had no tools. I had no background in construction and I had no money! I was a final-year student of computer programming and a relatively young believer at the time.
The encounter was decades ago but it never left me.
I can remember feeling an overwhelming presence of God on that day. I knew that God was calling me to work for Him.
I also knew that I did not want to be a preacher.
Back then, in my environment, preaching was the profession chosen by those that failed in school and could obviously not succeed in other ways. At least, that is how I saw it.
Preachers wore outdated clothes, changed their natural voices to sound more religious, and depended on the mercies and the goodwill of others for their livelihood. That profession was not for me! I hated poverty with a passion and I certainly did not want to depend on others for money…
“Arise! Build The Bridge!”
These words haunted me in the days, weeks, and months that followed the encounter, as I continued to experience the presence and power of God in various ways, and at various times. After serious struggles with the idea of embracing the will of God, I finally found peace when I surrendered to the call and made a promise to serve God as He found fit.
Years of meditating on the initial encounter and observing the various assignments and the opportunities that God has given me to touch lives around the world led me to conclude that the primary purpose of God for my life is to help build “bridges” that individuals, people, churches and organizations need to move forward in their destinies.
The image of people and individuals stranded in front of a broken bridge continued to come on my mind over the years and I still see that image today.
I now see possibilities in times of challenges, see greater things ahead of people and receive insights to help them move forward.
How we see it:
To our ministry, a “bridge” is that timely revelation that moves a person forward, the spiritual breakthrough that changes the atmosphere in a church, the business idea or strategy that creates wealth in abundance, the study material that equips a people, the money that moves a business idea forward, and the networking platform that births destiny’s relationships.
It is the timely support that moves a desperate person forward, the strategic investment that brightens the future of a nation, and much more!"
What We Believe
In summary, we believe that …
The Bible is the inspired, written word of God, and the final authority for all matters of theology and our Christian faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, that He died by crucifixion, was buried, and that He rose from the dead on the third day, by the power of God, and ascended into Heaven.
Eternal life is possible, through repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Salvation is the gift of God, given by grace, and received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
God expects His children to live holy, to shine as lights in this world, by doing good works, and to remain faithful to Him until the end.
The true believer has powers over all the works of the devil.
God, at His discretion, still performs miracles, through His children, today.
The Holy Spirit makes it possible for the believer to fulfill God’s purpose here on Earth.
God wants His children to prosper in all areas of their lives.
God has a plan for each of His children. Therefore, the true believer needs to discover and work diligently to fulfill God’s plan.