Those familiar with my artwork know that “hope” has become my life message and one of my missions is to encourage others in their hope.
In 2008, my friend, Lloyd Shadrach, and I coined the phrase “igbok” as a simple “word of encouragement” to remind ourselves and others that “it’s gonna be o.k.”.
Since then, the word has traveled around the world encouraging others with concerns that are both global and personal. It has become a household word.
We believe igbok is the universal language of hope.
When a child skins a knee or gets their feelings hurt; when the medical tests aren’t good; when fear rolls in like a storm and anxiety hovers like a fog; when dreams die and hope seems to evaporate; when life isn’t going the way we hoped it would — aren’t these the words we long to hear — and believe?
What if God — the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation — made this promise? What if He shouted and whispered “igbok” from Genesis to Revelation? He’s the only one who could make this promise — and keep it. If He did, then we have reason to hope.
We think He did.
God’s “o.k.” doesn’t mean that the cancer will be healed, the relationship fully restored, the physical pain or emotional ache will go away in this life. It means that because He has entered and overcome our brokenness…we can live this life with real hope — a hope that knows one day everything will be set right forever in the life to come.