Pastor swims for African kids so they don’t have to

What Mike Solberg swam was the English Channel, hoping to raise money for African kids in need of a decent school. The editor or proofreader of this piece better look into attending it:


Thought I’d better preserve that before someone fixes their whoopsie. “Shchool” is the new word of the day. If you can’t figure out how to pronounce it, just sound it out. Hooked on Phonics worked for me…

But enough mockery. Congratulations Reverend Solberg for doing something few would dare attempt, especially for such a noble reason.

It took the reverend 13 hours and 31 minutes to swim from Samphire Hoe, England, to Wissant, France, on Saturday — a 21-mile swim.

“I actually enjoyed the majority of the swim,” the reverend wrote on his blog. “Hours 1-5 were good. Sometime between hour 5-6 it transitioned in a not good time that lasted until 9 hours. Hours 9-11.5 were pretty enjoyable actually. Then the last two hours were pretty tough.”

Solberg is senior pastor of Second Congregational Church in Rockford.

His goal is to raise $50,000 to build a school in Waku Kungo, Angola. So far, he’s raised more than $30,000.

Overall, he says it was a great experience.

Of course, they’ll be “encouraged” to follow a brand new faith in their brand new school, but hopefully they’ll also get a great education at the same time, something they might never get otherwise.

Congrats again Rev. Solberg and good luck with the fund raising.

edited to fix a whoopsie of my own. Irony, thy delight is 1minion. I had written “Congratulations Reverend Solberg for doing someone..” Wish I would’ve noticed it before I posted. Sorry about that everybody.

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