Thursday, September 2, 2010


Wahoo! On Sunday, August 29, 2010, we surpassed the goal of $70,000 to fund the building of the school in Waku Kungo, Angola! Thanks be to God, and to hundreds of people who have contributed and made this possible!

I suppose this means that I'll have to write some nice, reflective piece to wrap up this blog. (Sentimental sigh.) But that will have to wait for another day.

Swimming the English Channel was a wonderful experience, but being a vehicle or catalyst to enable so many people to contribute to this important school building project truly brings me great joy.

Thank you to everyone. You have truly made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students who will be able to face the challenges of their lives, through education!


Karen said...

Mike, thank you for teaching us about Channel Swims and the children of Angola and their need for new schools. Every single thing related to this project (the specific need in Angola) and how you accomplished it (the Channel Swim) was new to me and interesting to learn. Well done!

I hope you will continue to keep us updated. I was wondering where the operational budget comes from for the school? How much is it?

Mike said...

Hi Karen. First, it is very cool to get a note from somebody in Istanbul!

Second, the Angolan government pays for the teachers, but beyond that, I'm not sure how things work. I'll learn a lot more when I am there in October, and certainly write an update after that.

Third, maybe you could learn Portuguese and go teach in the school when you are done in Istanbul?

Lisa said...

Yay!!! How very exciting!! What an amazing journey you have shared with us!

Debbie said...

Praise the Lord!!

It was about this time last year that you swam the channel.

It always amazes me that our God works in His time to accomplish all things.

Good job Mike et all!

Karen said...

Mike, thanks for making me laugh. I don't speak Portuguese but my oldest does. I'm proud to say though she just got her first post-college job. Yea! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip in October.