Rockford Pastor Swims the English Channel for African Kids

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

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    Reverend Mike Solberg swam the English channel for African kids.

    A pastor from a Rockford who made a pact to raise money for a school in Africa came up all wet from the effort.

    But that's a good thing.

    Rev. Mike Solberg swam the English channel this weekend in a bid to raise $50,000 for a shchool in Waku Kungo, Angola

    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.