Proving the benefits of laughter
In 2009 my family and I changed things up a bit. The comedy world had been going 100 miles an hour for 18 years and I was tired. My family and I decided to take a little break and serve in a third world medical clinic program and school for a few months. That decision changed our world.
While we were there we saw girls as young as eleven years old forced into prostitution. We saw homeless boys on the streets being abused by the crazies that came from the U.S. We saw a garbage dump filled with people in a hopeless condition. What could we do? You can't just walk away when you know their names.
So we thought we would do something about it. The comedy world had been very good to me, as it has been to many of my comedy friends. My wife and I decided to put our money where our heart was (this is always the case) and do something about it... and the Cups Of Cold Water project was born.
The project provides daily feedings for those who live at the garbage dump. School for the children living there. The project also provides ongoing English as a second language classes, and student tutoring. A new University program is in the works. We were able to fund the start up of two Mommy-Baby Pregnancy Resource Centers, and a partnership with a local orphanage.
So when my agent gives you an enormous price, and you wonder how that huge check (and it is huge) is going to be spent... now you know.
The mission has become so large (we now have 12 staff and 15 buildings) that it is no longer completely funded through the comedy business. In the past few years we have expanded through the generosity of the Agape Foundation, FTS Training Team, Hope FM, Crossover International, CUPS International, and wonderful people from all over the country. Together we are touching the poorest of the poor.
I take a few events every year at local churches where they allow me to receive an offering in which 100% of that offering goes to the mission. If your church would like to host this event, let's talk personally.
Thanks for your interest, Mike Williams
Please see www.CupsOfColdWater.com for more information
Seeing the hungry and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing the prisoners and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing the naked and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing the sick and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing the homeless and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing the lonely and wondered why somebody didn't do something about it,
Seeing myself full, free, clothed, healthy, and surrounded by friends, I realized,
I could be the "somebody" that did something about it... -Mike G. Williams
Mike G. Williams
Mike does a limited number of comedy appearances every year at local churches for a love offering taken for the mission. These are done within the contractual arrangement he has with the Ambassador Agency and are booked personally through
Mike at 863-670-1668
or the mission speaking representative
Tony Ponceti at 863-370-1080
Cups Of Cold Water U.S. office
5640 Hillview Ct. Lakeland, FL 33810