Sam Childers’ life was the subject of Hollywood movie and now The Machine Gun Preacher has visited Tamworth, and we were there to speak to him.
Sam Childers who is also known as the Machine Gun Preacher visited The Coton Centre on Thursday (22 March) to share his life story, which was captured in The Machine Gun Preacher movie which was based on Childers book ‘Another Man’s War’.
The movie and the book propelled Sam Childers to an overnight brand that has seen him speak to audiences of 10’s of thousands all around the world – not to mention the many TV/film productions he’s been asked to be involved in.
Tamworth Informed spoke to Sam Childers when he visited Tamworth, and below you can see what he had to say.
Sam’s story all started with a life of drugs and violence – which involved, at one point, being an armed guard for drug dealers. After almost being killed in a wild brawl Childers decided to turn his life around – to embrace a life of faith in God as he fought to free enslaved children in South Sudan and Northern Uganda – that all started back in 1998.
Since then, Childers has built one of the largest orphanages in Southern Sudan, which has fed and housed more than a 1,000 children. With the orphanage finished, Childers began to lead armed missions to rescue children from the Lord’s Resistance Army – which led to villagers calling him ‘The Machine Gun Preacher’.
Fast-forward to today, Childers team make around 12,000 meals every day for feeding programs in East Africa, and house 380 orphan children; most of which are victims of some atrocity. He’s also drilled dozens of well’s – built many schools and has major projects in South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.