Sam Childers: The Real-Life 'Machine Gun Preacher'

Friday, September 23, 2011

Children in Turalei, in the northern part of South Sudan. (

Sam Childers was once drug dealer, who dabbled in violent crime. But in the summer of 1992, he attended a church revival and decided to abandon his life of crime, and travel to war-torn Sudan to find a way to aid children there. With his wife, Childers founded an orphanage in South Sudan, where they have now housed and educated over 1,000 youths. A new film, "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler depicts Childer's story.

We spoke with Childers about his troubled youth, and how he founded his successful non-governmental organization.

Here's the trailer for "Machine Gun Preacher":

Comments [1]

Brett Keller

Disappointing that you're offering such uncritical coverage of a scary guy. Truth is stranger than fiction? Well, sometimes the "truth" may have a bit of fiction in it:

1) I argue against his brand of armed humanitarianism and call attention to apparent falsehoods/contradictions in his story:

2) This Christianity Today piece highlights allegations of neglect at Childers' orphanage (as well as opposition from local community members):

Sep. 23 2011 06:04 PM

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