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

Friday, September 23, 2011

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

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: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/22/machine_gun_menace?page=full

2) This Christianity Today piece highlights allegations of neglect at Childers' orphanage (as well as opposition from local community members): http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/septemberweb-only/machinegunpreacher.html

Sep. 23 2011 06:04 PM

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