Machine Gun Preacher - Sam Childers Free Charity Talk
Join us in store at Alba Customs from 11am - where we're delighted to be joined by Sam Childers aka The Machine Gun Preacher.
It all started with a Scum of the earth type life - one 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 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) 24/7. He's also drilled dozens of wells - built many schools and has major projects in South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Sam Childers life was the subject of Hollywood movie The Machine Gun Preacher which starred Gerard Butler as Sam.
“Sam Childers was a guy with NO HOPE - No future... so a story like his will be inspiring and encouraging to people - that's what we need in our community".
“People can get motivated by listening to him.”
The event will be free, although we will take up a free will offering for the work he does in South Sudan and Northern Uganda after he has spoken. "We'd like to think we could help him save some more children".
There will be Hot refreshments and a Fork Buffet, with all donations going to support the work that Sam continues to do to improve the lives of the Children.
For more information on Sam and his work, here's a link to The Machine Gun Preacher Website.