‘Machine Gun Preacher’ headed to Fraserburgh

Sam Childers.
Sam Childers.

The gun-toting evangelist who inspired the Hollywood movie ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ will visit Fraserburgh later this month to tell his remarkable story.

Sam Childers, who was played by heartthrob Gerard Butler in the movie, will discuss how he was transformed from a violent outlaw to an inspiring missionary at Fraserburgh’s AOG Central, on Queens Road, on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30pm.

Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, Gordon Cruden – who is organising Sam’s trip to Fraserburgh – commented: “We’re extremely pleased to have Sam Childers come to the North East to tell his powerful life story.”

In his early years, Sam was a drug-dealing brawler and member of a notorious biker gang, headed down a dark road of destruction in a drink-fuelled haze.

Sam then came to a crossroads when he was almost killed in an extreme bar fight and shoot-out in Florida. That night, he decided he had had enough of the wild life he was living and moved back to his home state, Pennsylvania. There, he became a Christian.

Later, whilst on a mission trip to Africa, Sam was stirred by the brutal situation in South Sudan.

On stumbling across the remains of a young child whose body had been torn apart by a landmine, Sam decided to fight back and has since devoted himself to rescuing and helping children in some of the most dangerous areas of Africa.

Along with his wife, Lynne, he runs a number of orphanages across Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda, where his organisation, Angels of East Africa, currently cares for around 200 youngsters.

“This is a man who puts his life where his mouth is and his talk will give a clear presentation of what it means when people say that their life has been touched and transformed by God,” Mr Cuden commented.

The event is free to attend.