‘Machine Gun Preacher’ heads to Fraserburgh

Sam Childers.
Sam Childers.

A gun-totting Evangelist who inspired the Hollywood movie ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ is to visit Fraserburgh next week to tell his remarkable tale.

Sam Childers, who was played by Gerald Butler in the movie, will discuss who he was transformed from a violent outlaw to an inspiring missionary at the Broch’s AOG Central on Queen’s 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 - said: “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 distruction 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 of Pensylvania. There he became a Christian. Later, while 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,” said Mr Cruden.

The event is free to attend and all are welcome to go along.