The Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher

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“Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a good hope at the end.”

Time after time the Devil comes around to remind us of our past to hinder our future. Here is the story of a Man which was raised and trained for what he did not know anything about. This is a true story about not only the man, but also about Gods power and mercy. I live in a place that is mostly used for location shoot in Hollywood, and I came to know about Rev Sam Childers by pure heavenly appointment. As faith has it I had just watched the movie called “Machine Gun Preacher,” which is about a biker, drug dealer from Pennsylvania. God finds him and transform him to one of His servants to serve and do His work for him”. A singer, song writer, and Music producer booked my location to shoot a music video. As the time went on,   I came to know about him “Aaron Hendra, who sang the solo for the movie”The machine Gun Preacher” named “One Mans War”, thus the rest is History….

Read the story, and watch the movie for in that you will see the Glory and power of our God

Another Man’s War

The Sam Childers Story

English: Sam Childers arriving to the Book Sig...

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Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania. His parents were decent, honest people but at an early age Sam started to show a knack for getting into trouble. His father, a former marine, grew fond of saying “Boy, somebody’s gonna kill you one of these days!”

A Troubled Teen

By his early teens Sam was constantly in fist fights, selling hard drugs and sleeping with married women. He continued to slide deeper into a life of violence and crime until he became a Shotgunner – an armed guard for drug dealers. It was during this stage of his life that he met Lynn, a stripper, who would later become his wife.

Unlearning a Life of Crime

Sam, haunted by his father’s words, became increasingly concerned that he was going to be killed because of drugs and slowly began to distance himself from his former life. He found a job in construction and prospered despite his continuing drug and alcohol habit. Lynn, meanwhile, returned to the Church she had forsaken as a young adult.

A Changed Man

Sam also sought to re-establish his relationship with God and began to live a clean life. Slowly, things began to change for the better. Lynn gave birth to a healthy baby girl and Sam started his own construction business. Little did they know that their greatest challenge was just around the corner.

An Education in War

In 1998, Sam arrived in the village of Yei, Southern Sudan. The African nation was in the midst of the Second Sudanese War, and Sam, urged by his Pastor in America, had joined a mission group to help repair huts damaged in the conflict. During this assignment Sam stumbled across the body of a child torn apart by a landmine. He fell to his knees and made a pledge to God to do whatever it took to help the people of Southern Sudan.

A Message from God

Sam returned to Sudan several months later to run a mobile clinic. To fulfil his promise he ventured far across the nation, from the western town of Yei to the eastern villages of Boma. While passing the village of Nimule,on the Ugandan border, God sent him a message:

I want you to build an orphanage for the children, God said. And I want you to build it here.

Making the Vision a Reality

The local people though he was mad. At the time, the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal rebel militia that had kidnapped 30 thousand children and murdered hundreds of thousands of villagers, was laying waste to the area. But Sam was adamant: God had told him to build the orphanage in Nimule and that’s where he was going to build it. He returned to the U.S.A, sold his construction business and sent the money to Africa.

Slowly the orphanage began to take shape. During the day Sam cleared the brush and built the huts that would house the children. During the evening, he slept under a mosquito net slung from a tree: bible in one hand, AK47 in the other.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Lynn and Sam’s daughter Paige fought a battle of their own. The family car was repossessed and a foreclosure notice was issued on the house. Sam had enough money to pay the outstanding mortgage or finish the orphanage. He couldn’t afford both so he sent the money to Africa.

With the orphanage finished, Sam began to lead armed missions to rescue children from the LRA. It wasn’t long before tales of his exploits spread and villagers began to call him “The Machine Gun Preacher.”

Surviving Against All Odds

13 years later the orphanage is the largest in Southern Sudan and has fed and housed over 1,000 children. Today, more than 200 children call the orphanage home. Unfortunately there are still many Sudanese children suffering and in need of rescue.

Sam and Lynn still live in the same house in Pennsylvania and are just as dedicated to the plight of the Sudanese children as they were 13 years ago. Sam’s biography, Another Man’s War, is currently being made into a Hollywood feature film starring Gerard Butler. The film is due for release in September 2011.


11 Responses to The Machine Gun Preacher

  1. Pingback: Machine Gun Preacher (2011/US) « zerosumo

  2. writinggomer says:

    Wow, I need to see this movie I think. What a man for God, this is a awesome story. Thanks for posting!
    Blessings to you and your wife wdednh!!!


  3. granbee says:

    I had heard and read a little about a preacher who lead armed missions to rescue children from the LRA, but I am so very pleased to learn more about his childhood, early adulthood, conversion, and later Christian ministry! I, too, have been injured and have had to stand up against racists to protect women and children, just in the past twelve months right here in the U.S. I am a woman, but God somehow put me in that place, because I later learned, those women and children never would have gone with ANY man, no matter how kind! This just strengthens me and rejoices my heart today. Bless for posting this most inspirational information. We indeed wrestle with the powers of darkness!

  4. God still chooses from the “least of us”, the most unlikely, for big things. Jer 29:11 is one of my favorites.

    God does have hopes for all of us, but they manifest themselves in His unique plans for each of us. (i.e.: we are ALL destined for glory and greatness) But only a few CHOOSE to pursue that destiny.

    Great blog!

    Shalom, Art

  5. wdednh says:

    “ptl2010 says:
    March 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm (Edit)

    I note you are enjoying yourself. Praise God.”

    God is such an Awesome God, He placed me in a place to be a help to the owner, roof over my head and be able to meet people such as Aaron Hendra a Christian artist, whom introduced me to Rev Sam Childers. Yes you might say I am having fun 🙂

  6. ptl2010 says:

    Awesome. Praise the Lord. What a great God we serve. Miracles happen for us when we notice them.

  7. wdednh says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.

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