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Machine Gun Preacher to visit Grafton

Emma Pritchard


American author and humanitarian Sam Childers, better known as the Machine Gun Preacher (MGP), is heading to the Clarence Valley later this month to share his message of hope and faith and speak about his ongoing commitment to rescuing children from Africa’s most dangerous war zones.

Sam Childers, aka the Machine Gun Preacher, will be the guest speaker at the Faith Family Church on March 8. Image: contributed.

A former drug addict, drug dealer, and member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, the MGP converted to Christianity in the 1990s after being involved in a bar fight in Florida which turned into a shootout that almost took his life.

Two years later, he walked into a church and shifted his focus towards making a positive difference in the world.

He has since established numerous children’s homes in South Sudan and Uganda which provide shelter, medical care, support, education, and hope for the future, and he continues to rescue African children who have been kidnapped by renegade militias.

The MGP will be a guest speaker at over 30 events in Australia during his upcoming tour, including the Family First Church in South Grafton on March 8 at 7pm, and local Pastor Danny Whalen is encouraging Clarence Valley residents to attend.

“His story is powerful, and he has greatly impacted many young people in eastern Africa,” he said.

“I am very excited because I believe those who hear his story will be inspired to engage in their community and charities for a better outcome.”

The Family First Church is located at 75 Southampton Road, South Grafton.