The Machine Gun Preacher
Some of you might have heard of the man called “The Machine Gun Preacher”. He is also known as Sam Childers. A missionary with a difference. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty…or even to do the dirty work! But let me start from the beginning…
I while back I came across the Facebook page of the Machine Gun Preacher. He tickled my fancy and I started following him and his doings in Africa. I became quite a fan of him…
Let’s fast forward a bit to last month. Once again on Facebook I saw that Sam was coming to South Africa for a short tour. I know that he was here last year or the year before as well, but this time I was not going to miss him again. So, when I saw that he was being hosted by the Central Bikers Church in Germiston it was like that! We were going to see the man!
On Saturday, 19 October 2019 the day arrived. The Clan met up and we all set off to the Central Bikers Church. The ride there was very enjoyable, and I could not help but to wander what to expect.
We arrived at the venue just before 11:00. The event was to start at 12:00 but there were already quite a few people! I immediately realize that the venue was going to be packed!
We got to meet and greet with the man! What a wonderful, humble man. He mingled with all present and there was no “air” or anything like that. he was just another man of God on a mission.
The event started some time later. When he was handed the mike, he first gave us background and info on the projects him and his organization was busy with in East Africa. I was quite insightful to say the least. He was really making a different in several lives of the children in Africa…
He also called us out… Yes, he called all Christians out. He pointed out that just sitting in a church is just not good enough! It was time to step up to the plate. This was later revisited in his message…
Then there were a “question and answer session” where Sam answered any questions that the attendees wanted to ask him. One of the things I respect nd admire about him was that he was asking people to as him anything, specifically with regard to donations and how the donations were used. Now, that was refreshing!
Then he gave us his testimony. It was not the same as the movie “Machine Gun Preacher” based on his live! He was not scared to tell us about all the wrong and bad things that he did in his past. Absolutely great stuff!
Then we received some word from him as well. It boiled down t this: you can not be a Christian, or even claim to be a Christian, unless you do something to help someone! There are a lot of people in the word that is less fortunate that what we are. We can not live in luxury and splendor and feel chuffed with ourselves while others are suffering and are in need. We must assist and help where and how we can. We should be willing to sacrifice in order to help others. Wow! What a great message…
After having prayed for those present the event came to an end. What a great event it was. My word of advice, if you ever get a chance to see and listen to the man, don’t let the opportunity pass! He has an inspiring story and testimony that can only positively influence any Christian that is serious about making a difference in the lives of others.
Christo “Wolf” Pelser
Wolf Clan MCC: Klub President
(Chairman of God`s Army Ministries)