In all of these experiences, you've seen a lot of rough stuff that I’m sure has helped build up a sort of callous. But is there anything that still breaks your heart?

You know, I think the biggest thing is with Christians. You know if you really examine the people that might come against me, they’re Christians. And you know we’ve got to remember the ones that are around us that are watching us all . . . you know I’m talking the secular world. They notice that. They see that. What are we doing to show a nonbeliever that the Christian life is the life we live if we can’t get along ourselves? So I believe that as Christians, if we want to help build the Kingdom, we’ve got to watch the life that we’re living and try to be good examples and try to love one another and not so much persecute one another.

After someone watches Machine Gun Preacher, and they’re inspired to get involved with your work, can they do that through your nonprofit Angels of East Africa?

What I tell everybody . . . a lot of people are asking me that. Do we need help? Absolutely. I’d love everyone to help, but I believe that people need to educate themselves about rescuing children. And you need to do a little bit of research and find someone that you’re comfortable with helping. And if you’re comfortable with helping us, absolutely we need the help. But there are a lot of good organizations out there doing good work. Just find one that you’re comfortable with. But the one thing I tell everyone: look at the leaders of those organizations, what kind of homes they live in, what kind of salaries they get paid, and what kind of lifestyle they live, because you could be putting money into someone’s lifestyle and not into their work.

What’s next for you after you’re done with promoting Machine Gun Preacher?

I leave to Ethiopia on the 5th [of October], and then I go from there back into Sudan. We’re getting ready to increase our feeding programs again. I think what’s up for me is to try to use everything that’s happening to do more work. And you know the average person that knows me, even relatives and friends, are saying to me, “Sam, why don’t you just sit down and walk away now? You know you could walk away with what you sold your life rights for.” And like I say to them, “You just don’t get it.” We’re going to be looking to increase the work that we’re doing. And the biggest thing that I like to do is feeding programs.

Sounds like you've obviously been blessed, and now you’re going to turn right around and continue blessing others.

Absolutely. That’s what it’s about.


Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker and Madeline Carroll, Relativity Media’s Machine Gun Preacher releases wide in theaters on Friday, September 30, 2011. For more information, please visit the official movie site here. Machine Gun Preacher is rated R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality.

For more information about the real-life
Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers, and his Angels in East Africa nonprofit organization, please visit his official site here.