Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

Sam Childers, ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ says federal agents ‘totally destroyed’ shipment of children’s clothes during raid

In response to an accusation of gun smuggling, a shipment to Sudan was intercepted by federal agents last week. Monday the recipient of that shipment vocalized his frustration and details – that person is Sam Childers aka The Machine Gun Preacher.

Sam Childers Machine Gun Preacher photo FacebookChilders told WJAC-TV over the phone that the federal agents “went into a container that was packed and ready to come to the orphanage and totally destroyed it…I mean, destroyed it, and what’s so sad is that it was all children’s clothes.”

According to WJAC-TV, the FBI said they couldn’t elaborate on why they conducted the raid or comment on a pending investigation, but Childers believes that the raid came as a result of false allegations made by a former son-in-law that Childers is smuggling firearms out of the U.S. – a claim Childers vehemently denies.

“This guy is in a lot of problems so what he’s been doing is he’s been telling the FBI that I’m smuggling guns and that I’m misusing funds,” Childers said. “To start with, it’s all lies and I’m telling everyone we’ve got nothing to hide.”

“I don’t have anything to hide, I mean, me smuggling guns? Come on, be for real,” he continued. “What of guns am I going to smuggle over here for a war? A deer rifle? That’s stupid.”

One of the charity’s volunteers added that the only person the feds are hurting are the children.

“They’re hurting the kids. This stuff is sent from all over the world and people’s hearts and they just come in and just treat it like it’s garbage,” Kim Growden told WJAC-TV. “When you do God’s work you have to you know, I’ll just start all over. That’s all I can do. It’s not for me or for us, it’s for the kids.”

Gerard Butler portrayed Childers in the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher detailing his call to missionary work in dangerous parts of Africa.


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