A man whose life was the subject of a Hollywood movie starring Gerard Butler will be giving a talk on Thursday April 30.
Sam Childers will be on stage at at the Leighton Buzzard Conference Centre in Grovebury Road ay 7.30pm talking openly about his formative years.
He is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who have been forced to become soldiers.
His life was turned into the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher.
By his early teens Sam was constantly in fist fights and selling hard drugs.
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.
After a wake up call Sam began to live a clean life. In 1998, Sam arrived in the village of Yei, Southern Sudan.
The African nation was in the middle 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.
Thirteen 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, but 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. Entrance is free but tickets guaranteeing admission can be ordered from www.intothelightleighton.co.uk to avoid disappointment.