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'Machine Gun Preacher' Wins Mother Teresa Award

Controversial Sam Childers becomes first American to join ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama.
'Machine Gun Preacher' Wins Mother Teresa AwardKevin Evans for PRNewsFoto/The Harmony Foundation

The controversial "Machine Gun Preacher" has joined the ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama in receiving a top award from an Indian charity that eulogizes Mother Teresa.

On Sunday, Sam Childers became the first American to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice. The Mumbai-based Harmony Foundation, the "only institution bearing the endorsement of the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa," bestowed the humanitarian award on Childers for rescuing abducted children from the Lord's Resistance Army, according to a press release.

Childers, who invokes an Old Testament-style God, claims Mother Teresa as his role model. "Her life story has moved me immensely," he told India.com partner DNA. "I will consider my life a success if I can do even a fraction of the good work she has done for humanity."

"I follow her example," he told AsiaNews. "Do not limit what you can do for God, and He will not limit what he will do for you."

CT investigated at length how Childers was "under heavy fire" for allegedly neglecting nearly 150 children at his Angels of East Africa orphanage in South Sudan, as well as other questions about his autobiography. (Childers defended himself against all charges.) CT later noted when a relative confessed to stealing money from Childers's charity.

CT also reviewed Machine Gun Preacher, a movie based on Childers's exploits that was gunned down at the box office.

Posted:October 28, 2013 at 1:59PM
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'Machine Gun Preacher' Wins Mother Teresa Award