It's hard to believe that last year's winner (the first American) of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice would be the subject of a federal investigation. But that's exactly what happened recently to the man known as "The Machine Gun Preacher."
Last week, as Pastor Sam Childers was busy rescuing South Sudan civil war orphans, FBI agents were raiding his home and ministry headquarters in Somerset County, Pa.
Childers says they drew their guns and then proceeded to pillage through a shipping container of clothing searching for arms allegedly being smuggled to Africa. Problem is, there were no guns.
Childers says it's crazy to suggest he's a gun runner; he's just a preacher called to help orphaned East African kids. He blames his former son-in-law who is currently in a lot of "hot water" for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Childer's Angels of East Africa ministry.
I first met Childers a decade ago when I profiled him and his orphanage in my 2005 CBN News report about the LRA:
The FBI office in Pittsburgh has yet to respond to my telephone inquiry asking for the Fed's perspective of the raid.
In the meantime, watch and listen to Childer's comments via telephone from Nimule, South Sudan: