Biker-turned-activist gets Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice
The award instituted by an NGO, the Harmony Foundation, felicitates individuals who have channeled energy and creativity towards furthering social justice, continuing the legacy of Mother Teresa.
Sam Childers, a biker-turned-activist fighting to free child soldiers in Africa, was conferred the 2013 Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice on Monday in Mumbai.
The award instituted by an NGO, the Harmony Foundation, felicitates individuals who have channelled energy and creativity towards furthering social justice, continuing the legacy of Mother Teresa.
Childers led a life of drugs and violence, which he left to embrace Christianity. For the past 13 years, he has waged a war to free enslaved child soldiers in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.
"This award belongs to the thousands of children in war-struck Sudan, and in many other parts of the world, who live a daily life with the constant fear and threat of attacks. I thank the Harmony Foundation for this honour," said Childers, a Pennsylvania native, accepting the honour.
"Never put limits on what we can do for the life of a child," said Childers. "Often I am told that I am violent, which is not true, but I cannot accept or believe that innocent children should be dismembered, have their ears, noses, arms and legs cut off."
Known by his nickname, Machine Gun Preacher, Childers said, "Blessed Mother Teresa was an amazing lady, and I admire her courage. Even though she was 'hacked' on a lot, she never stepped down from her mission because of her thirst for Christ. In fact, "I follow her example," he said adding, "Do not limit what you can do for God, and He will not limit what he will do for you."
The Harmony Foundation was founded in October 2005 to establish communal harmony between various communities, castes and work towards the benefit of all the communities without any discrimination as to religion, caste, creed, gender or region. It works to ensure that social justice prevails in the society in these troubled times.
The Foundation "strives to restore belief in compassion and egalitarianism," said Abraham Mathai, founder and president of the association. "By acknowledging individuals and organisations working for society, we hope to highlight and reinstate faith in tolerance, social equality and peace!"