ALTON - As a guest of Ted's of Alton, Sam Childers, better known as "The Machine Gun Preacher," brought a very special Jesse James West Coast Chopper for people to see up close Monday.
The custom-built Diablo II bike, estimated to be worth $300,000, is being raffled off to support Childers' efforts to rescue Sudanese and Ugandan children from war-torn regions and place them in a secure environment.
"I'm a preacher, and I wasn't always one," said Childers, who has devoted the last 12 years to this cause. "I've been a Christian since 1992. Before then, most people wouldn't want to know me too much."
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