Timeline• William Tyndale 1494 – 1536• John Wesley 1703 – 1791• George Mueller 1805 – 1898• Amy Carmichael 1867 - 1951
ChildAs a child George Mueller was:• A liar• A stealer• A gambler• He stole from his own Father
Teenage years• George Mueller’s Mother died when he was 14 years old and so his Father looked after him.• He ended up in jail aged 16• After George’s Father paid to have him released from jail he decided he was going to send George to University to learn to work in a church as a clergyman• Through university George was very naughty and stole money and gambled• He would go and stay in fancy motels and then escape out the window and not pay
Friend• George had a friend who was a christian and he invited George to a bible study, after a bible study George believed in God
God Opened his eyes• After graduating from university George started his orphan ministry• He only had 50 cents but God turned that into 75,000,000 pounds through prayer alone• George never asked anyone for anything or told anyone what the needs were for the orphans – he only told God!• There were times when there was no food – so George Mueller prayed and God provided• One day all the children stood around tables set with plates but no food and George Mueller said grace and thanked God for the food and….
God opened his eyes……• There was a knock on the door – a baker couldn’t sleep as he thought the orphans would need some bread for breakfast• Another day again George Mueller thanked God for the food and there was a knock at the door – a milkman’s cart had a broken wheel and he wanted to give the orphans the milk as he needed to unload the cart to fix the wheel• God is good!
Orphan Houses in Bristol
A life of prayer……• Muellers faith in God strengthened day by day and he spent hours in daily prayer and Bible reading.- indeed, it was his practice, in later years, to read through the entire Bible four times a year• George Mueller kept a diary of• What he was praying for and asked• God for 50,000 requests, 5,000• Were answered on the same day!• He prayed for 5 friends to become• Christians and the last friend did• At his funeral!
Family• Mary Mueller Susannah Mueller• (two children)
Highlights• George started 117 schools which educated over 120,000 children and orphans• He started 5 orphanages which had taken care of 10,000 orphans• He had given away 282,000 bibles and 1,500,000 New Testaments and 112,000,000 tracts and pamphlets• He pastored churches/gave money to missionaries including well-known missionary Hudson Taylor• When George Mueller turned 70 he felt he should travel and preach all around the world (travelling 200,000 kilometres by boat) and he did this for 17 years• He was one of the founding members of the Brethren Church• Most importantly he was known as a ‘man of prayer’
Today• Fostering children into homes was seen as the best option so the orphanages were closed down• Mueller Foundation opened day care centres• Old Folk Homes (some of the oldies in them were in the orphanages)• Money is given to missionaries• In 1998 (100 years after his death) the organisation that he started gave over $400,000 to missionaries!