by Dana Rongione
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George Mueller was born in Kroppenstaedt, Prussia on September 27, 1805. Little is known about his youth except that he was very rebellious. When he was in his teens, he was imprisoned for theft. His father longed so much for him to be a preacher, but after this incident, he lost all hope.
After getting out of high school, George was accepted to be a divinity student at the Lutheran Church of Germany. Since this was part of his father’s wish, George decided that he would make his father happy, but divinity student or not, he would do as he pleased.
One day while at a bar in Nordhausen, he met another divinity student named Beta. As they talked, they discovered that they had a lot in common and became fast friends. George asked Beta to join him again at the bar the next night. In a embarrassed tone, Beta told him that he could not make that appointment because he had other plans—to go to a prayer meeting. Beta quickly asked George if he would like to go with him. Thinking what a good laugh it would be, George agreed.
When they arrived at the prayer meeting, George was ready for a good time, but something happened. When the meeting began and the men knelt before God, the Holy Spirit began to speak to George. Throughout the meeting, George could not get that “feeling” off his heart and mind. When he arrived home that night, he got down on his knees before God and surrendered his life completely.
As time went by, George grew in Christ. He learned many things from his studies at school and from the weekly prayer meetings. One day God spoke to his heart and told him that he wanted him to be a missionary. George was thrilled at this and immediately began his preparation. He continued his studies at the Lutheran College and began taking courses to learn other languages. Before long, his studies were complete.
After wandering around from country to country trying to find out where God wanted him, George met a lady named Mary Groves. After spending several months together, they married, and George continued to look for his place in this life. Conditions were difficult for the two of them. There was very little money and even less time to spend with each other, yet they kept faith in God and asked Him to meet their needs. Finally, after a long search, God revealed to George that He wanted him to start an orphanage in Bristol, England.
With much excitement, George began working on the orphanage immediately. He found architects, land, and children, but no money. Mary suggested that he should ask the people of the churches for the money. George responded, “No, I cannot. I promised God that I would ask of no man, only Him.” George stayed true to his word, and God provided the money.
After the first orphanage was built, God pressed George’s heart to build another one. Years later, there were two orphanages, yet God asked George to keep building. In the end, there were 2,000 children living in the five orphanages that George had built. God had provided the money, the materials, and the children for each of them.
A couple of years later, Mary died; and George, at the age of 66, decided to remarry. After seeing that the orphanages were in good hands, he took off for great missionary journeys to Europe, Asia, and America. He went strong until he was 88 years old and could no longer go on. He died five years later.
George Mueller was a great man of God, but more than that, he was a great man of faith. He believed that if something is God’s will, He will work it out. There is a lot to be learned from this man of faith and patience. Praise the Lord for good missionaries who change the world for so many and never think of themselves.
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Well written, Dana. George Mueller showed us all what faith is really about. There are at least two books on George's life. If you (our readers) can get one it will really inspire you.