In 1837 Charles Dickens drew the British public’s attention to the plight of orphans in the book Oliver Twist. Nearly 10 years prior, the seed for the destiny of 19th century orphans in England was planted by Muller.
This Prussian playboy turned Christian at Halle University, now The Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, the famous German seat of Pietist theology, founded in the 17th century. Upon graduating, Muller’s journey led him to England. In December, 1835, Muller asked God to lead him in establishing a childrens home.
Muller had become an example of one living by faith in God in its purest example, and he intended not only to ease the plight of the orphans, but also to demonstrate God’s reality. In Mullers own words: “The first and primary objective of the work was that God might be magnified by the fact that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need, only by prayer and faith, without anyone being asked by me or my fellow labourers, whereby it may be seen that God is faithful still and hears prayers still.”
Muller had, five years earlier, decided to live by relying on God alone, not asking anybody for anything he or his family needed. He discussed with God only his wants and needs, and was prov ided for in God’s perfect way. The orphanages grew to house 2,000 boys and girls at a time, and Muller’s Scriptural Knowledge Institution provided additional educational facilities for children as well as adults, and supported distribution of educational materials and support to missionaries worldwide.
Mullers life is a refreshing example to our generation as it was to his… “A demonstration to the world that there is reality in the things of God.” Muller also traveled extensively during the last 17 years of his life, preaching tours that took him over 200,000 miles and to 42 countries. The George Muller Chartible Trust lives today under the same principles that were used by its founder.