Witness of Faith
“Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down.” Hebrews 12:1
George Ferdinand Müller, born Sept. 27, 1805, started life with less than a Christian lifestyle. However, by the end of his life, he helped over 10,000 orphans that walked the streets of London.
In 1825 God drew George to himself, and George became a man of faith and a man of prayer. He didn’t go to Bible college or seminary like most pastors. He educated himself by opening his Bible, reading it and praying. He spent hours praying and hours considering what the Bible had to say.
As he read the Bible, he believed what it said and started practicing it.
In his mid 20s he was asked to pastor a church. There were several things the church did that he saw as unbiblical.
One was a pew tax, and he sought to get rid of it. This tax allowed the people who gave more tax to sit closer to the front, leaving the poor to sit farther back. He was questioned on how he would be paid if there were no pew taxes.
George replied, “God said he will supply all our needs, and I am sure he will take care of me and my wife.” And God did take care of them. They didn’t have much, but God always took care of them.
George Müller saw a need to care for the thousands of orphans that were living in the streets of England. One estimate was that there were 250,000 orphans in England’s streets. In his neighborhood some 100-plus kids played in the streets, begged, stole and created a nuisance to many who lived there.
George believed God wanted him to care for these children. He housed them, fed them and taught them. He made sure they knew what the Bible said.
George believed he should never ask for money, never do any type of fundraising or do any other type of campaign to raise funds. He trusted God to supply all his needs and the needs of the children.
George built five different homes for the orphans and never asked for a penny. He found a seven-acre plot where he could build his orphanages. However, the price was more than he had at 200 pounds per acre. He prayed, and God answered.
One day the owner of the land came and said he would sell George the land for 120 pounds per acre. As a result, he was able to house approximately 2,500 orphans at a time. All this because he trusted God to be who he said he was.
George Müller was a witness of faith in God to fulfill his promises. May we have such faith.