During the time of George Muller there were no computers, no phones, no internet and yet in his lifetime he provided education for over 123,000 orphans in England and personally housed and took care of 10,024 orphans, establishing the very first orphanage in Bristol, England.
George was born in 1805 and died in 1898. He was not born into a Christian home and was, by no means, a Christian growing up. All through his teen life he was known for his lying and the ability to spend other people’s money. He had even spent time in prison, an atmosphere far different from what we have today.
In 1825 all of that changed. He found his way into a prayer meeting and received a true conversion, never to be the same again. In 1832 he moved to Bristol and pastored the same church for 66 years.
He felt very strongly that his calling was to be a missionary, but in the midst of his training became sick and in his recuperation pastored a small church and was married.
By faith Muller supported missionaries, handed out free christian material by the millions, he built five buildings to house 2,000 at a time, and humbly claimed that God answered 50,000 of his requests, of which 30,000 happened the same hour or day of the requests. It is said that there were times that there was no food for the next meal in his orphanage and yet he would sit down to eat, believing that God would provide and He did, never missing a meal.
It is said that God provided over 75,000,000 pounds in his ministry. If I calculated correctly, that would be the equivalent of $1,091,862,000.00 in U.S. That is almost 1.1 billion dollars in his lifetime! And I am squirming to just believe God for $400,000.00 for our church? He never solicited for money nor was he ever in debt. He just prayed and believed with childlike faith. “Lord, forgive me for worrying of our finances.”
Did he miss his calling that he felt that he received at a young age, to be a missionary? By the age of 70, following the death of his wife, he became that missionary and traveled to 42 countries, traveling the equivalency of traveling around the globe 8 times, speaking between 5,000 to 6,000 times to some 3,000,000 people. For many of his ministry travels he was gone for a year at a time. It is said that he read his bible from beginning to end almost 200 times, taking every word by faith.
George Muller walked by faith and never questioned God on his calling. Although he was 70 before he saw his original calling fulfilled, he did not waist his time waiting to be a missionary. He impacted his community and thus, in many regards, impacted the world.
The question is, would he have preached to over 3,000,000 in so many countries after age 70 if he had just waited for his “true” calling? What are you waiting for?
You can find more about this man of faith at http://www.mullers.org/cm, a website by the Muller Foundation.