It's missions week at our church and yesterday morning, the younger boys and I went down to hear a Wycliffe Bible Translators missionary talk about the work that organization does, so naturally missionaries were on my mind.
George Müller is one of my favorite missionaries from history. He was a missionary from Prussia to England. He is best known for starting and running the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol England, a model orphanage that took in over 10,000 orphans in over five large houses during Müller's lifetime. He also established a string of 117 schools, benefiting hundreds of thousands more.
His orphanage was so well run that at times he was accused of raising the welfare of orphans beyond their "natural station."
Boys from Müller's orphanage loading potatoes in 1925
Amazingly, he accomplished this amazing feat without having ever asked for money or donations. He would pray about his needs and allow God to provide.