Do we realize the impact our prayers, petitions and actions will have on the lives of others, especially during this time? Until we finally make our home in heaven, we won’t fully appreciate how our prayers have touched and impacted the lives of others. The key is in not giving up on our prayers.
A few years ago, while staying at a host home after one of my performances, I was surprised to find out that one of their grandfathers was actually a Muller orphan.
Wow! What an incredible coincidence.
In 2011 I’d researched the life of the Reverend George Muller (pronounced Mueller) and his wife, Mary, and the orphan home they and their church started over 180 years ago. I was so excited about their story that I had to bring it to life for the Church today.
My hosts were just as excited about the Muller’s story too, because their family tree would probably look a lot different if it hadn’t been for the Muller Orphan Homes.
Back in 1835, a cholera epidemic had broken out in the city of Bristol, England. Children were roaming the streets, having lost parents to the disease. The Mullers began praying about opening a home for children. At the time there was no child care or foster homes, just work houses (think Oliver Twist). I doubt they realized the incredible impact their prayers and actions were going to have for generations to come.
I doubt we understand the full impact our prayers and actions have on others, either!
My host’s grandfather’s name was Frederick George Nudd and he was born in the county of Norfolk, England in 1883. He lost both his father and mother to sickness. Frederick had become an orphan. An aunt was caring for him, but she had a husband who was paralyzed and was having her own health issues. A Baptist minister wrote the Muller Orphan Homes, outside of Bristol, England, petitioning them to take in seven-year-old Frederick.
There was no room!
SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS WITH PRAYER
The year was 1890 and it had been fifty-four years of praying, trusting and waiting upon the Lord’s provision. The Muller Orphan Homes grew from one house for girls in Bristol, to three more homes along Wilson Street, to five much larger buildings outside the city at Ashley Downs.
Each one provided clean clothes, individual beds, three meals a day, school instruction and spiritual training for between 300-450 orphans! They also helped boys (aged 14) get apprenticeships and girls (aged 17) find positions in service or teaching, before they left the homes.
There was a waiting list for children from all over England.
The minister didn’t give up. He continued to write to the Mullers on the boy’s behalf, determined it was the best place for him. Everyone in England knew the children received the best of care, both physically and spiritually. The minister would have known the homes were filled with caring, faith-filled staff and volunteers.
Since the very first orphan home on Wilson Street, the Mullers and staff had learned about the power of prayer. They never held fundraisers or let others know about their needs. The Reverend Muller felt strongly that the homes were to be a testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of a God who hears and answers the prayers of His people. As they prayed and made known their needs to the Lord, He moved on the hearts of people to meet that need.
THE NEED TO MAKE PETITION
Back to little Frederick.
The pastor petitioned the Muller Orphan Homes again, stating that Frederick had little hope without their help. Could they please take him in?
After four months of writing letters, a bed was available.
Seven-year-old Frederick and his aunt were received by George Muller himself. Muller was 85 years and still going strong, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world, preaching about the faithfulness of God encouraging churches to trust in the promises found in His Word.
Frederick lived in in House #4 (see above image) and was cared for, given an education and at fourteen became an apprentice to a saddle maker (saddler). He also left the Muller Orphan Home with two changes of clothes, his own Bible and Jesus in his heart.
By the age of twenty-two Frederick George Nudd boarded a steamer for Canada. He got married, had five children and eventually settled in Banff, Alberta becoming the first pastor of the Banff Full Gospel Church.
Now generations of Nudds are serving the Lord in active ministry. (Grandson, Fred Nudd and wife, Selma with a picture of Grandpa Frederick George Nudd)
What would have happened to little Frederick if that pastor had stopped petitioning on his behalf? Or, if the Muller’s, and others, stopped praying for the children under their care? Or, for God’s continual provision for them?
CHARLES SPURGEON COMMENTS ON MULLER
“When I was conversing lately with our dear friend, George Muller, he frequently astonished me with the way in which he mentioned that he had for so many months and years asked for such and such a mercy, and praised the Lord for it, as though he actually obtained it. Even in praying for the conversion of a person, as soon as he had begun to intercede, he began also to praise God for the conversion of that person. I think he told us he had in one instance he had already prayed for thirty years and the work was not yet done, yet all the while he had gone on thanking God, because he knew the prayer would be answered.”~ C.H. Spurgeon
What (or who) have you stopped praying and believing God for? Don’t give up!
Check out www.muller.org or my webpage https://actingupdrama.ca/an-orphans-christmas-the-story-of-george-muller/