George Mueller was born and raised in Prussia and
lived a life of sin and crime even while studying for the ministry of the
State Church. He was converted at a prayer meeting in a private home and
from that time on his life was changed. He moved to England and there sought
acceptance by the London Missionary Society as a missionary to the Orient.
Upon being rejected, he began to preach and to minister wherever the Lord
opened the door.
This led him to Bristol, where, in 1834, he founded
the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. One year later,
he opened his first orphans' home for 26 girls with no financial assistance.
By 1870 he had built five orphans' homes, and by prayer and faith in God
was feeding 2100 orphans daily. He solicited no one and told only the Lord
of the daily needs. Only born again Christians were accepted for service in
the Institution, and their care of the orphans was spiritual as well as material.
Many of the children were won to Christ each year.
The Scriptural Knowledge Institution also was instrumental in sending
missionaries, Bibles, and Gospel literature around the world. The various
schools operated by the Institution matriculated over 121,000 students with
thousands of them receiving Christ while there. The Institution distributed
almost 300,000 Bibles in many different languages. In addition to one and
one-half million New Testaments, 163 missionaries were sent out and/or supported,
and over 111,000,000 tracts were distributed. In all, God poured out in response
to the faith and prayers of George Mueller in a period of 63 years over $7,500,000.00,
which he wisely and prayerfully distributed in the spreading of the Gospel.
Mueller read the Bible through over 200 times, half of that on his knees,
where he claimed the promise, "Open wide thy mouth, and I will fill it." He
spent his last 17 years touring the world, telling of the blessing of a life
of faith. He died at the age of 93, leaving an estate valued at less than
one thousand dollars, for he had given back to the Institute almost one-half
million dollars of the personal gifts he had received during 70 years of ministry.