George Müller cared for 10,000 orphaned children in Bristol during the 19th Century. He never made appeals for money, trusting implicitly in God, he received £1,500,000 in answer to prayer. At present day prices, this would be well over £86,000,000.
“O our God … we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Orphan care spanning three centuries from 1834, through the 19th, 20th and into the 21st Century, bringing prayer and care together to transform lives and shape communities.
The work of George Müller continued after his death. It is amazing that the story of a life that was lived trusting only in God, a life with a deep love for Jesus Christ, is a lasting testimony of a God who cares for us, and who is totally trustworthy. The story is still fresh and challenging today, even though George Müller was born over 200 years ago.
Faith, Care, and Evangelism have been the key principles which have been the common thread over the years in the work of The George Muller Charitable Trust. Most importantly beginning with faith. The caring and evangelistic activity of Müllers flows from the starting point of faith. Without trust in God through Jesus Christ and in His provision in answer to prayer, our activity will be ill founded. The ways in which we do things may change but this godly pattern remains unchanged. We maintain the key principle of seeking money through prayer alone, as fund-raising activities are actively shunned.
The George Müller Charitable Trust, as it became on 1 March 2009, (also affectionately known as Müllers by those who support the work), evolved from the Müller Trust for Children and Families which changed its name and broadened its objectives to incorporate those of the Müller Homes for the Elderly (founded in 1983) and the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad (founded in 1834).
These objectives are:-
1. to advance education;
2. to advance evangelical Christianity in accordance with our Statement of Faith and in a manner consistent with holy scripture, including, insofar as the means are available at any time, through the support of Christian workers and organisations;
3. to advance citizenship or community development, particularly among children and families, young people and the elderly;
4. to relieve those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage or human suffering, including those who are deprived of normal parental care.
Faith: Trusting God for answered prayer for needs without fundraising, or relying on informing others of needs, or applying for grants.
Hope: Seeking opportunities to explain and share the Christian hope with those who are without hope.
Love: Providing strategies to extend Christian love and support unconditionally in the lives of children, families, young people and seniors especially the most needy.
Our Statement of Faith is laid out in a separate document.