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Answers to Prayer
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Prayer was the vital component of George Mueller's 19th-century ministry to England's orphans. In "Answers to Prayer," Mueller reveals how powerful and spiritually rewarding prayer can be. As shown by the fascinating narrative in "Answers to Prayer," Mueller lived a life of total dependence on God. One of Mueller's chief rules was to never tell others the needs of the orphanages, but only to ask God for help. "Answers to Prayer" is a collection of excerpts, like a journal, describing the wonderful ways in which God did indeed answer Mr. Mueller's prayers by providing for thousands of orphans often on a meal to meal basis for over 40 years. The powerful ways that God did provide are truly touching, with power to encourage other Christians and challenge the skeptical. There isn't a more powerful account of God's faithfulness to His children than "Answers to Prayer," an amazing testimony to the power of prayer in one man's life, that shows how every believer can appropriate the promises of God for themselves.
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George Fredrick Mueller (1805 - 1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of orphanages in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. The work of Mueller and his wife with orphans began in 1836 with the preparation of their own home at 6 Wilson Street, Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses were furnished growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Mueller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. The architect commissioned to draw up the plans asked if he might do so gratuitiously. By 1870, more than 2,000 children were being accommodated in five homes. Through all this, Mueller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over 100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God. Every morning after breakfast there was a time of Bible reading and prayer, and every child was given a Bible upon leaving the orphanage. The children were dressed well and educated - Mueller even employed a school inspector to maintain high standards. In fact, many claimed that nearby factories and mines were unable to obtain enough workers because of his efforts in securing apprenticeships, professional training, and domestic service positions for the children old enough to leave the orphanage. In 1871 an article in The Times stated that since 1836, 23,000 children had been educated in the schools and very many thousands had been educated in other schools at the expense of the orphanage. The article also states that since its origin, 64,000 Bibles, 85,000 Testaments and 29,000,000 religious books had been issued and distributed. Other expenses included the support of 150 missionaries.

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