Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Muller's Boys and Girls

What a thrill to visit the George Muller Foundation office in Bristol, England recently and to be shown the original intake records when the boys and girls came to the orphanage.

Julian Marsh, the Executive Director of the Foundation, took me to the vault where records are kept and showed me the original book where George Muller himself recorded in his own handwriting the particulars concerning the first orphan who came to him.

Records are kept of all the thousands of boys and girls who subsequently came to the Muller orphanages.

I can only imagine the stories behind some of these dear children who were provided for by a sovereign God and His servant, George Muller. Here are a couple of pictures of some of the children in Muller's care. Everyone's name was recorded and, praise God, many of their names are in the Lamb's Book of Life as a result of their stay at Mullers and their commitment to Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Disrepair But He's Not There!

On Monday afternoon when Julian Marsh, Executive Director of the George Muller Foundation, drove me to Arno's Vale Cemetery in Bristol to view George Muller's grave he warned me that this burial grounds had fallen into serious disrepair (see photo) and is being restored. Julian told me ahead of time to lessen the shock of seeing huge trees growing up through old grave and tombstones broken and toppled over. It was like walking through a graveyard on a dreary, rainy Hallowe'en night.

We walked down a muddy incline to Mr. Muller's grave. The area around his tombstone and those of his first and second wife was kept up...thanks for the efforts of the Foundation.

Seeing Arno's Vale reminded me afresh that it's only the decaying body of the Christian believer that is placed in these cemeteries. Our spirits are "absent from the body, present with the Lord".

Thank you, Julian, for taking me to Arno's Vale and for the wonderful hospitality and love you extended to me during my visit.

I look forward to a future day when I can ask George Muller about his life of faith and obedience. My first priority, though, will be to stand before Jesus and fall at His feet in grateful adoration for loving me and saving me.

What a day that will be!

Monday, March 05, 2007

My Long-Awaited Visit To Bristol

Wow! This morning (Monday) I took a taxi from my beautiful bed & breakfast home to the site of the five (5) Muller homes where thousands of orphans were cared for in a bygone day. What a thrill when the first building came into view! I've waited over 50 years to see those five gray, architectural masterpieces. These were state of the art buildings when there were erected in the 1800's. The City of Bristol College is now using the buildings. My taxi driver knew nothing of George Muller and neither did the receptionist in the college. I was quick to tell of his work and God's faithfulness!

They are renovating some of the buildings and I got a piece of stone from the corner of a building and another piece from a stone fence. I'll proudly display them in my office when I get home.

In the afternoon I was royally hosted at the Muller House at 7 Cotham Park by the Executive Director of the Muller Foundation, Julian Marsh, and his assistant, Wendy Clacker. What a joy to speak with them about the legacy that Mr. Muller left for the rest of the Body of Christ!
Julian and I spoke for a long time about God's faithfulness and His provision. I'll relate a story later (perhaps on my George Muller site) that Julian shared with me. It will thrill your heart. Julian gave me a wonderful tour of Bristol and took my to Arno's Vale Cemetary where George Muller was laid to rest.

Thanks so much Julian, Wendy and Liz. My visit was unforgettable!