Grow: George Muller (May Missionary Series)
I am always encouraged when I read biographies of women and men who have lived lives of faithfulness, deep trust, and courage in their walks with God. Their stories inspire me to more faithfully live out the calling that God has placed on me and my family’s life. This month we are highlighting a few missionaries who are known for these characteristics. All of the missionaries we are sharing about have lived or are living in counties other than our own. We do this not because we want to lift up the life of an overseas missionary as a higher calling, but because most of the missionaries who have biographies written about them are ones who lived and labored overseas. Hopefully this series can be an encouragement to us as we live faithfully wherever God has planted us in a way that deeply trusts God and extravagantly loves those around us.
2 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Care for Orphans and Praying for Daily Needs
Resources for Teaching our Kids about George Muller
1. Books, Websites, Articles
Christianity Today’s quick biography sketch: George Muller, Orphanages Built By Prayer
George Muller The Children’s Champion (good for later elementary/junior high)
Photos of the orphanages in Bristol
A few free books, from Project Gutenberg
The Autobiography of George Muller
I just got this in the mail and it is great! The length of the book and the sentence structure is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary. This story tells of Muller’s life- from his stormy childhood to his salvation experience and onto working in orphanages and losing one of their own children. This story draws out the theme of trust in God for everything. The illustrations are colorful and the book is hardbound and quality. Asante and Aly really enjoyed reading it! **
For teenagers or adults, here’s an hour documentary called Robber of the Cruel Streets.
3. Role Playing
I think it’d be fun to role play the story of breakfast at the orphanage with the whole family. Perhaps it could done at breakfast, with the kids sitting around the table, waiting for the parent to serve them breakfast. One adult could be the narrator, the other parent could be the “baker” and “milkman” (have her/him waiting outside with some muffins and milk as the kids come down for breakfast). Have the kids sit around the table, the parent inside explain what they were going to do, and then act out the story.
4. Related topics to talk about in when talking about Muller
Spend time praying for kids who have no mom and dad.
Include your kids in “daily needs” prayers.
Have your kids lead prayer time.
When a kid (no matter how small!) is worried or anxious, lead them to prayer.
God doesn’t want us to treat someone better than another person because of how much money they have, where they live, where they’re from, or who they know (or don’t know). God wants us to love everyone in a way that shows respect to all people.
Those who were led to help the Mullers with the orphanages practiced generosity. They heard the Spirit speak to them, and then obeyed. A fun question to ask- what would have happened if they hadn’t obeyed? When we are blessed with resources, it’s always so that we can bless others as well. How can we bless others today with our money and time?
While God doesn’t promise food three times a day or a roof over our heads, He does ask us to trust Him. He is enough, He cares deeply for us, and that He will take care of us. In what ways is it hard for each of us to trust God? Let’s remember a time when we practiced trusting God even if we didn’t want to or it was hard.
Obedience to Calling:
God primary call for all of us is to become more like Jesus. After this, He calls us to do and work and live in different jobs, places, and people groups. Sometimes we’re called to a task or place that is uncomfortable to us, or we feel like we don’t have the resources we need to do the job He has asked us to do. But God asks us to take the next step of obedience to that calling, no matter what. It might be fun for the parent to share with the child a time when we have stepped out in a calling, even if it was challenging or scary. How did it turn out? Maybe even share a time when it didn’t really work out that well. What did God teach you through that?
For older kids, you could have them research and create some sort of lapbook. Mater Magistra had her kids do one back in 2007 and she has some good ideas to get your brain going.
Any guesses on who next Friday’s missionary will be? Here’s a hint: This person served in India.
** Thank you, Christian Focus Publications, for your generosity in sending me this copy to review!