The kids and I are almost finished reading a biography of George Mueller's life in preparation for the play we're putting on with our homeschool co-op. Yesterday we read that Charles Dickens once visited the orphanage at Ashley Downs. He'd heard rumors that the orphanage was a terrible place where the children were treated like slaves and decided to investigate. George Mueller gave Mr. Dickens a set of keys and sent him off with an assistant, who was told to open any door that Mr. Dickens requested. Three hours later, the assistant returned with Charles Dickens, who was so satisfied and impressed with what he saw that he promised to write an article for publication to help dispel the false rumors.
At one point, when the orphanage was in need of yet another expansion, Mueller wrote in his journal:
"The greatness of the sum required affords me a kind of secret joy; for the greater the difficulty to be overcome, the more will it be seen to the glory of God how much can be done by prayer and faith."The kids and I have really enjoyed reading YWAM missionary biographies aloud together. I highly recommend them.