George Müller (1805-1898) was a German playboy who found Christ and then gave his life to serve Christ unreservedly. His mission was to rescue orphans from the wretched street life that enslaved so many children in England during the time of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “Oliver Twist.” Müller rescued, cared for, fed, and educated thousands of children. Such great work came at an enormous cost. Yet, amazingly, Muller never asked anyone for money. Instead, he prayed, and the children in his care never missed a meal.
When George Muller died in 1898, he left behind a legacy of serving without ever asking for anything in return. As a young man, his life seemed like it was headed in the opposite direction. Described as a “playboy,” he lived off his father’s wealth and sought only what was gratifying to him in the moment. His life, however, felt empty, and he began searching for deeper meaning. Through a simple prayer meeting he attended with a college friend, Muller found the deeper meaning he was longing for in the Bible and soon committed his life to Jesus Christ.“Robber of the Cruel Streets: The Prayerful Life of George Muller” tells the story of Muller’s life and ministry. This former rebel had no idea in his younger years that he would eventually play a paramount role in transforming his society’s view and treatment of orphans living on the street. As a man of faith, he chose to live meagerly and give the rest of his wealth to benefit the orphans. He relied solely on the Lord for provision and prayerfully petitioned God to meet every need without ever seeking handouts from others. Over the years, his ministry provided shelter, nourishment, education, and love to countless orphaned children in England. The biography of this societal revolutionary serves not only as an example of what can happen when we commit to helping the less fortunate, but also as an example of what can happen when we commit to faith, prayer, and reliance upon the Lord. The Dove Foundation awards “Robber of the Cruel Streets: The Prayerful Life of George Muller” the Faith Friendly Dove Seal of Approval for its inspirational and uplifting message. This is a film the whole family will benefit from watching.