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Mary Mueller Stood by George Every Step of the Way
In Christian circles, George Mueller is well-known for the faith which led him to open orphanages although he couldn't say where his next penny would come from. But we must not forget that for forty years his wife Mary Groves Mueller trusted God right alongside him. She was in complete agreement with his decision to take no fixed salary and with the plan to open
orphanages. She suffered with him when all but one of their own children died. In 1870, seventy-three-year old Mary caught cold and did not
recover as expected. It turned out she had rheumatic fever. As her condition worsened, George spoon-fed her a little beef bullion or wine every hour, praying with her each time he did so. Once he had to leave her for another commitment. When he promised to be back as soon as he could, she replied confidently, "You leave me with Jesus." On this day, Sunday, February 6, 1870, Mary Mueller struggled to say something to her husband but could not. As George watched over her, her eyes
became fixed and she died.
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One cold, dreary day as the young Amy, her mother and brothers left church, Amy saw something that changed her life. An old beggar woman came staggering out of the alley. Her clothes were torn and mud soaked rags covered her feet. Amy felt sorry for the woman. She and her brother helped the old woman down the alley. When she saw other people from church pass by them, she was embarrassed to be seen with the woman and hid her face. As she continued to walk with the beggar, Amy noticed a fountain in the center of the road. She studied it closely. Then she heard a voice say, "Gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and straw -- the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If the foundation survives, he will receive the reward." She turned to see who was speaking, but saw no one. Amy knew that she appeared kind by helping the old woman, but she knew her heart was wrong. From that moment on, she decided to hold her head high. She was no longer embarrassed. When she got home, she searched the bible and found the words she had heard. Amy knelt by her bed and promised God that in the future she would only do things to please him.
Another time she and her mother stopped to have tea and biscuits in a restaurant. As they ate, Amy saw a dirty little beggar girl with her nose pressed against the window. The poor little girl, with no food, touched Amy so much that she made another promise. She promised that when she grew up she would give her money to the poor.
Amy became very excited about doing what God wanted her to do. On Saturday evenings, she would go with her pastor to the poor neighborhoods to hand out tracts and food to the poor people known as Shawlies. The Shawlies made so little money that they could not afford hats so they used their shawls to protect their heads from the cold. They were eager to learn about God. Amy's heart went out to them. She moved into their neighborhood and slept in bug-infested beds to be closer to the people. She prayed about building a church for them to attend but didn't know where she would get money for such a large job? She did not want to ask the rich people in her old church who didn't seem to care about the Shawlies. Instead she and the Shawlies asked God to provide it. God answered their prayers and a new church was built.
Time to Move On
Amy began to sense that God wanted her to tell people in other countries about him. There was one problem though. Amy had an illness that made her so sick she had to stay in bed days at a time. Despite her health, she knew she must obey God.
Life In India
Amy traveled the India countryside telling anyone who would listen about Christ.
One day Preena, a little Indian girl, was collecting water for the temple near where Amy was speaking. Preena stopped to listen as Amy told the ladies about her God who loved everybody the same. He did not put people in different classes as the Indian caste system did. Preena was very interested in what Amy was saying but knew she must not be seen listening to the stranger. She tucked Amy's words into her memory and hurried back to the temple.
Indian girls were often unwanted and were given to the temple to serve as prostitutes. Because of this, when Preena arrived at Amy's door, Amy knew she could not send her back. The little girl would be beaten, even killed, if she were returned. Amy could have been charged with kidnapping and thrown into prison. But it was a chance she was willing to take.
Over the 50 years she spent in India, Amy took in hundreds of unwanted children. She became known as Amma or mother to them.
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A couple of excerpts:
"During her life (1807-1874) Palmer spoke to over 100,000 people about Jesus and sparked a revival that brought nearly a million people into the church. Her influential theology paved the way for such modern holiness denominations as the Church of the Nazarene and the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), and for Pentecostalism as well."
"Palmer's emphasis on holiness helped to remind Christians of their high calling when revivalism had flooded the church with people who were comfortable to live a merely social Christianityholiness leaders would have said, were only "half converted." She also civilized and systematized the methods of frontier Methodist revivalism, especially the Methodist emphasis on lay ministry. The famed evangelist Charles Grandison Finney had spoken of the role of the laity in revivals, but Palmer was the first to organize their labors effectively in a city-wide effort. Her emphasis on the role of the laity helped prepare laypeople to play a major role in urban revivalism. Palmer's practice was one of the factors that transformed revivalism from Finney's clergy-centered campaigns in small towns to Moody's lay-oriented crusades in large cities."
A most interesting and full article:
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