The Difference-Making Factor in all Human Endeavour
It is important to understand that God is the difference maker in all things on the earth. God rules in the affairs of men. Except we acknowledge God in all our ways the best of our efforts may end up in frustration.
The most critical point in all our discussion is to focus on God and believe Him to lead us in dealing with the children under our care. He is the One who is able to crown all our efforts with outstanding results. Practicing principles without acknowledging God is like running a car with engine oil. The car will soon grind to a halt without your consent. God created us, created the principles and He is the irresistible force behind the principles we seek to operate. Please banish from your mind secularism.
I pity free thinkers. There are no free zones in our world. Every zone is already occupied. Nature does not allow vacuum. Every zone is either occupied by the forces of the light or the forces of darkness. Depending on the camp you belong you are either fighting the battle of alignment or the battle of displacement.
When we oversee the affairs of the lives of children, we must understand that we need the wisdom of God above all things to make a difference in the lives of the children. I hope we know that for every child we meet, we are either part of their problem or part of their solution. Also note that the majority of the people the child will meet are programmed to add to his or her problem.
Therefore for you to stand out, you need to trust God. Your desire as you focus on God will be two. Yes, just two. The first is to believe God for wisdom to lead the children aright and the second is to believe God to defend them against any form of attack from the enemy, visible and invisible.
This point cannot be overemphasized, it is the operating tool of all the principles we have shared here.
Meet our Model
George Muller, who combined compassion, passion, sense of mission and above all total trust in God to care for 10,024 orphans in his life.He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.
The work of Müller and his wife with orphans began in 1836 with the preparation of their own home at 6 Wilson Street, Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses in Wilson Street were furnished; growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Müller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. The architect commissioned to draw up the plans asked if he might do so gratuitously. By 26 May 1870, 1,722 children were being accommodated in five homes, although there was room for 2,050 (No 1 House – 300, No 2 House – 400, Nos 3, 4 and 5 – 450 each). By the following year, there were 280 orphans in No 1 House, 356 in No 2, 450 in Nos 3 and 4, and 309 in No 5 House.
Through all this, Müller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over £100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God. For example, on one well-documented occasion, they gave thanks for breakfast when all the children were sitting at the table, even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone, and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage.
Every morning after breakfast there was a time of Bible reading and prayer, and every child was given a Bible upon leaving the orphanage, together with a tin trunk containing two changes of clothing. The children were dressed well and educated – Müller even employed a schools inspector to maintain high standards.
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