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If people need money in the twenty-first century, they earn it. Or, they get a bank loan. Ministries tell supporters of their needs or use fundraising campaigns and marketing. Is it any wonder that, in this self-sufficient culture, people have a hard time connecting with a God they don’t seem to need?
Robber of the Cruel Streets: The Prayerful Life of George Müller is a compelling documentary that tells the true story of a man who lived in a culture which had the same problem. While many people went to church in nineteenth-century Europe, good Sunday attendance was their definition of Christianity. God obviously did not care about their day-to-day concerns, since He allowed suffering to continue.
German immigrant George Müller had a different idea. Where others saw the absence of God, Müller saw the chance to make Him known. Struck by the wretched situation of England’s street children, Müller could not ignore God’s leading to start a shelter for them. Never mind that Müller had no money. He and his wife had already lived for years by “the faith principle,” relying completely on God to fulfill all their needs. Through fervent prayer and Bible study, Müller developed an unshakable faith in God that enabled him to save thousands of children and positively impact the world.
In this telling of Müller’s remarkable story, Robber mixes dramatization with narrative segments to achieve an entertaining balance of story and history. As a result, even those who are knowledgeable about Müller may be touched as they have never been by this film. Thanks to high production values, Robber is not the account of a distant historical figure, but rather a true story that will challenge and inspire viewers in unexpected ways.
In addition, viewers with only a common knowledge of Müller will be surprised by a few lesser-known facts Robber reveals. One important revelation is that Müller was not always the rather saintly individual he seems to be when sheltering children. Before his conversion to Christianity, Müller was a philandering playboy who stole money from his family and friends—an ironic beginning for a man who would later pray to God for finances.
Another crucial fact is that, while Müller wanted to help impoverished children, he had in mind a greater purpose when he started a home to be run by faith alone. He hoped that his efforts would show the real involvement and tender mercies of God in Christians’ lives. Müller wanted to remind a stagnant church community that the Bible’s promises are true and that God can be trusted to provide all that His children need.
Showing the world the truth of Scripture and faithfulness of our powerful God is not just Müller’s calling. It is the calling of every Christian. Wondering how to fulfill that calling? Watch closely—Robber of the Cruel Streets has the answer.
“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (ESV)
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Amy Carmichael: Mother to the Motherless (Christian History Institute, 2011)
Dr. David Livingston: Missionary Explorer to Africa (Gary Wilkinson, 2011)
Dispatches from the Front (Frontline Missions International, 2009)
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