Pritchard's judgment was, viz., that the malady was rheumatic fever, I naturally expected the worst. I said to myself, with regard to the latter part, “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”—I am in myself a poor worthless sinner, but I have been saved by the blood of Christ; and I do not live in sin, I walk uprightly before God. And all this springs, as I have often said before, from taking God at his word, believing what he says.Therefore, if it is really good for me, my darling wife will be raised up again; sick as she is. But if she is not restored again, then it would not be a good thing for me. Here is the cluster of unshakable convictions and experiences that are the key to this remarkable life.
From the end of his travels in 1892 (when he was 87) until his death in March of 1898 he preached in his church and worked for the Scripture Knowledge Institute. His daughter Lydia married James Wright who succeeded Mueller as the head of the Institute. Five years later Mueller lost his second wife, just three years before he died.But his eccentricities were almost all large-hearted and directed outward for the good of others. He built five large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 orphans in his life.When he started in 1834 there were accommodations for 3,600 orphans in all of England and twice that many children under eight were in prison.His father was an unbeliever and George grew up a liar and a thief, by his own testimony.He went on living a bawdy life, and then found himself in prison for stealing when he was 16 years old.