No money given to support this orphanage over the years Mama Lillian saw God act in countless ways. From children giving her enough money to buy a loaf of bread, to land being provided to put a building up. Making bricks by hand to provide housing for the children. They all worked hard to make a way for themselves.
In1919 Egypt struggled to become independent which put the lives of all English-speaking people at risk. At the time Mama Lillian was caring for 100 children, together she and the older children each took two younger children and went to hide in the brick kiln. Once there she realized that two of the younger children were missing. God provided a dead soldier as a means for her to safely get through to her home so she could rescue those wayward youngsters.
Lillian defied her family in order to go to Egypt even while unsure of what God would have her do. She defied her mission agency to start an orphanage. She served the poor children of Egypt - starting out begging for money and slowly being gifted with donations with being asked. She grew to be loved by the people there as she cared for their young.
I have to admit, when i read over Lillian's story and I see the defiance she showed to her family and to her mission agency, I have to wonder if she's a good example to look to, yet I see the work that God did in her life, how he met her needs and the needs of the children, and I have to wonder if her defiance was God led? I don't know. I can't know. What I can say is... she was a woman with the passion to follow what she saw as God's leading in her life and she wouldn't let any nay-sayers stop her. And thus the Lillian Thrasher Orphanage began and children were given a place to be that had no other place to call home.
Her message is simple: Pray. Ask God. He will provide for all our needs.
The Lillian Trasher Orphanage is currently run by the Assemblies of God.
Assembies of God world missions.