Director of the orphan houses, Ashley Down, Bristol -- George Muller Orphanages from 1905-1912.
After George Muller's death, Mr. James Wright (son in law of George Muller) was burdened about a fellow workman, with whom he could share the responsibilities of the Houses, so he gave himself to much prayer. God seemed to indicate that Fred Bergin, with whom he had been intimately acquainted for twenty-five years should take this position. When he presented the matter to Mr. Bergin, James found that this person was on his way to offer his services in such a capacity. The Spirit had put it on his heart that here was to be his sphere of labor.
George Frederic Bergin had two sons, both of them doctors. the older son, Dr. George Frederic Bergin, Jr. was associated with his father at Ashley Down Orphanages for several years, and in 1910 he died. The blow was heavy to the father, so on June 1, 1910 he sent to London for his second son, Dr. William M. Bergin, to assist him. This proved to be a happy partnership, which lasted, however only two years. For in 1912 the elder Bergin died, and left the work to his son. "The blow that fell upon the Institution on October 8, 1912," writes Dr. William Bergin, "was the heaviest it had ever sustained. When Mr. Muller was called 127 Home, Mr. James Wright had been his helper for over thirty-eight years. When Mr. Wright passed away to be with the Lord, Mr. Bergin had been seven years his colleague. But when my beloved father fell asleep, I had only been two years and four months assisting him...And I saw that if it should please God still to continue the work, it would evidently be a greater proof than ever that ‘God is still the living God, and today, as thousands of years ago, he answers the prayers of His believing children.'" Dr. Bergin had assumed the active leadership only a few months when he took seriously ill, and felt that it would please the Lord to select someone to assist him in carrying the burdens of the Home. He sought God's guidance in the matter, and the decision came that God's choice was Alfred E. Green, a missionary for twenty years in the Straits Settlements, who
then was waiting upon the Lord for guidance to return to his former labors.
William M. Bergin (1872 - 1930)*
Arnos Vale Cemetery
Bristol Unitary Authority
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Record added: Apr 15, 2012
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