https://record.adventistchurch.com/20... George Burnside, the most successful evangelist of his time, was born in 1908 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Working as a carpenter after school, he was encouraged to attend Pastor J W Kent’s prophecy meetings. George attended, hoping to prove the speaker wrong. But in time he came to accept the Adventist message and, with his family, joined the Church. He was just 17. At the end of George’s second year at Longburn Adventist College (LAC) in 1929, George became a colporteur. It was a tough experience, trudging through heavy rain and snow too deep to ride his bicycle—sleeping in sheds, eating boiled wheat. This developed in him the rugged determination to follow God faithfully that characterised his later life. He returned to LAC in 1931 and then spent two years at Avondale College, Australia, training for the ministry. However, George didn’t graduate. Some required courses didn’t interest him, so he chose others that he thought would be more valuable in field work. George spent 1935 as a colporteur in NSW before being appointed to ministerial work in the Maryborough area of Queensland in 1936.