This morning I heard Dr. Steven Davey telling this very inspiring story in a message entitled "From George street to your street" on the radio, so I looked it up and found the transcript on the internet. Enjoy!
George Street Transcription
A number of years ago, in a Baptist Church in Crystal palace in Southern London, the Sunday service was closing and a stranger stood up in the back, raised his hand, excuse me pastor can I share a little testimony. The pastor looked at his watch and said, "You have three minutes."
And this man proceeded. He said, " I just moved into this area. I use to live in another part of London. I came from Sydney Australia. And just a few months back I was visiting some relatives and I was walking down George Street. You know where George St is in Sydney? It runs from the business hub out to the rocks of the colonial area. And he said, "A Strange little white haired man stepped out of a shop doorway, put a pamphlet in my hand and said, "Excuse me sir are you saved. If you died tonight would you go to Heaven?" He said he was astounded by those words because none ever told me that. I thanked him courteously and all the way on British airlines back to Hitero, this puzzled me. I called a friend who lived in this new area where I am living now. And thank God he was a Christian; he led me to Christ. And I am a Christian. And I want to fellowship here. And Baptist love testimonies like it. Everyone applauded and welcomed him into the fellowship.
That Baptist pastor flew to Atalade in Australia the next week. At ten days later, in the middle of a three day series in a Baptist church in Atalade, a woman came to him for counseling. And he wanted to establish where she stood with Christ. And she said, "I use to live in Sydney and a couple months back I was visiting friends in Sydney, doing some last minute shopping down George St. and a strange little white haired man, elderly man stepped out of his shop door way, offered me a pamphlet and said, "Excuse me Mam. Are you saved? If you died tonight would you go to Heaven. She said, " I was disturbed by those words. When I got back from Atalade, I knew a Baptist Church was on the next block from me and a sought out the Pastor and he led me to Christ. And so I am telling you sir that I am a Christian.
So this London pastor was now very puzzled. Twice within the fourth night he heard the same testimony. He then flew to preach on a Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Perk and when his teaching series was over, the senior elder of the Church took him out for a meal. And he said, "Mate how did you get saved?" He said, I grew up in this church from the age of fifteen through Boys Brigade, never made a commitment to Jesus, just hopped onto the bandwagon like everybody else. And because of my business ability, grew up to a place of influence. I was in a business outing in Sydney, just three years ago, and an obnoxious spiteful little man step out of his shop door way, offered me a religious pamphlet (cheap gunk) and with a question, "Excuse me Sir are you saved? If you died tonight would you go to Heaven. He said, " I tried to tell him I was a Baptist Elder, he wouldn't listen to me. He said he was seething with anger all the way home on Quantis 2 to Perk, he said I told my pastor thinking he would sympathize with me and my pastor agreed. He had been disturbed for years knowing I didn't have a relationship with Jesus and he was right. And my pastor led me to Jesus just three years ago.
Now this London preacher flew back to the UK and was speaking at the Kiseck Convention in the Late District and he threw in these three testimonies. At the close of his teaching session, four elderly pastors came up and said, "We got saved between 25 and 35 years ago respectively through that little man on George St., giving us a tract and asking us that question.
He then flew the following week to a similar Kiseck Convention in the Caribbean to Mission Resse and he shared the testimonies. At the close of his teaching session, three Mission Resse came up and said, "We got saved between 15 - 25 years ago respectively through that little man's testimony and asking us that same question on George St in Sydney."
Coming back to London, he stopped outside Atlanta Georgia to speak at a Naval Chaplains Convention and with his three days revving these Naval Chaplains up, over a thousand of them, in Swaldeny, the Chaplain General took him out for a meal and he said, "How did you become a Christian?" He said, "Well it was miraculous. I was aerating in a United States battleship and I lived a reprobate (corrupt) life. We were doing exercises in the South Pacific and we docked on Sydney harbor for replenishments. We kicked Kings Cross with a vengeance. I got blind drunk. I got on the wrong bus. Got off on George St. As I got off the bus, I thought it was a ghost. This elderly white haired man jumped in front of me, pushed a pamphlet in my hand and said, "Sailor, are you saved? If you die tonight are you go to Heaven?" He said, " The fear of God hit me immediately, I was shocked sober and ran back to the battleship, sought out the Chaplain. The Chaplain led me to Christ and I soon began to prepare for the ministry under his guidance and here I am in charge of over a thousand chaplains and we are bent on soul winning today.
That London preacher 6 months later flew to do a convention for 5,000 Indian missionaries in a remote corner of north eastern India and at the end, the Indian missionary in charge, a humble little man took him to his humble little home for a simple meal. And he said, "How did you as a Hindu come to Christ?" He said, " I was a in a very privileged position. I worked for the Indian Diplomatic Nation and I traveled the world. And I am so glad for the forgiveness of Christ and His blood covering my sins because I would be very embarrassed if people found out what I got into. He said, "One Diplomatic service took me to Sydney and I was doing some last minute shopping
for toys and clothing for my children walking down George St. and this courteous little white haired man stepped out in front of me, offered me a pamphlet and said excuse me Sir. Are you saved? If you die tonight are you going to Heaven. He said, "I thanked him very much but this disturbed me. I got back to my town, I sought out the Hindu priest and he couldn't help me. But he gave me some advice. He said just to satisfy your curious mind - nothing else, go and talk to the missionary in the mission house at the end of the road because that was fatal advice. He said, "Cause that day the missionary led me to Christ. I quit Hinduism immediately and then began to study for the ministry. I left the diplomatic service and here I am by God's grace in charge of all these missionaries and we are winning hundreds of thousands of people to Christ.
Well 8 months later that Crystal Palace Baptist Pastor was ministering in Sydney, in Guy-nea, southern suburb of Sydney. And he said to the Baptist minister, "Do you know a little man, an elderly little man who witnesses and hands out tracts on George St." And he said, "I do and his name is Mr. Genor but I don't think he does it anymore. He's too frail and elderly. The man said, "I want to meet him."
Two nights later they went around to this little apartment, knocked on the door and this tiny frail little man opened the door. He sat them down and made them some tea. And we was so frail, he was swooping some tea into the saucer as he shook. As he sat with them, this London preacher told him all these accounts over the previous three years. This little man sat with tears running down cheeks. He said my story goes like this: "I was aerating on an Australian warship and I lived a reprobate life. And in a crisis I really hit the wall and one of my colleagues whom I gave literal Hell was there to help me. He led me to Jesus and the change in my life was night to day in 24 hours and I was so grateful to God, I promised God, I would share Jesus in a simple witness with at least 10 people a day as God gave me strength. Sometimes I was ill. I couldn't do it. But I made up for it on other times. I wasn't paranoid about it but I have done this for over 40 years and in my retirement years, the best place was on George St. There were hundreds of people. I got lots of rejections. But a lot of people courteously took the tracts and he said in 40 years doing this I never heard of one single person coming to Jesus until today."
Do you know, I would say? That has to be commitment. That has to be just sheer gratitude and love for Jesus to do that, not hearing of any results. Margerita did a little count. That's 146,100 people. That simple little non-Charasmatic Baptist man influenced somehow to Jesus. I believe what God was showing that Baptist minister was the tip of the tip of the tip of the tip of the tip of this iceberg. Goodness knows how many more have been arrested for Christ and are doing huge jobs out in the mission field.
Mr. Genor died two weeks later.
Can you imagine the reward he went home to in heaven?
I doubt if his face would ever appear in Charisma Magazine. I doubt there would ever been a write up with a photography in Billy Graham's decision magazine. As beautiful as those magazines are.
Nobody except a little group of Baptist in southern Sydney knew about Mr. Genor.
But I tell you his name was famous in Heaven.
Heaven knew Mr. Genor and you can imagine the welcome and the red carpet and fan fair he went home to.