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Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...
 

JUST AS I AM

Diana Richardson Clarksville, TN USA
Mr. Graham, how can one just say thank-you to you? Your acceptance of your calling, your gift from our Lord of...
 

My Memories with My Great- Grand Parents

Hannah Ruth Tchividjian DeLand, FL USA
Ever since I can remember, the names Billy and Ruth Graham have meant something to me. It is very unusual for ...
 
Mary Bannigan San Diego, CA USA
I was blessed to be part of the choir at Billy Graham's Crusade at the Meadowlands in NJ in 1988. It was a ...
 

You Speak to our Church each Sunday

Sylvia Yarbro-Wherry El Dorado, AR USA
I was brought up in the church. My mother was a very prayerful woman who was a powerful influence and witness ...
 

Grandmas Story

Tom Dale Oakdale, MN USA
My grandmother passed away in 1985 and she was a devout Lutheran. When Billy Graham was on the televison set a...
 
Elaine Szalay Fountain Hills, AZ USA
At a young age of my 20's I heard Billy's message and felt I accepted Christ, then worked with my church youth...
 
Christina Cravens Sacramento, CA USA
Hi my name is Christina, I have watched many of Billy Graham Crusades. I have always enjoyed watching his m...
 

A Family United

linda hildreth Arden Hills, MN USA
I was pretty much raised in a Pentecostal church by two loving Christian parents. My mother was a war bride fr...
 

Grace and Love

Marian Dirks Duluth, MN USA
In the summer of 1961, my husband, Bill, and I were asked by my cousin to go to a Billy Graham Crusade at the ...
 

David Zamudio Saint Louis, MO USA
Always humble yet powerful in speech and conduct is what I admire most. Billy could have been anything in life...
 

A Night to Remember

Annette Bordies Central Islip, NY USA
Dear Billy In the early fifties my mother used to listen to many preachers on the radio but your message al...
 

Sunny Sallings Rome, GA USA
Please allow me to say I have never personally met Billy Graham. I have never been to one of his great crusade...
 

Thank you, Reverend Graham

Wendy Woodworth Marinette, WI
As a teenager growing up the 1960's, I first "met" Billy Graham in my grandparents' home. Grandpa and Grandma ...
 

How I Was Saved

raymond henson Pedicure Pigeon Forge Tennessee, Parkway, Sevierville, TN, United States
I am now 82 years old. In 1961 at the age of 31, I accidentally tuned in to one of your telecasts and heard th...
 

My Grand-Father

Mary Doherty Syracuse, New York USA
I want to share with you how my Grand-Father was a great fan of Billy Graham. When he would hear that Billy wa...
 

Took my Mother-in-Law to the Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ann Strickland Philadelphia, PA USA
It was a great pleasure to go to the Billy Graham when he was in Philadelphia @ Kennedy Stadium. My Mother-in-...
 

Jay Robert Shauberger Liberty, NJ USA
I don't know much about the Grahams, yet I do know one great story that has impacted my life and that sticks w...
 

Thank you, Billy!

Cheryl Corey Austin, MN USA
I just finished watching one of your telecasts from 1985. The crusade messages then were just as meaningful in...
 

Lynne Raymond Oklaholma City, OK USA
When I was only 3 years old my mother and father took me to the local fairgrounds to hear a preacher they had ...
 

about billy graham

For as long as we can remember, people from all walks of life have approached us and told us about how they came to know Jesus Christ through the work and ministry of Billy Graham. Beyond the magazine covers, best-selling books, White House visits, and Gallup polls are the masses of everyday people who have been forever changed by God through a man we’ve known simply as “Daddy Bill.”

9-month-old Antony being held by "Daddy Bill"

We believe it is now time to share the stories from those who have filled the stadiums, watched televised programs, and read our grandfather’s books over the years. With every changed life comes a story that is worth telling. Daddy Bill’s own story is best told through the accounts of the lives God touched during his many years of ministry; stories of hope, forgiveness, joy, redemption, and salvation.

Daddy Bill’s story began long before we were born. The year was 1934, and a young Billy Graham, who had once referred to religion as “hogwash,” surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Three years later,

 

our grandfather was unexpectedly asked to preach his first sermon at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. His sermon only lasted eight minutes.

Daddy Bill began to think up excuse after excuse for why he could never become a preacher. But as time passed, the excuses diminished. He knew he couldn’t escape the powerful calling of his heavenly Father to preach the Word to all people. During these struggles, he was often reminded of God’s encouragement to Moses: “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12).

The inner battle finally came to an end on a moonlit Florida evening in March 1938. As Daddy Bill walked the eighteenth green of the Temple Terrace Golf Course, he dropped to his knees and cried, “Oh God, if You want me to preach, I will serve You.”

Brothers Antony, Basyle and Aram Tchividjian

More than seventy years have passed since that blessed Florida evening, and our grandfather,

 

Billy Graham, has been faithful to that calling. We want you to know that the most important thing - both to us and to Daddy Bill - is the lives God has touched through one simple but eternally powerful message: The message of Jesus Christ.

Billy taking time out with children

As grandchildren, we have been blessed to know Daddy Bill in a more intimate and personal way than most people have - after the cameras have been turned off and the crowds have gone home. We know him as a man who simply loves people, and is as comfortable conversing with a cab driver or busboy as he is a president, CEO, or movie star.  And it doesn’t matter where he is or what he is doing, Daddy Bill always had time for us, and for that we have been so blessed. 

It is our prayer that through this website you will experience the amazing love and awesome power of the God who has made it all possible. We are so grateful to God for Daddy Bill and are humbled and blessed to call him our grandfather. 

- Aram, Basyle and Jerushah

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