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My Grandmother and Billy Graham

Vivian Johnson Houston,, TX USA
When I grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, we had one channel on television. My family watched Billy Graham Crus...
 

Thank you for your example

Sharri Tiner ,
I was moved beyond my imagination with your love and tribute to your late wife. Thank you for your example of ...
 

Too Young for Christ?

Susan Osborn Peoria, IL, United States
In November 1951, I took advantage of the occasion of the Saturday Children's Crusade session in Greensboro, N...
 
Gary Wildt ,
Thank You Billy for all the years you have spoke to me through the Word of God and for always remaining the sa...
 

One Boy Looking For The Creator

Chad West Clintwood, VA USA
God bless you Billy Graham Family for giving up each other's time for the anointed calling in your lives. I li...
 

Touched by an Evangelist's Message about God!!!!!

Marquis Garner , WI USA
I was saved before I had ever even seen a Billy Graham Crusade! But I can tell you one thing for sure, Billy's...
 

2 crusades

Alice Findell ,
The first crusade in KCMO was about 1968. I went forward but I thought I was ready for heaven. I was not, but ...
 

Worth it All

Vernon Frank Fort Mill, SC USA
As a 22 year old young married I went to the crusade at the Atlanta Ball Park in November of 1950. I responded...
 

Respected and Godly Man

Justyn M , Philippines
I am from the Philippines. Rev. Billy Graham is one of the most respected and godly persons I knew on the face...
 

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-...
 

Dr. Graham's influence on my life

Keith Wasser Biloxi, MS
I had accepted Jesus Christ in 1977 at a very low point of my life. I was only 18 or 19 years old and I was li...
 

Vicki Hall Parkersburg, WV USA
I am writing to thank Rev. Graham for his life and commitment to the Gospel. My husband was saved in a crusade...
 

I just want to show my appreciation

Shanel Tarrant Hempstead, NY USA
I'm not even 18 yet, but I'm so moved by the way that Mr. Graham has touched so many people. Even though i hav...
 

A Seed was Planted

Sandra Slayton Lynchburg, VA
In 1961 at age thirteen I attended a movie theater screening of a Billy Graham crusade. I was so touched by th...
 

Selma Hicks ,
My Experience with a Billy Graham Crusade By Selma Hicks Ft. Worth, Texas hosted their first Billy Graham...
 

A Rainy Night in Pittsburgh

Mark Boyce Butler, PA USA
I was 11 years old when I joined my family in a trip to Pittsburgh with a group from our church. It was very r...
 

Walking The Aisle

Calvin Jones Ironton, MO USA
My family plays gospel music. My sisters wrote a song called, "The Road To Calvary" as a result of the many ti...
 

Valerie parrott- jackson CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD USA
am very young compared to many, but watching you on TBN has been a true blessing to me. Just to see the compas...
 

The Ripple effects

Margy Milleer Rochester, NY USA
My parents and my uncle took our (Windsor, NY)youth group to the NYC crusade in 1959. When we walked in I coul...
 

I THANK JESUS CHRIST

Ivette Woods Jersey City, NJ USA
Hi brother...God bless you. I thank God for your life. I thank God for keeping you, guiding you and teaching y...
 

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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