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Herb's Amazing Transformation

Ron Wipf Minneapolis, MN USA
In 1965 on a cold winter Sunday night, my uncle Herb was watching one of your crusades on TV. His wife had gon...
 

Salvation!

Julianne Chaney Birmingham, AL USA
I was only 12 or 13 when I was singing in the choir that year, and the Crusade had come to Birmingham, Alabama...
 

Man of God

William Perry Tucson, AZ USA
I wish that there were more men like Billy Graham in the world, it would be such a great place to live. I star...
 

'I NEVER HEARD BILLY GRAHAM SAY THAT'

Sylvia Orr Newnan, GA USA
The Billy Graham Crusade televised program was always special to Mama and Daddy. In the late 50's my family wo...
 
Jacklyn Thomas Houston, TX USA
Thanks to your ministry lives have changed and are being changed. I came to know of you through my mother Eile...
 
Lou Ann Chapuis Huntley, IL USA
My story is really my mom's story. My mom would often tune it to the crusades Billy held on TV and the Holy Sp...
 
Mary Jane Nielsen Lincoln, NE USA
I was 9 years old when my family attended Expo 72 in Texas. When I came home I wrote a poem for Billy Graham. ...
 

Drunken Sailor Changed

Robert Lindenberger Bethlehem, PA USA
In 1954 I went aboard my ship and went wild, drinking, chasing women and all other things a young sailor away ...
 
Peggy Wylie Cherryville, NC USA
I remember as a child growing up watching Billy on tv and wishing my regular show was on and not him. I starte...
 

I watched you on TV as a little girl

Judy Ramsay Moline, IL USA
I used to sit with my parents while they watched you on TV when I was a little girl. When I grew up I went my ...
 

Coming to Christ - the 8 year old and the B&W Television

Diane Helmers-Carr Dexter, IA USA
Dear Pastor Billy Graham, You do not know me and have never met me although you are responsible for myself, an...
 

The Best Preacher in the world

Pat Catline Bridgetown, Barbados
I watch Billy Graham on T V and I think he is the greates preacher in the world. When he gets to heaven, God i...
 

A Strong Influence

Ed Sinke Tyler, TX, United States
Growing up in a non religious /catholic home with Dutch immigrant parents who surrived slave labor camps and t...
 

'Joni'

Bill Falls Crystal Beach, FL USA
In 1982 my MSU Symphony Choir direstor called me to see if I wanted to see the movie 'Joni' that she had two f...
 

Ed Yount Conover, NC USA
Many years ago you preached a crusade at Boston College. At that time I was a young seminary student. You paid...
 

Jesus--

Patrick Tighe ,
Dear Friends, I used to think that Billy Graham, like many other evangelists, was a counterfeit. However, I...
 

Scott MacDonald West Des Moines, IA USA
Growing up, one of the fondest memories I had was watching Billy Graham Crusades on TV with my family. Through...
 

My Father

Keith Evans Oakville, IN
In May of 2002, my father passed away at the age of 79 years old. He lived a full wonderful life, and knew our...
 

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...
 

May God use us all

Paul Alexander , USA
My story might be a little different than most. I am ethnically an Indian man and most would say on the surfac...
 

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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