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Youth Crusade on Television circa 1962

Lynn Gonzalz Bloomfield, CT USA
October 15, 2007 My younger brother and sister were asleep and my mother had gone out for the evening. I wa...
 
Deann Lewis ,
I am pleased to share my personal insight into the Graham legacy. My grandfather (Big Daddy) died in 1963, lea...
 
Nye Allen Matthews, MA USA
My Dad, Walter Allen, of Rock Hill, SC had a neat opportunity as a counselor at one of Billy Graham's Crusades...
 

Escorted My Mother-in-Law

Ann Strickland Philadelphia, PA USA
I am so very grateful that Billy Graham was conducting a Crusade in Philadelphia during the time my Mother-in-...
 

This is my story...

Nathaniel Lyakwo London, UK
I have heard and watched Dr. Billy Graham preach the good news on TV and radio especially the 'Graham years' a...
 

Preacher to Filmmaker

Juan Zavaleta Chicago, IL USA
Ever since I was about five years old I wanted to be a filmmaker. After becoming a born-again believer at the ...
 
Janis DelRicci North Providence, RI USA
Dear Billy, My husband and I would like to thank Billy Graham for his faithfulness to God over the years. It ...
 
Anthony Carfagno Atlantic City, NJ USA
Dear Billy, Sometimes it's not the person themselves, but whom that person brings along with them. I'd like t...
 

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 ...
 

Taylor's Miracle

Gwen Watson Fargo, ND USA
Hi my name is Gwen Watson. I want to share my story with you about my family and how Billy Graham touched our ...
 

My First Faith Walk

Barbara McDonald New Albany, IN USA
  In September 1957, I was only 8 years old. I attended your entire 1st crusade in Louisville, Ky with...
 

I heard your voice before I was born

Heather Dawson, MD Charleston, SC USA
Dr. Graham, you came to Toronto Canada 1955 the year my parents were expecting me so I heard your voice before...
 

Liz Cook Decatur, TX USA
I just wanted to say, "THANK YOU" to Mr. Graham for his unwavering dedication to preaching the Word of God and...
 

Thank You for your faithfulness

Sharon Wadley Winter Haven, FL USA
Dear Billy, I was eleven years old the night my aunt and uncle took me to see you at Madison Square Garden....
 

JUST IN TIME

Charles Melvin Palm Coast, FL USA
IN 1958, I WAS A NEW BELIEVER, FRESH FROM A METHODIST CAMP MEETING THAT BROUGHT ME TO CHRIST. RETURNING HOME, ...
 

What an Awesome Example of Christ

cindy lamb dallas georgia
I grew up watching the crusades on tv. I may have been carried to one live in Fulton Co Stadium in Atlanta, bu...
 

Thank you

Betty Johnson Decatur, GA USA
Dear Dr. Graham: I would like to say thank you for being such a gift to the body of Christ for all these year...
 

Thank you Billy

Mim Roberts Seaford, DE USA
Dear Billy, Thank you so much for being obedient to God! I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 9 year...
 

The Great Judge

John Anderson Boca Raton, FL, United States
While living out in Los Angeles last year, I visited the site of the 1st tent meeting on Hill Street. To my su...
 

From Generation to Generation

Joe Davis Waco, TX USA
Dear Brother Graham, In 1951 or 1952, you held a tent revival in Shreveport, Louisiana. My mother, Ethel Da...
 

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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