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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 ...
 

Just As I Am

Marye Anne Sibold Chattanooga, TN
In 1953, you came and I went forth at the invitation. That day, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior and my ...
 

Thanks, Billy!

Greg Paulsen Kansas City, MO USA
Dear Billy, I've read your columns in our newspaper every day for the last twenty years. Your columns have ...
 

Set Free

Melody Hook USA
First, I'd like to thank you for your love of the Lord Jesus. Because of you, I have come back home for good....
 
Patricia Combs WALSTONBURG, NC USA
My name is Patricia Pierce Combs and I am from Farmville, NC. I can remember as a child my parents making rema...
 

thank you

tommy caviness Clinton, OK USA
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BILLY FOR ALL THE YEARS OF SERVHE TOUCH MY AUNT AND MY FAMILY GREATLEYCES
 
Ben Bryson ,
Thank you for Pastoring a grieving nation after 9/11. It was the best sermon I have ever heard preached and to...
 
Renee Frangedakis Shelby Township, MI USA
I remember watching your crusades on television when I was a child growing up in the 60's. We always heard our...
 

The baby has grown!

Dori Willson Streatham, London UK
How did I become a Christian? Well I often say, "I am a Billy Graham baby!" I had just started my nursing care...
 

A BLESSED SERVANT

RAY COLESON , UNITED STATES
ONECE I HEARED A TRUE MAN OF GOD POUR HIS HEART OUT TO A NATION THAT NEEDS GODS MAASAGE. PASTORS DONT PREACH L...
 

Sandi Galasinski Blue Eye, MO USA
When I was 14 years old, I went to a Billy Graham Crusade for Christ at Anaheim Stadium. That was the beginnin...
 

Your steadfast life encouraged me.

Bob Babcock Baldwin, NY USA
Thank you Billy! Over the years I have seen your integrity, accountability, moral purity, humble heart and spi...
 

God used Television...

Phillip Willetts Truro, Cornwall UK
Thank you Billy... In the early 1950's there were very few families in England who owned a television set, ...
 

A Lot Like You

Billy Wise Bon Aqua, TN, United States
I never hesitated to tune into your broadcasts since I was a little boy because I knew you were a messanger fr...
 

Thank you

Denise Bryan Quakertown, PA USA
I was listening to 88.9 WordFM on my way to work on Friday & listened to you (Boz) talk about the website....
 

My History Essay

Rebekah White , Australia
Hi Mr. Graham, During my senior year in school we were given an  assignment called  'A Study of Powerful ...
 

Billy Speaks to Me From 1958

Ross Weaver Lakewood, CA
I had an amazing experience on the night of 5th of March 2008. I was home alone, channel surfing and I find a ...
 

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 ...
 

Dedicated for Ministry

My youth director took a bus load of teenagers to your crusade in the L.A. Coliseum in 1963 I was 13 and seeki...
 

A Journey To Find Jesus

John Pace Talladega, AL USA
I thought I was seeking something real,something besides myself. I guess I was seeking God even though I phras...
 

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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