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Inspired to reach out to others

Kathy Smith San Bernardino, CA USA
Dear Mr Graham, I was reading your book "Just As I Am", and was so moved by it that I signed on to help wit...
 

I Met Billy Graham

Mary Sotelo Oro Valley, AZ USA
I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to meet Reverend Billy Graham in person. I had just completed n...
 
Jeanne Mellott Baker City, OR USA
  Back in 1991 or '92, your ministry caME to Portland, Oregon. My mother-in-law had been praying a ver...
 
Bill Meyers Concord, NH USA
I got saved from a very turbulent lifestyle. In 1968, my father died in a hail of bullets as he was attempting...
 

A Personal Friend is not the word, words can't describe Billy Graham.

Stephan Tchividjian Coral Springs, Fl USA
Allow me to write these few words in the form of a personal letter to a man who has for most of my life occupi...
 

Operation Andrew

Thom Braun Jordan, ON Canada
I have had the privilege of attending and counseling at a number of Billy Graham crusades. Laden Ford came to ...
 
Betty Springer Seattle, WA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...
 

You Saved My Marriage

T F Stillwater, OK United States
I am telling this story for my mother. My mom and dad were going thru a difficult time. My dad had been unfait...
 

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...
 

God's humble servant

Kevin Gilbert Lexington, KY USA
It seems as if Billy has always been with us. It is because he has spoken The Word of God with humility and po...
 

Kimberly Smith Newton, NJ USA
Since I was a little girl I remember watching Billy Graham Crusades on T.V... I accepted Jesus Christ as my pe...
 

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Mike Davisson Albquerque NM
In the Fall of 1969 I was a senior at a private military boarding school in Tennesee. Some one in my class had...
 

Morning and Night

Melanie Jackson Carter, TN, United States
I read Billy Graham's devotional in the morning when I wake up and at night just before I go to bed. I'm on a ...
 

I Knew Him When

Mary Waller DeLand,, FL USA
In 1939 when I was 12 years old,I was challenged in school to learn 300 Bible verses. I do not remember the na...
 

MY STORY

Wilhelmina Pinner Brooklyn, NY USA
I HAD JUST ARRIVED IN NY FROM VA, AGE 21 AND WAS ATTENDING SOUL SAVING STATION IN HARLEM.( I'M STILL THERE). S...
 

My mentor

Felicia Fregene Antioch, TN USA
Dr. Graham, you have been a blessing to me and have been my mentor for a long time. I am now 43 years old and ...
 

New Creation in Christ

Rachel Martinez Robinson Yorktown, TX USA
My name is Rachel Martinez Robinson. As a child I was brought up in a Christian home, but I did not make a dec...
 

Inspired by Billy Graham

Germany
My mum and her friends were really inspired when Billy Graham came to Germany. Since it had a positive impact...
 

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 ...
 

First step on the journey

Marissa Burt Seattle, WA
Dear Billy, When I was four - maybe five - years old, I went to see a movie. I don't remember what it was o...
 

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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