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My First Billy Graham Crusade

Lamar Huffstutler Dallas, TX
When Texas Stadium opened in Irving Texas, the first event was a Billy Graham Crusade. My dear family, we were...
 

Eternally Thankful

Debi Parker/Tchividjian Coral Springs, FL USA
I was saved by grace and child like faith when I was 10 yrs old..it was at church camp. I never really unde...
 

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...
 

My Late Father's Favourite Preacher & Singer

Joan Beatty Deschambault Lake, SK, Canada
I come from a small First Nation Cree community in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. My parents were trappers and...
 

The wall in my heart

Chris Silber Berlin, Germany
I heard Billy Graham preach in Berlin Germany in 1990. One year after the Berlin Wall had come down, his words...
 

World Leader

Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...
 

Man of God

Valerie Oneil Oswego, NY USA
Thank you Billy Graham. I am a 59 yr old widow and i have a great faith. I am a Christian Catholic and your wo...
 

America's Pastor

Johnnie Britton Memphis, TN USA
I never got to go to one of your crusades and I have never met you. Yet you seemed to know me. Thank you Ti...
 
Cortney Browning Holly, MI USA
I have to say that for some time I was born-again and one weekend, I went to your daughter Anne Graham's "Just...
 
Ellen Bohnert ,
A Tribute. Thanks for the TV crusades of days gone by. I used to listen to them and get ''saved'' at every on...
 

Debbie Thomason Hobbs, NM USA
  I can remember listening to Billy Graham when I was a small child. My parents watched him on the T.V...
 

Your Faithfulness

Bruce McMillan Everett, WA USA
I want to thank you Mr. Graham for your faithfulness to God. You have given me the inspiration and I want to t...
 

A Single Christian

Kay Koonce Louisiana, United States
The greatest heartbreak of my life has been the fact that I have never married or had children. I am now 54 ye...
 

Richard Turner Forrest, VA USA
Dear Billy, In the late 80's, I was living in Jacksonville, Florida and I had developed a pretty bad drinking...
 

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...
 

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...
 

Marie Dickens Lake Forest, CA USA
Dear Billy Graham, I have fond love for you through our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1972, just a newlywed, I was wa...
 

Watching those Crusades

Jodie Naum Grand Rapids, MI USA
I am the Mother of 5 children. Always, when one of Billy's crusades were going to be televised, I called my ch...
 

'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...
 

Thank God Billy Graham was born!!!

Paula Emmett Louisville, KY
I may not know Jesus as my savior had I not listened to Mr. Graham as a child. I was born to a very dysfunc...
 

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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