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Life's Added Blessings

Alice Driskell Otsego, MN USA
It was my honor to work with the BGEA located in Minneapolis MN -- from 1986 to 1991 ... most of the time ther...
 
Eunice Rivera-Miranda Greenville, SC USA
Though I have benefited from Billy Graham's books and television broadcasts, I have been ministered most throu...
 
Bobby Jarvis Memphis, TN USA
I can remember when Billy Graham came to Memphis, TN for a Crusade. I was still what I considered, little. I w...
 

Impact for Generations!

Joseph Ajibade ILORIN, KWARA STATE, Nigeria
PAPA BILLY GRAHAM, SHALOM SIR. YOU ARE A GRANDFATHER TO US IN THE FAITH. OUR FATHERS HAVE KEPT TELLING US OF Y...
 

Grandson named after Billy

Carol Magnuson Fort Mill, South Carolina
Our daughter and husband, Kim and Brian Hajas were newly married and participated as counselors in Billy Graha...
 

Fond Memories with My Grandparents

Janet Madden Anderson, South Carolina
Remember my grandparents watching his TV appearances and I'm so thankful for those memories! So thankful Billy...
 

Not Proud But Humble

Dawn Morgan New Providence, PA USA
"Not Proud but Humble" I did a lot of things in my younger life that I am not proud of. These things affect...
 

Walking with my grandfather through the shadow of death

Melissa Doyle-Waid Marmora, NJ usa
In June 2006 my grandmother went to be with the Lord after being diagnosed with melanoma with bone mets. She s...
 

Somebody Honest

Lara Gravenor Parkrand Boksburg, Gauteng South Africa
An evangelist who doesn't steal the vast amounts of money that people donate to him but puts himself on a norm...
 

The Nobody That God Loved

Aleta Dye Lake Placid, FL, United States
At the age of 23 I was an insecure, introverted, short-tempered woman. With all of my heart I believed I was t...
 

My Oldest Son - A gift of Life

Peggy Freeman Canton, GA USA
I think the greatest gift a child can ever give their mom is the gift of life that they received from our Lord...
 

David Zamudio Saint Louis, MO USA
Always humble yet powerful in speech and conduct is what I admire most. Billy could have been anything in life...
 

Vicki Wood Gaffney, SC USA
  I would like to share briefly how your obedience to God's instructions has made a difference in my l...
 

Elizabeth Thompson Elk Grove, CA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...
 

Medical Missions

Cindy Ruppel Columbia, TN USA
  I became a Christian during my college years (1972) and your magazine was a great encouragement to m...
 

God Bless You

Ray Dunn Kearney, MO USA
Dear Dr.Graham : I have read many of articles. They clear up questions concerning many subjects..I use thos...
 

Jana Spring McCall , NJ USA
I am one of seven children. We were raised Catholic but my mother brought all of us to the local stadium in Ar...
 

Thank you for your example

Sharri Tiner ,
I was moved beyond my imagination with your love and tribute to your late wife. Thank you for your example of ...
 

Louise Johnson Sarasota, FL USA
When I was a teenager growing up on Staten Island, in New York City, I was privileged. Along with some of my f...
 

Billy is a man of God

Jesus Leon Los Angeles, CA USA
I got to say that Billy is truly a man of God. He really speaks to the hearts of Christians and I believe he h...
 

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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