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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...
 

The Great Interruption

Gloria Mendez Holland, MI USA
I was born in Chicago in 1952 to parents who arrived recently arrived from Puerto Rico in 1951. My parents wer...
 
Helen Davis North Forth Myers, FL USA
Many years ago, in Washington D.C, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Graham and I told him that my husband wa...
 

Learned as a child

Colette Turner Cleveland, OH USA
My grandmother raised me, and to be honest it wasn't the best of situations. I didn't have the usual grandma i...
 

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...
 

It was a dark night!

Tamara Tanner Kansas City, MO USA
I had been feeling blue for awhile, I was having serious financial problems, and just being lonely, very lonel...
 

The Jorney

Becky Mangrich Waverly, Iowa US
Hello my name is Becky and I would just like to say how very much I love Mr Graham, He saved me from giving up...
 

Passing down the baton

Leo Pierre-Jerome , FL USA
What an amazing journey you've had. I remember, as a toddler, watching some of your crusades on television. I ...
 

Daddy Bill

Melissa Furniss Simpsonville, SC
My story with sweet Billy began at the age of five. I was a BIG Psalty the Singing Songbook fan, so my parents...
 
John Smith Canton, OH USA
Billy Graham was my hero when I first became a Christian as a young foreign university student in New Zealand ...
 

Diana DiConti LaCrescenta, CA USA
I am a 46 yr old mother of a 12 yr old son, whom I have raised myself. Troy, my son, I call my angel, as I bec...
 

Cherie Howard Santa Ana Heights, CA USA
Dearest Billy Graham, I have watched and listened to you over the past 36 years. I was so excited to see &...
 

A Testimony

Alan Bray Wedderburn, Victoria Australia
A Testimony My name is Alan. Today, I am approaching my 67th birthday. In May of 1959, (the year Billy Grah...
 

A Night to Remember

Annette Bordies Central Islip, NY USA
Dear Billy In the early fifties my mother used to listen to many preachers on the radio but your message al...
 

Mom: The Bottle!

Robert Snyder North Syracuse, NY USA
My Mother, who passed on to her reward in Heaven last year, accompanied Me to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in ...
 

Billy visits Boise, Idaho

Gina Price undefined
I was 18 years old in the fall of 1982. I was attending business school in Boise, Idaho and listened to the lo...
 

In Front of the TV

David Morton, PhD Lakeland, FL USA
In 1973, at the age of 25, I assumed the pastorate of a church in Panama City, FL. I immediately met "Lottie a...
 

In The Eyes of A Child

Victoria Cole Jacksonville, FL USA
As I set on the floor in our family room, I listened quitely watching T.V. as the Rev. Billy Graham preached t...
 

Sharron Howdyshell Grafton, WV USA
Mr. Graham has been a part of my life for over 50 years. As a child we would turn in to listen to him preach t...
 

Wanda Laning Springfield, GA USA
MY husband and I were best friends, we met each other at our jobs,  we love the Lord with all our hearts, and...
 

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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