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Don't have to be a rocket scientist

Dena Campbell New Castle, DE USA
Thank you Pastor Graham for preaching with such simplicity that even a child could understand. Every time I wo...
 

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....
 

A Long Overdue Thank You

CLEO M. VICKERS Phoenix, AZ USA
Many times during the year, the Lord spoke to my heart to write to Billy Graham with thanks and gratitude for ...
 

I once was lost, but now I see...

Allison Havemann Colwyn, PA USA
I battled depression all my life. I had parents that told me I was a loser and useless despite my almost perfe...
 
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...
 
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...
 

Thank You

Carol Lancaster Marrero, LA
Happy Birthday to such a wonderful man! If not for you, so many of us would not have found God and learned of ...
 

Found HIM

Joe Hendren Columbia, MO USA
On The last day of November, 1978 Billy was doing a crusade on TV and God used him to keep me from killing mys...
 

Encounter in Nigeria

Elva Hoover Lakeland, FL USA
My name is Elva Hoover. While serving as national director of the Assemblies of God Women's Ministries (1976-1...
 

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...
 

Jill Heinold Shamong, NJ USA
I was honored to sing in the choir at a Billy Graham Crusade about 45 years ago. I was a young lady of 20 at t...
 

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...
 

Gave my life to Jesus

LeAnne Toren Burnsville, MN USA
I was just 7 years old when Billy had his Crusade at the State Fair in MN. I was raised in a Christian home bu...
 

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...
 

From Blanket to Blessings

Jerry Garrard Atlantic Beach, FL
When I was 2 years old my mother and father took me to A Billy Graham Crusade in Augusta, Ga. I don't remember...
 

Mauren Rattray , Canada Canada
I was born in Jamaica, the West Indies. I came to know the Lord in a personal way January 1964 when Billy Grah...
 

Scott Hohne Mount Vernon, WA USA
I was first introduced to Billy Graham when I was living in public housing under the worst conditions. We had ...
 

I watched you on TV as a little girl

Judy Ramsay Moline, IL USA
I used to sit with my parents while they watched you on TV when I was a little girl. When I grew up I went my ...
 

A Child Saved

Nancy McDonald Baton Rouge, LA, United States
As a child I was physically and emotionally abused. I was never told I was loved and was always told I had no ...
 

Thank You Billy from Philly.....

FERN-RONA WATKINS Philadelphia, PA USA
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM, I REALLY HOPE YOU GET A CHANCE TO READ THIS TRUTHFUL NOTE OF PRAISE FOR YOU.I GREW UP IN J...
 

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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