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Born Again

Judith Buchanan Germantown, MD USA
I want to share my story of how God used the faithful preaching of Billy Graham to introduce me to a relations...
 

Love saved me

Donna White Stockbridge, GA USA
One day back in 2002, I was awake in my bed late at night. I was watching TV and Billy Graham came on preachi...
 
Deann Owen Lewis Crescent, OK USA
My grandfather (Big Daddy) died in 1963, leaving a grieving lost widow. Big Mama didn't drive, had never writt...
 
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...
 

Uplifting

Irvin Ferguson Coolidge, AZ USA
I have been a Christian now, since, 2003. I've had my ups and downs, but on Saturday Nights, I watch your Crus...
 

Call Center Worker

Theresa Jones Erwin, TN USA
I was able to work in a Call Center for the Billy Graham Television Ministry. That experience was truly a Bles...
 

Remembrance

Frank Allen Ocean City, NJ usa
I'm just ten younger than you so my life has almost parallel yours. My first memory of you was when you spoke ...
 
Larry Lewis Riverside, CA USA
Thank you Dr. Graham for allowing God to use you mightily over many years and touching our hearts and our cons...
 

Jesus as My Lord

Katherine Hines Mbale, Budaka Uganda
I first came to Christ when I was 15 years of age through reading the Bible and listening to Christian program...
 

Just for Billy

Eric Melanson Yucaipa, CA USA
Billy I would like to thank you for your ministry. I am 29 and have rededicated my life to Christ as of July 1...
 

A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Graham

David Miller United States
Thank you so much for introducing me to the love of God and Jesus. Many years ago I watched one of your crusad...
 

Maria Jernigan Yorktown, VA USA
Dear Billy, I have read so many of your wonderfully God-inspired books and always enjoyed them. I always felt ...
 

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...
 

Adriane Mitchel Brooklyn, NY USA
I've only seen Dr. Billy Graham once in person. Of course, I have seen him numerous times on television. I liv...
 

After 35 Years, Thank You Billy

Victoria Daggett ,
Dear Billy Graham, I received the Lord as my Savior at a young age and was baptized at age 9. Not unusual c...
 

Thank You For Being a Faithful Servant

Angela Guthrie Sneads Ferry, NC USA
In the 1960's & 1970's we started to see from time to time TV broadcasts of Billy Graham Crusades! In the ...
 

Honor

Carol McSwain Hempstead, TX USA
Dear Rev. Graham: As a child growing up in Minneapolis, I heard your name often. My sweet, precious little ...
 

Walking The Aisle

Calvin Jones Ironton, MO USA
My family plays gospel music. My sisters wrote a song called, "The Road To Calvary" as a result of the many ti...
 

Dora Stacey Versailles, KY USA
I watch Billy on TV ever time i found out he was going to be on it. and one night god told me there is a man n...
 

Escorted My Mother-in-Law

Ann Strickland Philadelphia, PA USA
I am so very grateful that Billy Graham was conducting a Crusade in Philadelphia during the time my Mother-in-...
 

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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