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My Journey began when I was 12.....

Susanna Santiago Chicago, IL USA
My name is Susanna Santiago. My story is this....I was 12 years old when I heard Billy Graham speak on Televis...
 

"Buy that book"

Nancy Volosin Visalia, CA USA
God sure knows how to bring Christ into your heart. We know Sunday school can introduce you to Christ, but hav...
 

My Brother

Cherie Gilliand Southaven, MS USA
My brother,Howard, was saved at one of your crusades in Memphis. He was a graduate of Annapolis and afterward...
 

Just Blessed

michaele lowman Candler, NC, United States
I have been lucky to have been blessed my whole life, I have not had any real tragedies in my life. I have bee...
 
Linda Parker Ranlo, NC USA
First of all I would like to say our thoughts and prayers go out to Rev. Graham and all the Graham family. Whe...
 

A Godly Servant

Stormy Mills Houston, TX USA
Billy Graham has been an inspiration to me for my entire Christian life, over 55 years. Whenever a crusade was...
 
Dolores Beresford Grass Valley, CA USA
I was a 24yr old woman living in Lake Tahoe Calif. I worked with several people, but most notably were two men...
 

The Holy Spirit and the Teens

Morgan Dendler Windsor, NY USA
My wife and I were sitting in the nose bleed section of the Carrier dome in Syracuse NY when Billy was doing h...
 

Thank you

Betty Johnson Decatur, GA USA
Dear Dr. Graham: I would like to say thank you for being such a gift to the body of Christ for all these year...
 

Twice Blessed

Linda Wales Mt. Vernon, WA USA
Billy Graham came to our town when I was s young girl. I went forward at the crusade, which was held at the Ra...
 

From Mocker to Child of God

Mark North Montague, NJ USA
I can remember when I was a child watching Billy Graham either early in the morning on Sunday or late at night...
 

Being Saved

Murray Sadler ,
I was saved as a teenager by watching one of Billy Graham's Crusades. Thank you, Billy. I will see ...
 

Michel Miller Charleston, SC USA
My name is Michael Miller and I came to Christ back in 1965. I lived in east Harlem; a part of New York City. ...
 

A Blessed Time To Remember

Vicki Kramer Colesburg, IA USA
Our United Methodist youth group of a little town called Colesburg, Iowa (population approximately 400), raise...
 

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...
 

A Man After God's Heart

Kathy Marshall Hidden Springs, ID USA
I just wanted to say what an inspiration Billy Graham has been over the years to so many. I started out skepti...
 

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...
 

Never

Rich Wadsworth , USA
I actually  not converted by Billy Graham's preaching. In fact, other than snippets of promotional pieces, I ...
 

Ten Years Old in 1962...the Beginning of a Journey

Lisa LaRue Dallas, TX USA
I was only about nine or ten years old when I was sitting in front of our television set one afternoon in 1962...
 

Jesus Saves! Roseburg, Oregon

Irma Sawyer Vaughn, WA USA
I am of Puerto Rican heritage. My parents were born in Puerto Rico and went to New York City as young folks an...
 

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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