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Marty Carpenter San Antonio, TX USA
My Mother was in a wheel chair the last 7 years of her life due to arthritis of the spine. She was in Lubbock ...
 
Donna Ice Diamond Bar, CA USA
My story started back in 1985. I was the youngest in our church choir (only 15 years) and completely excited t...
 

Memories

Sharon Lemcke Pequot Lakes, MN USA
My mom passed away this past week. We had a memorial service just yesterday. She had been ill for a while, but...
 

Beautiful Story

Christine Dace SULLIVAN, MO USA
I wish I was able to write what I feel in my heart about how you have helped me hold onto my faith in God our ...
 
Marna Swim Sagniaw, MI USA
PTL for Billy & Family! I've been influenced positively since 1950's. I'll be meeting them and sharing Et...
 

Mrs. Albright

Sheryl Goering Elk Grove, CA USA
In 1960 I was living in Lexington, Kentucky; where my Dad was stationed at the Army Depot their. I attended Br...
 
Christian Garcia Homestead, FL USA
I am a 30 year old pastor of a church in Miami, Florida. Since I got saved back in 1995, I've heard of Billy G...
 

You Saved My Marriage

T F Stillwater, OK United States
I am telling this story for my mother. My mom and dad were going thru a difficult time. My dad had been unfait...
 

Heartstrings

Gordon Smith Coon Rapids, MN USA
In 1972 I went to Dallas, Tx from Idaho, for Explo'72 and Billy spoke there- asking for college students to vo...
 
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. ...
 

My Father's Death

Jamie LaFollette Maine, United States
In 1996, my father died. He was 68. Before he died, I got a call from my mom telling me that he didn't have lo...
 

I found purpose

Ray de Vial Kendal, Cumbria UK
As a restless 14 year old, with no understanding of God and no awareness of Jesus, with a 50 year old father w...
 

Arleen Starr Baden, PA USA
My parents always tuned into Billy Graham when his programs were shown when I was growing up. I was born in 19...
 

My First Faith Walk

Barbara McDonald New Albany, IN USA
  In September 1957, I was only 8 years old. I attended your entire 1st crusade in Louisville, Ky with...
 

Giant Lawnmower

Rachel Raub Morro Bay, CA USA
One of the stories of my childhood is the giant lawnmower. We had a huge lawnmower, and a small lawn. The ne...
 

I'm a Preacher Now

Steve Morningstar Vernon Hill, VA USA
Some of my earliest memories growing up in the church were times I'd sneak up stairs to the sanctuary when no ...
 

A Family Changed

Kathie Poe Columbus, OH
July 13, 1964 It was a Monday night under a starry sky. Billy Graham rose to the platform and it was electrif...
 

World Leader

Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...
 

God's Faithful Pursuit of Me..using Billy Graham

Candace Harris Mechanicsburg, PA USA
I was raised in a Christian home. In fact, I am the the fourth generation of reborn Christians. However, somet...
 

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...
 

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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