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Walking with my grandfather through the shadow of death

Melissa Doyle-Waid Marmora, NJ usa
In June 2006 my grandmother went to be with the Lord after being diagnosed with melanoma with bone mets. She s...
 

How Billy is changing my life

Sharon Phillips Seoul South Korea
I grew up with severely strict mother and grandmother, and shows like the 700 Club were always playing on the ...
 
Helen Terrell Athens, GA USA
Rev. Graham, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for you using your life to serve and preach the W...
 

My sister-in-law Judy....

Jackie Dion Livermore, ME USA
Dear Billy, What a great treat and honor to be able to tell you my story. However, my story is not really m...
 

Life, Lettters, Prayers

Brenda Iaquinto Falconer, NY
When I was 13, George Wilson came to Uniontown PA. My Dad, an area pastor, was a prayer promoter and spoke on ...
 
Caryll Moore Harrison Twp,
As a little girl, I used to watch Billy Graham with my Grandma. I wasn't always sure what she found so enterta...
 
Earline Spigner Orangeburg, SC USA
I want to thank Billy Graham for obeying the way God planned to use him to impact and touch my life along with...
 

Growing In My Faith In Jesus

Sheila Harbin Toronto, Ontario Canada
Dear Billy: I was already a believer and follower of Jesus Christ when you came to Toronto in 1995. I signe...
 

Joined a friend

catherine meilleur Watertown, NY USA
Billy had spoken and made the alter call...my friend felt she was called to go forward, so as not to lose each...
 

Thanks for your ministry to the world.

Dennis I. Zimmerman Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
In the Calgary Crusade, in the early eighties, I was a member of the choir. I recall how much I enjoyed the ch...
 

Billy....You Inspired Me

Drew Pendley Alpharetta, GA USA
I have been a Christian for quite a long time. I'm 21 years old, and have been listening and watching the Bill...
 

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 ...
 

Oil Town USA

Melvin Fahs Hicksville, Ohio USA
Dear Mr. Graham: I was born into a loving Christian family on May 24, 1946 in Binghamton, New York. My Dad ...
 

My Sonya

Cheryl Lambert Roseboro, NC USA
It was September 21, 1980, a day much like today here in North Carolina, when I heard a loud knock on my back ...
 

Your steadfast life encouraged me.

Bob Babcock Baldwin, NY USA
Thank you Billy! Over the years I have seen your integrity, accountability, moral purity, humble heart and spi...
 

THE MAN OF GOD

George Kantartzis Katerini, Greece
My name is George Kantartzis. I am living in Katerini, a town close to Biblical city of Thessaloniki- GREECE. ...
 

L Gefre ,
Thank you for your spiritual uplifting messages, and the reminder that God is always ready for us to ask Him i...
 

JUST IN TIME

Charles Melvin Palm Coast, FL USA
IN 1958, I WAS A NEW BELIEVER, FRESH FROM A METHODIST CAMP MEETING THAT BROUGHT ME TO CHRIST. RETURNING HOME, ...
 

My Future Husband

Kathleen O'Brien Indianapolis, IN, United States
In the '50's, I attended a Billy Graham Crusade at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. I...
 

The Call

Rosalie Taney Patterson, NY USA
Dear Dr. Graham As I have watched you through the years after becoming a Christian at 26 years of age. I woul...
 

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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