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Our Salvation in South Florida

Bonnie Enderby Coral Springs, Fl USA
In the spring of 1985, my mother and I went to your crusade. I went forward, and my mother said she accepted J...
 

New Creation in Christ

Rachel Martinez Robinson Yorktown, TX USA
My name is Rachel Martinez Robinson. As a child I was brought up in a Christian home, but I did not make a dec...
 

God Called me by Radio...

Dave Shifflett Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada
My story of how Billy Graham's ministry impacted my life is simple. I came to the Lord during 1967, at the age...
 

From TV to heaven...

Ruth Bolin Canton, SD USA
My mother died May 12, 2007, just short of her 90th birthday. It was a day of celebration for her six children...
 

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...
 

Billy Speaks to Me From 1958

Ross Weaver Lakewood, CA
I had an amazing experience on the night of 5th of March 2008. I was home alone, channel surfing and I find a ...
 

Praying Large: The Prayers of Righteous Men

Robert Pardon Massachusetts, United States
I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the presidency of Dr. Harold Ockenga. Dr. Graham w...
 

The Jorney

Becky Mangrich Waverly, Iowa US
Hello my name is Becky and I would just like to say how very much I love Mr Graham, He saved me from giving up...
 

The Cove

Cindy Hollifield , USA
The Ministry of the Cove covered me for about 5 years. I was able to see it as a home and it was the place whe...
 

Jesus used you for His glory!!!

Renee Fiorilli Florida
Dear Rev Billy Graham, I just want to thank you for your ministry. Back when I was in high school in the ea...
 

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...
 

Leticia Olivar San Jacinto, CA USA
I THANK GOD FOR YOU PAPA BILLY GRAHAM. I WAS BORN IN LOS ANGELES LIVED WITH MY HUMBLE MEXICAN PARENTS. I WAS 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...
 

Elizabeth Thompson Elk Grove, CA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...
 

Grandfather

Mark Buff Greer, SC USA
Dear Mr. Graham: Just wanted to tell you a little bit about my grandfather, 89 years old, and has been a ba...
 

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...
 

One of Rosalyn's

Rosalyn Thomas Conyers, GA USA
My first memory of Billy Graham is as a child of 6 or 7 when I attended the Cleveland, Ohio Crusade in 1972(?)...
 

Happy Birthday Billy

John Browne Bermuda Dunes, Calif. USA
I accepted the LORD after reading your book World Aflame on February the 5th,1971. Later I ushered for one of...
 

GREAT BLESSINGS

Alberta Walls , USA
I am currently reading your autobiogaphy and it is a great blessing and exciting to see how all over the world...
 

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...
 

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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