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God bless you

Charles King Durban, kzn South Africa
Thank you Billy and your precious wife Ruth for sacrificing so much to spread the word of God.
 

My husband to be's salvation

Sharon Irvin Melbourne, Florida, United States
My husband-to-be Jim was reared Catholic. When we met 43 years ago he was "drifting" so to speak-- no family a...
 

Too Young for Christ?

Susan Osborn Peoria, IL, United States
In November 1951, I took advantage of the occasion of the Saturday Children's Crusade session in Greensboro, N...
 

Thank you Billy Graham

Alvin Blackmore Houston, TX USA
Since I was old enough to watch TV, My Family and I would run to the Black and White Television and watch Bill...
 

Grace and Love

Marian Dirks Duluth, MN USA
In the summer of 1961, my husband, Bill, and I were asked by my cousin to go to a Billy Graham Crusade at the ...
 

Blessed

Marvin Rethmel Cohocton, NY USA
I remember this Crusade...it was held at the Defiance high school football field. The place was packed with pe...
 

The God-Shaped Void

Robert Martin Valdosta, GA USA
Billy Graham, borrowing from St. Augustine, frequently refers to a "God-shaped void" in the human heart. For a...
 

Saved On The Forty Yard Line

Jackie Belt Rockwall, TX USA
I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour at Alamo Stadium in June 1968. A place where I played high school footba...
 

My Husband's Conversion

MARGIE DELANEY WILMINGTON, NC USA
I AM WRITING THIS STORY ABOUT MY HUSBAND BILL DELANEY. HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD ON OCT.10TH 1999 IN MURFREE...
 

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...
 

What a man

Dereke Bruce Taichung, Taiwan
Hi there, My Mum and dad took me to a Billy Graham Crusade when I was about 7 or 8 years old, in Auckland N...
 

Thank You, Dr. Graham

Thomas Beaman Jr Fort Worth, TX
Thank you so much, Dr. Graham, for the inspiration and dedication you have for Jesus Christ. You are an inspir...
 

Coming Home..

Melinda Looney Abingdon, VA USA
Growing up in an Air Force family, I was always moving and therefore had no church home. The air base held a S...
 

Faithful Servant

Jennifer Lombardi Omaha, NE USA
I am deeply appreciate all Billy Graham has done to honor our Father in Heaven. With his wisdom I have learned...
 

Christy Cook Kernersville, NC USA
I am thankful for having the opportunity to be used in the Harvest Crusade in 2002 in Winston Salem, North Car...
 

Generations

Bradley Hester Birmingham, AL USA
My mother was led to Christ while watching a Billy Graham crusade on tv. A few days later she publicly gave he...
 

Age 8 and the Television Crusades

Annie New Port Richey, FL, United States
My grandmother was staying with my family so Mom could work. She enjoyed watching the television crusades. Thi...
 

A Personal Friend is not the word, words can't describe Billy Graham.

Stephan Tchividjian Coral Springs, Fl USA
Allow me to write these few words in the form of a personal letter to a man who has for most of my life occupi...
 

Appreciation

Ben bounds Hendersonville, TN USA
This is not a story but a sincere note of appreciation. My wife Linda and I have been in full-time ministry am...
 

one more in heaven

Mary G. , USA
Like so many others, Jesus Christ reached into my heart through Billy's faithful proclamation of the Gospel...
 

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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