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One Selfless Act

Mayra Sarita Bronx, NY USA
Praise The Lord, One night in May of 1984, I was in a desperate mental condition when I went in my bedroom ...
 

Just As I Am

Marye Anne Sibold Chattanooga, TN
In 1953, you came and I went forth at the invitation. That day, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior and my ...
 

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 ...
 
Judy Venable Milton, NH USA
I want to say thank you for the ministry of both Dr. Graham and Ruth. My Dad was saved at the age of sixteen a...
 

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 New Story

Aram Tchividjian West Palm Beach, FL
Again was I suddenly recalled to my immediate surroundings by a repetition of the weird moan from the depths o...
 

Thank you, Billy

Debbie Pulford ,
Thank you Billy and Ruth for committing to God and believing His Word by faith. The lives that you have touche...
 

A Servant

Patty Beigay newton, NC USA
We just want to say thank you for showing us how to fall in Love with Jesus and thank you for portraying by yo...
 

My story about Rev. Billy Graham

Carol PA and LA
I have written on this site before. I started watching Mr. Graham when I was a child as my mom watched it and...
 

Heaven in my fathers heart

Kathyn Hall Traverse City, MI USA
Several years ago my father became very ill. He had several strokes and then his heart began to fail. As a chi...
 

Highlight of Dad's Capitol Hill Career

Frank Shelton Waldorf, MD
My father, Franklin C Shelton, Sr retired in 1995 from the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, DC. He was actin...
 

Richard Turner Forrest, VA USA
Dear Billy, In the late 80's, I was living in Jacksonville, Florida and I had developed a pretty bad drinking...
 

Lynn Graham ,
What a blessing to have lived in the time of Billy & Ruth Graham. What a precious love story. Love for Chr...
 

Victoria Pridgen , NC USA
I remember my mom who was a Christian and even my Dad who was not, listening and watching Billy Graham program...
 

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Chet Foster E.Lansing, mi usa
I hope this can be answerad even tho it is not actually a tribute. My father was killed in a car accident w...
 

Since Way Back When...

Priscilla TAN Fresno, CA USA
Stacks of "Decision" magazine sat somewhere in the small drugstore in our home in Indonesia. It was the 1970s....
 

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...
 

The Great Judge

John Anderson Boca Raton, FL, United States
While living out in Los Angeles last year, I visited the site of the 1st tent meeting on Hill Street. To my su...
 

Lisa Dalton Sartell, MN USA
Thank you for being God's servant. God's good work in me became evident when I sang my first church solo for H...
 

Strength of Voice

Brenda Tan Jamul, CA USA
Dear Mr. Graham: I thank God for the amazing strength of your voice. The happiness and peace and hope it br...
 

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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