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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...
 

Worth it All

Vernon Frank Fort Mill, SC USA
As a 22 year old young married I went to the crusade at the Atlanta Ball Park in November of 1950. I responded...
 
Shelly Bragg Clarkston, MI USA
I remember as a child going to see Billy Graham with my two older sisters and my parents. He was talking at th...
 

At the Top of the Stairs

Paatricia Fasulo Syracuse, NY USA
When I was a teenager, around the year 1971, my parents were watching a Billy Graham Crusade on TV. As I walke...
 

Messages of Spiritual Healing

Katherine Grover United States
When I was a little girl in rural Dent County, MO, my mother would always watch Billy Graham's crusades on TV,...
 
William Turk Crown Point, IN USA
Back in Jackson, MS in 1952 when I was 12 years old, I watched my father join others and Billy in removing the...
 

Saved and Sealed in Butler, PA

Susan Black Smith Raleigh, NC USA
I was raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area as an only child to two loving parents who were faithful with church a...
 

Its time to go home

Sandra Kohlhepp Chippewa Falls, WI USA
I wanted to share my life changing experience I had due to a televised Billy Graham crusade, as God through Mr...
 
George Boynton Wilmington, NC USA
As a freshman in High School the Fall of 1956, I made a reel-to-reel tape recording off the air (my little rad...
 
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...
 

Lynne Raymond Oklaholma City, OK USA
When I was only 3 years old my mother and father took me to the local fairgrounds to hear a preacher they had ...
 

A Lot Like You

Billy Wise Bon Aqua, TN, United States
I never hesitated to tune into your broadcasts since I was a little boy because I knew you were a messanger fr...
 

Seeing You Preach in Person

Debbie Gadsden Al
Thank you so much for your faithfulness and obedience to God. I have seen you preach on television and read bo...
 

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...
 

Cortney Browning Holly, MI USA
I have to say that for some time I was born-again and one weekend, I went to your daughter Anne Graham's "Just...
 

Dedicated for Ministry

My youth director took a bus load of teenagers to your crusade in the L.A. Coliseum in 1963 I was 13 and seeki...
 

Thank You Billy... from Canada

Patricia Murtagh Canada
Billy Graham and his team have been a constant good influence on me since I was a young teen and sang in his c...
 

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 ...
 

Medical Missions

Cindy Ruppel Columbia, TN USA
  I became a Christian during my college years (1972) and your magazine was a great encouragement to m...
 

HOLY !

joseph rogers conroe, tx US
I AM JOSEPH I ATTEND A Southern Baptist Church here in Conroe,TX. West Conroe Baptist my pastor is James Gross...
 

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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