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Dear Mr. Graham....

LInda Eddy Thompsons Station, TN USA
My mom told me this story one day. When I was a little girl, old enough to write, I did something very unusual...

Billy Graham - Faithfulness and Integrity!

BETTY FRITZKE Yorkton, SK, Canada
Your FAITHFULNESS AND INTEGRITY greatly impacted me all my life but especially as a teenager, when I first hea...

Impact for Generations!

Joseph Ajibade ILORIN, KWARA STATE, Nigeria

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 ...

World Leader

Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...

Billy, Dad and Me

Noel Tucker Richmond, IN USA
As a child every time a Billy Graham program was on was on in our house. My Dad was a great fan and f...

Time with the Grahams

Dot Knuckles Bradenton, FL
In the mid 80's my husband and I attended a Kiwanis convention in Orlando. Our guest speaker was Rev. Billy Gr...
Jay Robert Shauberger Liberty, NJ USA
I don't know much about the Grahams, yet I do know one great story that has impacted my life and that sticks w...

Indonesian Witness...

Mangapul Sagala Jakarta, Indonesia
Dear Billy Graham. I am Rev. Mangapul Sagala, from Jakarta, Indonesia. I would like to saya to you that I am ...

Thank you for your example

Sharri Tiner ,
I was moved beyond my imagination with your love and tribute to your late wife. Thank you for your example of ...

Passing down the baton

Leo Pierre-Jerome , FL USA
What an amazing journey you've had. I remember, as a toddler, watching some of your crusades on television. I ...

Eternal Life and Beyond

Paul Turner Columbus, OH USA
During my sophmore year of college I started to try and figure out what it really meant to be a Christian. My ...

Billy showed me there was a God. I just tried to love everyone and help everyone.

Rosa Rivera Carson City, NV USA
Revised 09/02/07 RE: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH * PLEASE READ I would like to write this article for domest...


Jane LaCaze Arkansas
I attended one of your sermons at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA when I was fourteen years old. When you asked p...

Help Along the Way

Patricia Painter Fiskeville, Scituate, RI, United States
In 1951, when I was seven, my Mother sent me to a summer camp where I accepted the Lord as my Savior. My famil...

Raul Quintana San Sebastian, PR
I wish I could be like or imitate Billy Graham. This is what I used to say when I was younger, then I realized...

Jim Bodsworth San Salvador, El Salvador

Thanks for the memories--keep them coming & for God s glory

Gary Holmes Elkton, MD USA
When the internet was first starting & my pastor was very ill I emailed numerous places for prayer. The BG...

1st Seeds

Sonja Heffner Marysville, Oh USA
I attended a Crusade with three other High School friends. At the alter call I really wanted to go forward but...

Frank Emrich Pacific,
My name is Pastor Frank Emrich. When I was young and foolish, I disliked Billy Graham. I would even mock him a...

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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