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Michel Miller Charleston, SC USA
My name is Michael Miller and I came to Christ back in 1965. I lived in east Harlem; a part of New York City. ...
 
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...
 

My day of salvation

Steve Duke Newberry, Fl USA
Brother Billy, Just a short note to thank you for your one and only time (I believe) that you came to the U...
 

I once was lost, but now I see...

Allison Havemann Colwyn, PA USA
I battled depression all my life. I had parents that told me I was a loser and useless despite my almost perfe...
 

Just Blessed

michaele lowman Candler, NC, United States
I have been lucky to have been blessed my whole life, I have not had any real tragedies in my life. I have bee...
 

Good times

Bud Shepherd Va
You, Mr. Billy, have been around for many moons, and since I was a child I have always watched your programs o...
 

My Poem for you..'Just As I Am'

Eva Duncan Ripley, MS USA
I have listened to your crusades for years via Televison. I write spiritual poems and childrens stories plus a...
 

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...
 
Evelyn Miriam , NYC Toyko Japan
I was there in 1957 in New York's Madison Square Garden, sitting on the left of a row on the main floor, almos...
 

You Speak to our Church each Sunday

Sylvia Yarbro-Wherry El Dorado, AR USA
I was brought up in the church. My mother was a very prayerful woman who was a powerful influence and witness ...
 

Dale Boroviak Lansing, IL USA
I got saved in 1967 or 68 as a result of reading Dr. Graham's wonderful book "World Aflame". His Decision maga...
 

Kindness

Leona Silgado Coral Springs, FL USA
I have never had the chance to attend a crusade or meet Billy Graham but I know when I do get to meet him in p...
 

My Grandma's Wisdom

Herb Hook Hilton Head Island, SC USA
Dear Billy, When I was a young man and visiting my grandmother in Kansas City she took me to your crusade t...
 

50 YEARS AGO

Marilyn Williams Jacksonville, FL USA
ALTHOUGH I HAD BEEN TAKEN TO CHURCH FROM THE TIME I WAS BORN (SOUTHERN BAPTIST), I WAS BORN AGAIN AFTER WATCHI...
 

Wilkinson Family's Experience

Sandra Preuss Mississippi
My grandparents went to a Billy Graham Crusade in the early 1950's and were very impressed that he said "Jacks...
 

From Darkness into Light

Lynne Chandler Zagreb, Croatia
My name is Lynne Chandler and I am an American currently living in the country of Croatia. I would like to sha...
 

Thank You, Pastor Billy!

Barbie (Denny) Insall McMinnville, OR USA
I have few very precious childhood memories growing up in Northwestern OH, during the 1950's. But the ones I d...
 

Thank you for your leadership

Peggy Henderson Houston, TX USA
Thank you, God for Billy Graham and his family, bright lights in this dark world. Words cannot express than...
 

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...
 

Cancer

Grace Pace Hickory, North Carolina USA
When I was 80 years young I Had melanona cancer. I had surgery then radiation and chemotherapy. I know God hea...
 

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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