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Never too young...

Marni Magin Denver, CO USA
In 1986 or 1987, the Billy Graham Crusade came to Denver, CO. My husband, Jim, and our 3 year old son, Jon, ca...
 

The Call

Rosalie Taney Patterson, NY USA
Dear Dr. Graham As I have watched you through the years after becoming a Christian at 26 years of age. I woul...
 

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...
 

We Love Billy

Anne Sheridan Canada
Dear Billy: You have been a household name since I was a child...you are so loved by all... thank you for ...
 

A Testimony

Alan Bray Wedderburn, Victoria Australia
A Testimony My name is Alan. Today, I am approaching my 67th birthday. In May of 1959, (the year Billy Grah...
 

The Man I Was Going to Marry!

Julie Montague Orange, CA
I grew up in a wonderful Christian home. We went to a couple of Billy Graham crusades in Orange County, CA (An...
 
Larry G Shelton , USA
I gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham Crusade when I was 10. As a Senior Pastor for the last 24 years I ha...
 

My First Billy Graham Crusade

Lamar Huffstutler Dallas, TX
When Texas Stadium opened in Irving Texas, the first event was a Billy Graham Crusade. My dear family, we were...
 

Saved in Sweden 1978

Amy Wood Greenville, SC
Take yourself back to your pre-teen years. Now see yourself as an American pre-teen living with your family in...
 

Prayer

Ruth Lothers Lancaster, SC USA
During my time at Moody Bible Institute (9/54 to 6/57), Billy Graham came to speak to the student body. The cl...
 

Salvation at Last

Linda Piercy Citrus Heights, CA USA
What a wonderful opportunity to thank Billy for his ministry to me. When I was a young girl I was open to the ...
 

I credit you....

Elsine Ross Scottsdale, AZ USA
My father took our family to a crusade when I was a young girl at the fair grounds in Waterloo, Iowa. I only ...
 

Life, Lettters, Prayers

Brenda Iaquinto Falconer, NY
When I was 13, George Wilson came to Uniontown PA. My Dad, an area pastor, was a prayer promoter and spoke on ...
 

May God use us all

Paul Alexander , USA
My story might be a little different than most. I am ethnically an Indian man and most would say on the surfac...
 

God Bless My Grandmother and Billy Graham

Elizabeth McDonald Jefferson, GA USA
Billy, I grew up watching you on tv. My grandmother would insist on watching you every time you were on tv in ...
 

My Mother

Lorraine Van Rooyen Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Australia
I attended the Billy Graham Crusade..the first one in Sydney...as a counselor. I was also in the choir. I took...
 

Thank You Billy

Ginette Arseneault Moncton, NB, Canada
Mr Graham, you are truly an Apostle of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. I believed in GOD before I knew you, when I was ...
 

I Have a Future Now

Lisa Riebel Fruita, CO USA
I grew up in a middle-class family. We weren't a Christian home, but we did follow morals in many areas of our...
 

Gave my life to Jesus

LeAnne Toren Burnsville, MN USA
I was just 7 years old when Billy had his Crusade at the State Fair in MN. I was raised in a Christian home bu...
 

Saved as a Child

Mary Campbell Fabius, NY USA
I was saved as a ten year old child after watching the Billy Graham movie "Two a Penny" at a movie theater in ...
 

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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