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The Heavenly Choir

Johnna Cannon Conyers, GA USA
As a little girl growing up in a small town in Tennessee, I remember sitting in front of the television lookin...
 
Cathy Perkins Hickory, NC USA
One of my earliest memories is a Billy Graham Crusade. It was in the mid 50's (sorry I cannot remember the exa...
 

AS A CHILD

BRENDA PIERCE Asheboro, NC USA
WHEN I WAS ABOUT 8, I WOULD LISTEN TO BILLY GRAHAM ON TV. I GREW TO LOVE THE WORD OF GOD AND READ IT FOR MYSEL...
 

A Personal Friend is not the word, words can't describe Billy Graham.

Stephan Tchividjian Coral Springs, Fl USA
Allow me to write these few words in the form of a personal letter to a man who has for most of my life occupi...
 

My Father's Death

Jamie LaFollette Maine, United States
In 1996, my father died. He was 68. Before he died, I got a call from my mom telling me that he didn't have lo...
 

In The Presence of Greatness

C.O. Gaskins Buford, GA USA
Rev. Billy Graham has been a household name in my home for as long as I can recall. I grew up on a farm in Sou...
 

God bless the Grahams

Dennis Christian New York, NY
I thank God for Billy Graham and all of his family home. Thank God for his works. I consider him as a prophet ...
 

Every Time

Karen Oliver Richmond, VA USA
Everytime that Billy Graham had a crusade on TV, I felt compelled to view it. I knew that I would hear the pur...
 

'For Pete's Sake'

Tommy Ford Tuscaloosa, AL USA
I was born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, and I can rarely remember a Sunday morning or Sunday night that our...
 

Seeds Sown

Doug Lynn Thornville, OH USA
I was a boy of 14 or so when the Billy Graham Crusade came to Columbus, Ohio. I went with the local church you...
 

Nye Allen Matthews, MA USA
My Dad, Walter Allen, of Rock Hill, SC had a neat opportunity as a counselor at one of Billy Graham's Crusades...
 

Thank you for Giving to the Lord

Shirley Souto Paramus, NJ USA
Like the song Thank you for Giving to the Lord, Billy because you have given yourself to the lord dedicated yo...
 

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...
 

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...
 

Appreciation

Ben bounds Hendersonville, TN USA
This is not a story but a sincere note of appreciation. My wife Linda and I have been in full-time ministry am...
 

Judy Foster Ooltewah, TN USA
I've been impacted by Billy Graham for as long as I can remember. (I'm 57 now.) I've always had a wonderful ad...
 

Rod Barkley Newton, NC USA
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15. All of us here at Paid In Full By ...
 

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J Paul Moore Leawood, KS USA
In 1952, my mother divorced her first husband, an alcoholic, gambling, womanizer. Her daughter was one year ol...
 

Patricia Combs WALSTONBURG, NC USA
My name is Patricia Pierce Combs and I am from Farmville, NC. I can remember as a child my parents making rema...
 

Elizabeth Thompson Elk Grove, CA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...
 

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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