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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...
 

THE LASTING DIFFERENCE

Cindy Hylrin Plano, TX USA
I want to say THANK YOU for your ministry to my life. About a year ago I first started watching the "Billy Gra...
 

Grandson named after Billy

Carol Magnuson Fort Mill, South Carolina
Our daughter and husband, Kim and Brian Hajas were newly married and participated as counselors in Billy Graha...
 

A Pastor's View

Steven Todd Colorado Springs, CO United States
I had the privilege of serving as a pastor / counselor supervisor in the 1987 Denver Crusade, my first time to...
 

I Thank God For ....

Jaye Tidwell Leesburg, FL USA
When I wasn't even a Christian, occasionally I watched your crusades on TV. I did not grow up in a Christian h...
 

When a Baby

Danea Carpenter Ohio
My mom was very GOD fearing lady. She took all six of us to church every Sunday morning and evening. On Wednes...
 

Billy

Jack Hu coconutcreek, florida united states
I heard so much about you Billy that convinces me to want to meet you face to face in person. Your great grand...
 
Elaine Dalton Hurt, VA USA
Dear Billy & Ruth Graham, Thank you for being America's messengers for God! Thank you for the admirable r...
 
Rosalinda Castro , Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
I have been listening to Billy Graham for many years, I am very thankful to Billy for opening his heart to bri...
 

The Cove

Cindy Hollifield , USA
The Ministry of the Cove covered me for about 5 years. I was able to see it as a home and it was the place whe...
 

Mary Jane Nielsen Lincoln, NE USA
I was 9 years old when my family attended Expo 72 in Texas. When I came home I wrote a poem for Billy Graham. ...
 

God Bless You Rev. Billy Graham

Debbie Edwards Newport News, VA USA
Hearing the preaching of Rev. Billy Graham has been a tremendous inspiration in my life because he identifies ...
 

God's Reminder and Blessing

Debbbie Linn Norman, OK USA
I was a volunteer at this crusade. I don't remember what my official title was. I guess that I was an escort...
 

I Knew Him When

Mary Waller DeLand,, FL USA
In 1939 when I was 12 years old,I was challenged in school to learn 300 Bible verses. I do not remember the na...
 

Sylvia Dannelley McCree ,
I came to know the Lord because of the faithful sharing of God's love and His Word by my parents, who were mis...
 

He is Real

Jerry Davis Jackson, SC USA
For 32 years I was in the world and of it. I always thought I was a good guy because I wasn't as bad as others...
 

A life worth Saving

Theresa Jacksom New York, NY USA
I first was introduced to Rev. Billy Graham at the age of 17 years of age while channel surfing one night. At...
 

Long walk to the front

Mickey Radcliff Van Buren, AR
It was - as I can best recall - 1964 at a place called "Jet Stadium" in Columbus, Ohio. My Mom, God rest her s...
 

Praise God, for your servitude Billy Graham!

Willow Joyce Olson-Arnold Asheville, NC
Raised in a Christian household, my grandparents both contributed to your ministry. They went many times to Th...
 

His ministry made a huge difference in my life

Nancy Davis Grand Rapids, MI, United States
I truly believe I am a Christian today because of Billy Graham's ministry, and am so thankful! Back in 1948 my...
 

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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