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Bradley Hester Birmingham, AL USA
My mother was led to Christ while watching a Billy Graham crusade on tv. A few days later she publicly gave he...
 

God is Love

Ginny Clark Philadelphia, PA USA
I was raised to believe in God, Jesus, so I had the basics. We were not encouraged to read the bible. God was ...
 

You are my hero

Wanda Butler Boone, NC
I will always be grateful for your ministry. I grew up listening to you; I am now in my sixties, but when I wa...
 

Thank you Billy Graham

Alvin Blackmore Houston, TX USA
Since I was old enough to watch TV, My Family and I would run to the Black and White Television and watch Bill...
 

Unconditional Love.....

Pamela Elder Sellersville, PA USA
I was born July 19th, 1956 to Erma Cray McDonald. Erma was divorced with only an 8th grade education. I was he...
 

Mucho Gracias from South of the Border

Maria Ortiz , Mexico
Thank You for your dedication and the sacrifice that You and your family made for all of us...I thank God for ...
 
Sabrina Christianson Jonesborough, TE USA
Dear Mr. Graham- Thank you for your faithfulness for all of these years. You are in my prayers regularly. Y...
 
Martha McCullough Irvine, IN USA
Thank you Billy and Ruth Graham for being so devoted to God's call in your lives that you have influenced mill...
 

You paved my way

betty mccormack Lorain, OH USA
I was 11 years old my church went to the "Billy Graham Crusade" I was excited and had never been to the stadiu...
 

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...
 

Saved..back slidden..Surrendered

Elaine Szalay Fountain Hills, AZ USA
When I was in my late teens or early 20's my family started watching Billy on his TV crusades. How vibrant he ...
 

Our Foundation

Donna Varnes Skiatook, OK USA
In 1973 I was a very immature, confused Christian. I picked up a copy of Billy Grahams book, Peace With God, a...
 

My Dad Heard The Gospel

Steve Regan Boone, NC USA
I grew up in a very traditional Roman Catholic Family where we were taught about God by the priests but Jesus ...
 

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...
 

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...
 

You are an inspiration to us, Billy Graham!

Lora Mae Lent Loganville, GA USA
Thank you Billy Graham for your faithfulness in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that ALL ar...
 

Generations.....

W John Lewis Castalia, NC USA
It was right after World War 2 when Billy came to England for a crusade. My Dad and Mom heard about the crusad...
 

Patricia Purden Springdale, AR USA
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, the family of Billy & Ruth Graham, I have been with The BGEA sinc...
 

Sandi Galasinski Blue Eye, MO USA
When I was 14 years old, I went to a Billy Graham Crusade for Christ at Anaheim Stadium. That was the beginnin...
 

Billy visits Boise, Idaho

Gina Price undefined
I was 18 years old in the fall of 1982. I was attending business school in Boise, Idaho and listened to the lo...
 

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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