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Valeria Jones Hammond, IN USA
Praise the Lord for Billy and Ruth and children in the ministry. I am 59 yrs old and I used to sit in front...
 
Laura Hall Marietta, OH USA
I was deeply touched by your messages during my teenage years. I wanted to serve God and found strength in you...
 

Born Again

Judith Buchanan Germantown, MD USA
I want to share my story of how God used the faithful preaching of Billy Graham to introduce me to a relations...
 

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...
 
Beth Messena Texas, TN USA
I just want to say that I am so thankfull to mom for having me watch Billy Graham, and he is so good and such ...
 

Daddy Bill

Melissa Furniss Simpsonville, SC
My story with sweet Billy began at the age of five. I was a BIG Psalty the Singing Songbook fan, so my parents...
 
June Agresti Phoenix, AZ USA
Dear Billy Graham, I was born in 1946, but my life did not really begin until the spring of 1971 in Pittsbu...
 

With Gratitude & Blessings!

Judy Prangnell Hay River, NT Canada
Dear Dr Billy Graham! It is with much gratitude and joy my husband Ron & I pass on blessings in the ful...
 
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...
 

*Thank You for bringing us closer to Our Lord!:)*

Rachael:) Mom:) Maudry Ervin Santa Clara, CA USA
Dearest Billy Graham :) My Mother, Maudry Ann, first introduced me to you, in so many devotional books of y...
 

Evie Weston Danbury, NC USA
My mother died when I was 13 years old and I am now 65 years old. I have few memories of my mother but one of ...
 

Inspiration

Nadine Cochran Ardmore, OK USA
Times were hard when I was growing up. I lived with fear on a daily basis. I knew there was a God and when thi...
 

THE MAN OF GOD

George Kantartzis Katerini, Greece
My name is George Kantartzis. I am living in Katerini, a town close to Biblical city of Thessaloniki- GREECE. ...
 

One of my fondest childhood memories...

Linda Knight Lakeland, TN USA
One of my fondest childhood memories was when all of the family would stop and gather around the T.V. set (it ...
 

My mentor

Felicia Fregene Antioch, TN USA
Dr. Graham, you have been a blessing to me and have been my mentor for a long time. I am now 43 years old and ...
 

My Testimony

Ken Tinkham Eureka, California
  I was a senior in high school in 1970. I was one of the few “long haired” kids at school. I was ...
 

Love saved me

Donna White Stockbridge, GA USA
One day back in 2002, I was awake in my bed late at night. I was watching TV and Billy Graham came on preachi...
 

Memories

Sharon Lemcke Pequot Lakes, MN USA
My mom passed away this past week. We had a memorial service just yesterday. She had been ill for a while, but...
 

Preacher to Filmmaker

Juan Zavaleta Chicago, IL USA
Ever since I was about five years old I wanted to be a filmmaker. After becoming a born-again believer at the ...
 

Too Young?

Karen Price , MT USA
When you came to Boise, Idaho, years ago, I attended with a friend and my 2-1/2 year-old daughter. While waiti...
 

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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