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Norma Vannoy Forest, VA USA
Since l970 I have been thanking God for Billy Graham. While watching a telecast in August, I heard him ask the...
 

One Selfless Act

Mayra Sarita Bronx, NY USA
Praise The Lord, One night in May of 1984, I was in a desperate mental condition when I went in my bedroom ...
 

Growing up with a Godly mother

Trish Mitchell Webster, NY USA
I want to thank you for your many years of service to the Lord and your faithfulness in teaching others. I gre...
 
Rocco Pesce Waterbury, CT USA
Billy Graham was the one person who could always get my attention while I was flipping passed all the channels...
 
Mauren Rattray , Canada Canada
I was born in Jamaica, the West Indies. I came to know the Lord in a personal way January 1964 when Billy Grah...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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Ryan Zuidema Chatham-Kent, ON, Canada
Dear Reverend Graham, I would love to thank you for having George Beverly Shea on the program. There one song ...
 

You Planted The Seeds

Anthony Estatico Yonkers, NY USA
Dear Bro. Graham: Greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Chist. I was first introduced to ...
 

Thank You Billy

Sharon Hails Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
My grandparents watched you faithfully on TV as I was growing up. I continued the tradition and when my son wa...
 

Michel Miller Charleston, SC USA
My name is Michael Miller and I came to Christ back in 1965. I lived in east Harlem; a part of New York City. ...
 

From a Freight Dock

Karen Hood Fresno, CA USA
As a young woman, age 19 or 20, I worked at McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, California, as a clerk ty...
 

Thank you, Billy!

Cheryl Corey Austin, MN USA
I just finished watching one of your telecasts from 1985. The crusade messages then were just as meaningful in...
 

The Words Which Saved My Life

Roxanne Wood Missouri
As a young girl I was amid the runaway/throway children back home in Florida living on Ft.Lauderdale beach. I ...
 

When I was a Kid

Veda Funk Nampa, ID
My father became a preacher in 1966; I was 7 years old. We moved from Nampa Idaho, where my dad had been going...
 

New Life In Christ

Lillian Nelson Cleveland, Ohio
I had always loved the Lord and went to church, and I liked singing the songs, but did not know I needed to gi...
 

Thank you, Billy

Debbie Pulford ,
Thank you Billy and Ruth for committing to God and believing His Word by faith. The lives that you have touche...
 

A Family Changed

Kathie Poe Columbus, OH
July 13, 1964 It was a Monday night under a starry sky. Billy Graham rose to the platform and it was electrif...
 

You Are Loved

Teresa Carroll Louisville, KY US
I am a 49 year old mother of 1 son (22). I was a rebel. My experience with Billy has to do with his openess to...
 

Husband in Heaven Because of Billy Graham TV Crusade

Ann Hunter Grand Prairie, Texas
My first husband and I were married 25 years and 4 months before he passed away here in our home from cancer. ...
 

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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