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Staff Devotions

Derek Turner , NC USA
My respect for Billy Graham has always been high. But that respect grew tremendously after my interaction with...
 
Carole Lily Lynchburg, VA USA
The power and presence of GOD has flowed through Rev. Billy Graham to the world - but especially to me. I h...
 

Praying Large: The Prayers of Righteous Men

Robert Pardon Massachusetts, United States
I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the presidency of Dr. Harold Ockenga. Dr. Graham w...
 

God Bless My Grandmother and Billy Graham

Elizabeth McDonald Jefferson, GA USA
Billy, I grew up watching you on tv. My grandmother would insist on watching you every time you were on tv in ...
 
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 Love of Jesus

Sharon Brunk Harrisonburg, VA USA
The Sunday my father-in-law took us to Griffith Stadium to hear you, Billy, was quite different for me. I was ...
 

Bendecido!!!

leobardo antonio pineda Juárez, México
Dios ha usado a nuestro hermano Billy para motivacion al contemplar como nuestro Senor Jesucristo, lo usa a mi...
 

God's Imagination

John Gibson Miller Tulsa, OK USA
Dear Billy: I would presume to call you by your first name, not for lack of the deepest regard and gratitude,...
 

Gave my life to Jesus

LeAnne Toren Burnsville, MN USA
I was just 7 years old when Billy had his Crusade at the State Fair in MN. I was raised in a Christian home bu...
 
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...
 

From Generation to Generation

Joe Davis Waco, TX USA
Dear Brother Graham, In 1951 or 1952, you held a tent revival in Shreveport, Louisiana. My mother, Ethel Da...
 

Heartstrings

Gordon Smith Coon Rapids, MN USA
In 1972 I went to Dallas, Tx from Idaho, for Explo'72 and Billy spoke there- asking for college students to vo...
 

The Pulpit and the Plaque

Robert Vance Lebanon, IN USA
Until recently I was the pastor of the Van Orin Gospel Church in Van Orin, Illinois. Five years ago when I cam...
 

A Strong Influence

Ed Sinke Tyler, TX, United States
Growing up in a non religious /catholic home with Dutch immigrant parents who surrived slave labor camps and t...
 

Jill Heinold Shamong, NJ USA
I was honored to sing in the choir at a Billy Graham Crusade about 45 years ago. I was a young lady of 20 at t...
 

Respected and Godly Man

Justyn M , Philippines
I am from the Philippines. Rev. Billy Graham is one of the most respected and godly persons I knew on the face...
 

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...
 

Life, Lettters, Prayers

Brenda Iaquinto Falconer, NY
When I was 13, George Wilson came to Uniontown PA. My Dad, an area pastor, was a prayer promoter and spoke on ...
 

A simple truth

Tara Flynn Bronx, NY USA
I was 17 and I was invited by a group of Christian friends to the Billy Graham Crusade held at the Pepsi Arena...
 

Many Thanks

Darlene Robins Ontario, Canada
I became born again in 1981. Since that time I was fortunate enough to meet some young Christians who guided m...
 

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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