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A Lot Like You

Billy Wise Bon Aqua, TN, United States
I never hesitated to tune into your broadcasts since I was a little boy because I knew you were a messanger fr...
 
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 ...
 

Do you want to take second best? *picture added*

Wendy Bryce Penticton, B.C. Canada
    I was about 10 or 13years old. The crusade was broadcast on television back in the late '5...
 

To the Graham family

Rachel Shepard Salisbury, NC USA
Mr. Graham I have watched you on television for 60 years, what a blessing you have been to me. My mother loved...
 

The Continual Blessing of Jesus through Billy

Robert Rienecke Loveland Ohio
I had a wonderful mother and father while growing up and they both were Christians. My mother and grandmother ...
 

You Got Me

Carol Leonard Oxford, PA USA
Dear Mr Graham, My story is short and sweet. I watched you on your tv specials off and on. There was not a cr...
 

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...
 
Diana DiConti LaCrescenta, CA USA
I am a 46 yr old mother of a 12 yr old son, whom I have raised myself. Troy, my son, I call my angel, as I bec...
 

Memories of Billy Graham

Cathy Keogler Parkland, FL
I first started to watch the Billy Graham crusades when I was in high school. I thought "someday, I am going t...
 

Every Time

Karen Oliver Richmond, VA USA
Everytime that Billy Graham had a crusade on TV, I felt compelled to view it. I knew that I would hear the pur...
 

Faith and Trust

Lyn nelson Tucson, AZ USA
I grew up in Logan Square, inner city of Chicago. I was about 8 years old when I came to know my Lord. I th...
 

From Russia to Faith in Jesus

Ellen Bayles Kenmore, WA USA
My Parents both escaped out of Russia separately with their families into Iran in the '30s and later met and w...
 

My Grandfather

Mike Weaver Rincon, GA USA
My grandfather to me was a great man and thanks to he and my grandmother, provided the rudder with which I run...
 

In The Eyes of A Child

Victoria Cole Jacksonville, FL USA
As I set on the floor in our family room, I listened quitely watching T.V. as the Rev. Billy Graham preached t...
 

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...
 

Wanda Laning Springfield, GA USA
MY husband and I were best friends, we met each other at our jobs,  we love the Lord with all our hearts, and...
 

My Greatest Challenge

Roger Duck Houston, TX USA
I'm nine years younger than Billy and have loved and prayed for him since his first cursade. I seminary I reme...
 

Thank You, Dr. Graham

Thomas Beaman Jr Fort Worth, TX
Thank you so much, Dr. Graham, for the inspiration and dedication you have for Jesus Christ. You are an inspir...
 

Anthony Carfagno Atlantic City, NJ USA
Dear Billy, Sometimes it's not the person themselves, but whom that person brings along with them. I'd like t...
 

By My Daddy's Expression

Melinda Routh Itasca, TX USA
I was raised a Baptist. As a child my mother would bring us to Sunday School and Church each week. Daddy was a...
 

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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