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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...
 

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Chet Foster E.Lansing, mi usa
I hope this can be answerad even tho it is not actually a tribute. My father was killed in a car accident w...
 
Becky Block North Bend, WA USA
It is with pleasure that I share my story. When I was five-years-old, in 1961-62, I attended a Billy Graham cr...
 

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...
 

Bill Graham's Media Outreach Helped Lead Me to Christ

Anthony Rufo Wheaton, IL USA
I was brought up in a Catholic family in the Midwest; my parents were good people and practiced their faith se...
 

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 ...
 

God Bless Billy Graham

Zachary Uram Pittsburgh, PA USA
Thank You, Dr.Graham for your life of evangelization and being faithful to Christ's command to spread the Good...
 
Lou Ann Chapuis Huntley, IL USA
My story is really my mom's story. My mom would often tune it to the crusades Billy held on TV and the Holy Sp...
 
David Ross Monterrey, Mexico
Billy, You have dedicated your life to The Eternal one and thru many have been saved and will enjoy eternal...
 
Tommy Olive San Angelo, TX USA
It was the summer of '63 and I was thirteen and home alone that night. I turned on the TV and a live crusade w...
 

Appreciation

Ben bounds Hendersonville, TN USA
This is not a story but a sincere note of appreciation. My wife Linda and I have been in full-time ministry am...
 

My Grandma's Wisdom

Herb Hook Hilton Head Island, SC USA
Dear Billy, When I was a young man and visiting my grandmother in Kansas City she took me to your crusade t...
 

Ziyu Lu Cedar Park, TN USA
I find it wonderful that Ruth shares her faith in China, where the government heavily regulates religion.
 

Gail Richie Conroe, TX USA
I have never been to one of your crusades nor did I come to know my Savior through one of your crusades. I wri...
 

Well Done, my good and faithful servant.

Jeannine Langley Farmersville, TX USA
Jesus came to earth to make everlasting life available to us all. He sacrificed his life on the cross, teachin...
 

Thank you Billy Graham! *albo

Allie Bernier Saint Paul, MN USA
Among the millions that have come to the Lord as a result of a Billy Graham Crusade, I am only one but the imp...
 

Since Way Back When...

Priscilla TAN Fresno, CA USA
Stacks of "Decision" magazine sat somewhere in the small drugstore in our home in Indonesia. It was the 1970s....
 

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 ...
 

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 ...
 

Thankful for Peace with God

Don Burns Phoenix, Arizona
My grandmother was a wonderful Christian woman who died when I was 7 years old. I went to church off and on wh...
 

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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