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You are my hero

Wanda Butler Boone, NC
I will always be grateful for your ministry. I grew up listening to you; I am now in my sixties, but when I wa...
 

Harringay 1954

Rob Golding Auckland, New Zealand
I was first introduced to the Billy Graham crusades through my brothers who bought his early books about the L...
 

THANKS BILLY

Phil Heins Eglin AFB, FL USA
From an early age my mother told me of a wonderful man. He preached the gospel the way no ordinary person coul...
 

Touched by an Evangelist's Message about God!!!!!

Marquis Garner , WI USA
I was saved before I had ever even seen a Billy Graham Crusade! But I can tell you one thing for sure, Billy's...
 

Thank You, Billy

Anonymous Centennial, Colorado
When I was growing up in North Dakota in the early 50's, I remember listening to Billy Graham on the radio and...
 

Impact in my life and ministry

Prakash Yesudian Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
  I thank God for Dr Billy Graham for his concern to preach the Gospel in simplicity and authority and...
 

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...
 
Larry G Shelton , USA
I gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham Crusade when I was 10. As a Senior Pastor for the last 24 years I ha...
 
Ashley Smith ,
I remember my father, an alcoholic atheist, telling me to sit down and watch Billy Graham on TV one night. He ...
 

Stone of Remembrance

Charlene Guy Baton Rouge, LA USA
Dear Dr. Graham: This is such a privilege to share a precious memory of the first Billy Graham Crusade I at...
 

Billy Graham

Charyse Kirby Lexington, KY USA
I never made it to any crusades but I loved watching you on tv. My mother and I loved hearing the choir sing J...
 

HOLY !

joseph rogers conroe, tx US
I AM JOSEPH I ATTEND A Southern Baptist Church here in Conroe,TX. West Conroe Baptist my pastor is James Gross...
 

Butch Hall Soddy Daisy, TN USA
Dear Dr Graham & Family; We want to say our hearts are with you at this time and thank you and your pre...
 

Billy, Dad and Me

Noel Tucker Richmond, IN USA
As a child every time a Billy Graham program was on TV...it was on in our house. My Dad was a great fan and f...
 

Thank you!

Linda Hough Norlthfield, OH USA
Mr. Graham, When I heard that you where coming to Cleveland to our "old" stadium - I asked my girlfriend Mary ...
 

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...
 

Robyn Curran West Hollywood/LA, CA USA
Robyn Sabin Curran, 47, Los Angeles, CA I have very fond and old memories of hearing Rev. Graham during his...
 

He spoke as one who had authority

Victor Vieth Lewiston, MN USA
Throughout my life, it was the voice that got me. No matter where I have found myself, if that voice is on the...
 

Words Cannot Express

S Good Virginia
Dear Billy, Words cannot express how much your television programs have blessed my life throughout the year...
 

Sue Hall Hixson, TN USA
Dear Dr Graham & Family; We want to say our hearts are with you at this time and we thank you and your ...
 

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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