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Jack Hu coconutcreek, florida united states
I heard so much about you Billy that convinces me to want to meet you face to face in person. Your great grand...
 

Always There

Ronald Morrell Morrell Elkhorn, WI USA
I came to know about Billy Graham through my Mother and Father, who were faithful Baptist parents whose family...
 
Marty Carpenter San Antonio, TX USA
My Mother was in a wheel chair the last 7 years of her life due to arthritis of the spine. She was in Lubbock ...
 
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...
 

God's love

Donald BAGBY Macon, NC USA
My wife died recently, I asked God to let her speak to me from heaven. He did, she did. She said "it is nice u...
 
Chris Ruhl Weatherford, OK USA
When I was 15 a friend gave me a box of books that I promptly put away in the top of my closet. A few years la...
 

I Knew Him When

Mary Waller DeLand,, FL USA
In 1939 when I was 12 years old,I was challenged in school to learn 300 Bible verses. I do not remember the na...
 
Valeria Jones Hammond, IN USA
Praise the Lord for Billy and Ruth and children in the ministry. I am 59 yrs old and I used to sit in front...
 
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...
 

Joined a friend

catherine meilleur Watertown, NY USA
Billy had spoken and made the alter call...my friend felt she was called to go forward, so as not to lose each...
 

Edwin & Joyce Ketterling Libertyville, IL USA
We praise our God for your faithfulness in presenting His gospel. We are thankful to God for Ruth's admonishme...
 

Thank You Billy Gram-ham!

Kathy Brannon Homosassa, FL USA
Thank you, Billy Gram-ham! Our youngest daughter was only 6 in 1976...but she knew who you were. Just learn...
 

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...
 

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...
 

"Buy that book"

Nancy Volosin Visalia, CA USA
God sure knows how to bring Christ into your heart. We know Sunday school can introduce you to Christ, but hav...
 

Once was enough!

Thelma Swims Bartlett, IL USA
I would like to share my story. I am an African American female and my name is Thelma. I grew up in a small to...
 

Just as we were

Jan Atkinson Danville, IN USA
My husband and son attended one of Dr. Billy's crusades at a university stadium in Houston (don't remember the...
 

Ashley Smith ,
I remember my father, an alcoholic atheist, telling me to sit down and watch Billy Graham on TV one night. He ...
 

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...
 

Saved as a Child

Mary Campbell Fabius, NY USA
I was saved as a ten year old child after watching the Billy Graham movie "Two a Penny" at a movie theater in ...
 

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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