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Inspiration

Suzanne Holt Lino Lakes, MN USA
Thank you for always being an inspiration of what it means to live your life for the Lord. It always inspired ...
 

The Day I Met Billy Graham

Ray Fowler Feeding Hills, MA USA
It was 1987, and I was in my first year serving as youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, in Burbank CA. This...
 

What an Awesome Example of Christ

cindy lamb dallas georgia
I grew up watching the crusades on tv. I may have been carried to one live in Fulton Co Stadium in Atlanta, bu...
 

Twice Blessed

Linda Wales Mt. Vernon, WA USA
Billy Graham came to our town when I was s young girl. I went forward at the crusade, which was held at the Ra...
 

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

Day by Day with Billy Graham

Malcolm Duke Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
After watching a T.V. crusade in 1976, I ordered a free copy of the book DAY by DAY WITH BILLY GRAHAM. This wa...
 

Dear Mr. Graham....

LInda Eddy Thompsons Station, TN USA
My mom told me this story one day. When I was a little girl, old enough to write, I did something very unusual...
 
Dr. Tony Gibson ,
I came to faith in Jesus Christ at the Billy Graham New York City Crusade in 1957. I was singing in the choir ...
 
Kimberly Smith Newton, NJ USA
Since I was a little girl I remember watching Billy Graham Crusades on T.V... I accepted Jesus Christ as my pe...
 

Thanks for Your Ministry

Carolyn Carter Chicago, IL
My parents took my brother Arnold and I to the Billy Graham crusade as children. But I remember even as a chil...
 

Somebody Honest

Lara Gravenor Parkrand Boksburg, Gauteng South Africa
An evangelist who doesn't steal the vast amounts of money that people donate to him but puts himself on a norm...
 

Renee Frangedakis Shelby Township, MI USA
I remember watching your crusades on television when I was a child growing up in the 60's. We always heard our...
 

Susan Keller Easton, PA USA
When I hear the name "Billy and Ruth Graham" I always think of Jesus Christ, when I hear his preaching I am al...
 

Generational Influence

Lydia Gaponiuk Lutz, FL USA
My parents came to America in 1951, Ukrainian immigrants from Germany. Because the quota to America was full, ...
 

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...
 

May God use us all

Paul Alexander , USA
My story might be a little different than most. I am ethnically an Indian man and most would say on the surfac...
 

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...
 

Thank you for your leadership

Peggy Henderson Houston, TX USA
Thank you, God for Billy Graham and his family, bright lights in this dark world. Words cannot express than...
 

Praise God!

Douglas w Soderdahl Honolulu, HI USA
On 19 Jan 1948, at the Roseland Temple Baptist church in Roseland (in south Chicago), you, Billy were guest sp...
 

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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