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A Child Saved

Nancy McDonald Baton Rouge, LA, United States
As a child I was physically and emotionally abused. I was never told I was loved and was always told I had no ...
 

A Single Christian

Kay Koonce Louisiana, United States
The greatest heartbreak of my life has been the fact that I have never married or had children. I am now 54 ye...
 

I remember

Sandra Cash Oak Island, Brunswick Canada
I can remember when I was a little girl and we would sit around the radio and listen to Billy Graham preach. W...
 
Leticia Olivar San Jacinto, CA USA
I THANK GOD FOR YOU PAPA BILLY GRAHAM. I WAS BORN IN LOS ANGELES LIVED WITH MY HUMBLE MEXICAN PARENTS. I WAS W...
 

My heart's desire

Theresa Keyser Texas
As I tuned in to watch your "95th" birthday celebration, I was moved to tears. I always become overwhelmed wit...
 
Diane Zehnder Bellevue, WA USA
Dr. Graham Thank you for being an unchanging, constant, humble servant of God, and an example of God's love...
 

Forever Changed

Kathryn Keane , Canada
I was sixteen years old and raised in a nominal Christian home. My mother often watched Billy Graham crusades ...
 
Janis DelRicci North Providence, RI USA
Dear Billy, My husband and I would like to thank Billy Graham for his faithfulness to God over the years. It ...
 

Blessed Through Dr. Graham's Ministry

C. Sullivan , CA
Since my husband is now in Heaven, he cannot testify to what God did for him, but I remember enough of his tes...
 

You Planted The Seeds

Anthony Estatico Yonkers, NY USA
Dear Bro. Graham: Greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Chist. I was first introduced to ...
 

On my knees in Philly...

Stephen Melniczak Philadelphia, PA USA
Happy Birthday Billy! My birthday is November 8, 1941 - my real birthday is July 25th, 1970. That's the day I ...
 

Eula ,
I was a little girl when Rev. Billy Graham began to broadcast his crusades on TV. My grandmother raised me and...
 

Well Done

Regan MacBannon Sacramento, CA USA
I never attended a crusade, but watched them on T.V. I read your books and respected the gentle honesty with w...
 

I see how God blesses you.

Claudia Goodrich Sweetwater, TX
Dear Rev. Graham, Of all the preachers who have ever been on television, you have my husband's and my respe...
 

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...
 

My Husband and I Worked For Billy Graham

Alberta Rothman Minnetonka, MN
Happy Birthday Billy Graham, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity of working at Billy Graham Evangel...
 

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 ...
 

Mucho Gracias from South of the Border

Maria Ortiz , Mexico
Thank You for your dedication and the sacrifice that You and your family made for all of us...I thank God for ...
 

Help Along the Way

Patricia Painter Fiskeville, Scituate, RI, United States
In 1951, when I was seven, my Mother sent me to a summer camp where I accepted the Lord as my Savior. My famil...
 

My Salvation Experience

barry troxclair Natchitoches, La USA
I had long wanted to write to thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord; I was saved after listening to one ...
 

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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