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I worked for Billy Graham

Edward Rothman Minneapolis, MN
When I was a young believer, I used to watch Dr. Graham's crusades on television and they were very helpful to...
 
June Agresti Phoenix, AZ USA
Dear Billy Graham, I was born in 1946, but my life did not really begin until the spring of 1971 in Pittsbu...
 
Frank Dearing Fort Worth, TX USA
I FOLLOWED THE BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE IN LOS ANGELES WHEN STUART HAMBLIN WAS CONVERTED. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS BILLY...
 
Judy Venable Milton, NH USA
I want to say thank you for the ministry of both Dr. Graham and Ruth. My Dad was saved at the age of sixteen a...
 

Billy Graham is everywhere

Kevin Collard Sterling Heights, MI USA
My earliest remembrance of Billy Graham was in the early 70's. My parents had banned film-going for their 5 ki...
 

Exemplary Christ Walk

Tonai Barnes Essex, MD USA
When I was 18 years old, I decided that I wanted to give my life to Christ. By my 19th birthday I decided that...
 

My Husband's Conversion

MARGIE DELANEY WILMINGTON, NC USA
I AM WRITING THIS STORY ABOUT MY HUSBAND BILL DELANEY. HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD ON OCT.10TH 1999 IN MURFREE...
 

Grandfather

Mark Buff Greer, SC USA
Dear Mr. Graham: Just wanted to tell you a little bit about my grandfather, 89 years old, and has been a ba...
 

Our Salvation in South Florida

Bonnie Enderby Coral Springs, Fl USA
In the spring of 1985, my mother and I went to your crusade. I went forward, and my mother said she accepted J...
 

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...
 

Martha McCullough Irvine, IN USA
Thank you Billy and Ruth Graham for being so devoted to God's call in your lives that you have influenced mill...
 

Thank you

Bernadette Johnson Glendale, NY USA
I just want to thank you for thre book offers you have. Your books have been such a blessing in my life. My fi...
 

Well Done Faithful Servant

donna hatcher Florida
I grew up with grandparents who watched, and passed on to my mom, the love of Billy and Ruth . I say with much...
 

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 ...
 

Larry Lewis Riverside, CA USA
Thank you Dr. Graham for allowing God to use you mightily over many years and touching our hearts and our cons...
 

From Russia to Faith in Jesus

Ellen Bayles Kenmore, WA USA
My Parents both escaped out of Russia separately with their families into Iran in the '30s and later met and w...
 

Inspired by Billy Graham

Germany
My mum and her friends were really inspired when Billy Graham came to Germany. Since it had a positive impact...
 

Don't forget to go to church

Suzette Keramidas Waterford, CT
After my mother died, I stopped going to church for ten years. In those ten years, I would always watch your b...
 

Thank you

Ayad Bebawy Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Thank you for your witness to God's amazing grace all your life long, you have provided a unique model of what...
 

Patricia Purden Springdale, AR USA
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, the family of Billy & Ruth Graham, I have been with The BGEA sinc...
 

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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