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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, ...
 

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...
 

Thank you

William Morris Fort Scott, KS USA
I am a disabled 44 year old who has been a Christian since 1996 when I went to a Promise Keepers rally in Kans...
 

Mama made me, now nothing stops me!

Ed Eaton Selma, AL USA
I do not remember the exact year. I am now 57 years olds but think it was probably in the late fifties or earl...
 

Inspired to reach out to others

Kathy Smith San Bernardino, CA USA
Dear Mr Graham, I was reading your book "Just As I Am", and was so moved by it that I signed on to help wit...
 

My Jim's Salvation

Carolyn Hassan Oklahoma City, OK USA
I have been a Christian since I was 7 years old. I was saved at a Southern Baptist Revival in a tiny town call...
 

Youth Crusade on Television circa 1962

Lynn Gonzalz Bloomfield, CT USA
October 15, 2007 My younger brother and sister were asleep and my mother had gone out for the evening. I wa...
 
Basyle Tchividjian Deland, FL USA
After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministr...
 

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...
 

His Presence

Mary Potts Havana, IL USA
I, as a young mother of 20 with my dear husband lost our first born at the age of only eight days. We were jus...
 

My Grand-Father

Mary Doherty Syracuse, New York USA
I want to share with you how my Grand-Father was a great fan of Billy Graham. When he would hear that Billy wa...
 

Child-Like Faith

Sandy Murphy Meridian, MS USA
I have always been a "church goer". I probably attended church before I was even physically born. My Mother ma...
 

Helen Pasanen Action Ontario, CA USA
A Tribute to Dr. Graham In December of 1968 while watching Dr. Graham on television, the simple gospel mess...
 

Always Believed

Diane Knowlton Maine
When I was a little girl, every Sunday night when I went into visit my grandmother (who I loved & miss dea...
 

Memories of Billy Graham

Cathy Keogler Parkland, FL
I first started to watch the Billy Graham crusades when I was in high school. I thought "someday, I am going t...
 

My Coming to Christ

Zach Tennessee
I was raised by my mother who was mostly non religious but was taken to church by my grandmother who helped br...
 

Ronald Mason Hartfield City, ID USA
Dear Billy: Everything good in my life as been because Jesus has truly watched over me and blessed me in many ...
 

Billy Speaks to Me From 1958

Ross Weaver Lakewood, CA
I had an amazing experience on the night of 5th of March 2008. I was home alone, channel surfing and I find a ...
 

Salvation!

Julianne Chaney Birmingham, AL USA
I was only 12 or 13 when I was singing in the choir that year, and the Crusade had come to Birmingham, Alabama...
 

GOD IS SO GOOD

Vicky Shields Kirkcaldy, Fife Scotland
The Crusade was shown on a huge screen in our local Ice Rink. When Billy Graham gave the invitation to follow ...
 

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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