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The Intelligent Man

Mellisa Fernandez Los Osos, CA USA
I was in my senior year in high school when my two best friends died in separate car accidents six months apar...
 
Louise Johnson Sarasota, FL USA
When I was a teenager growing up on Staten Island, in New York City, I was privileged. Along with some of my f...
 

Faithful

Derrick Sales , Namibia
Dear Mr. Graham. I have never had the honor of sitting in one of your meetings, however my life has been im...
 

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...
 

My Second Dad....

Sandra Case Hartman Seaman, OH USA
My father came to the Lord in the early 60's after being put in jail by my mother. Their life had always been ...
 
Johnny Cook Boone, NC USA
The life of Ruth Graham has touched so many. My continued prayers for Dr Graham and all of you wonderful ch...
 

Thanks

Mrs. Bonnie Knight Plant City, FL USA
Hello, I have been a Christian since 1980. And, sometimes after that I heard about Billy Graham. I remember o...
 

Mine is a typical story, but my own.

Angela Ambrose Vienna, VA USA
My grandmother, who had given me my first Bible, recognized my interest in reading the Bible at an early age. ...
 

Taylor's Miracle

Gwen Watson Fargo, ND USA
Hi my name is Gwen Watson. I want to share my story with you about my family and how Billy Graham touched our ...
 

The Three Bills

Doty Wagner North East, PA USA
In 1957, I went to NYC with my mother, my brother, and my grandmother. My grandmother was having a cancer oper...
 

Crump Stadium

JoAnn Austill Nesbit, MS USA
Billy, I was only 16 yrs old and my friend and her mother & I were attending your crusade, the same sta...
 

Rod Barkley Newton, NC USA
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15. All of us here at Paid In Full By ...
 

Souls Saved in China

Mark Czanderna Antioch Tennessee
Thank you Billy Graham and praise the Lord for an interview you did on the radio back in 1984-85. I saw the...
 

Ten Years Old in 1962...the Beginning of a Journey

Lisa LaRue Dallas, TX USA
I was only about nine or ten years old when I was sitting in front of our television set one afternoon in 1962...
 

America's Pastor

Johnnie Britton Memphis, TN USA
I never got to go to one of your crusades and I have never met you. Yet you seemed to know me. Thank you Ti...
 

Wilkinson Family's Experience

Sandra Preuss Mississippi
My grandparents went to a Billy Graham Crusade in the early 1950's and were very impressed that he said "Jacks...
 

Nancy Yuen Redlands, CA USA
WOW! Ever since I've been alive on this earth, which appears to be about 64 years now counting my 9 months in ...
 

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...
 

thechildrenofgod.org

Lowell Ford Beverly Hills, CA USA
Billy Graham has always been a part of my life since I can remember. I know my Mother took us (six children) t...
 

Thank You Billy

Sharon Hails Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
My grandparents watched you faithfully on TV as I was growing up. I continued the tradition and when my son wa...
 

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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