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Scott Wright Mount Holly, NC USA
Dear Rev. Graham, First of all, I send sincere condolences on the loss of your wife. I can't imagine the loss...
 

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...
 

THE LASTING DIFFERENCE

Cindy Hylrin Plano, TX USA
I want to say THANK YOU for your ministry to my life. About a year ago I first started watching the "Billy Gra...
 

Legacy

Ronda Kinnett Columbus, OH
Since I was little, I have always loved listening to you preach. Thank you for your faithfulness to God. It's ...
 

Just As I Am

Marye Anne Sibold Chattanooga, TN
In 1953, you came and I went forth at the invitation. That day, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior and my ...
 

Thank you for Giving to the Lord

Shirley Souto Paramus, NJ USA
Like the song Thank you for Giving to the Lord, Billy because you have given yourself to the lord dedicated yo...
 

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...
 

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...
 
Susan Mettert Westland, MI USA
It was a long time ago when I was a young girl and I went to a crusade at the chapel of Burben Street. Billy G...
 
Marsha Prince huntington, WV USA
Where do I start? I cannot think of another man of God on this earth that I have more respect for. I was raise...
 

Amber Frye Winchester, VA USA
Dear Dr. Graham, I want to offer my deepest sympathy for losing your dearest Ruth. I know that you have lost y...
 

Those Were Truly Great Days

Dorthy Harris Melbourne, Australia
Thank you Billy! I remember as a young child going to your Crusade here in Melbourne, Australia with my parent...
 

Since Way Back When...

Priscilla TAN Fresno, CA USA
Stacks of "Decision" magazine sat somewhere in the small drugstore in our home in Indonesia. It was the 1970s....
 

You are an inspiration to us, Billy Graham!

Lora Mae Lent Loganville, GA USA
Thank you Billy Graham for your faithfulness in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that ALL ar...
 

Rosemary Lawson ,
I am truly grateful for the ministry of Dr. Billy Graham. In 1981, I was Born Again through this ministry whil...
 

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...
 

Esteban Egea Plano, TX USA
I have watched Billy Graham's crusades on television many times, and have his small book "Hope for Every Day: ...
 

Passing down the baton

Leo Pierre-Jerome , FL USA
What an amazing journey you've had. I remember, as a toddler, watching some of your crusades on television. I ...
 

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 ...
 

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...
 

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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