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Norma Vannoy Forest, VA USA
Since l970 I have been thanking God for Billy Graham. While watching a telecast in August, I heard him ask the...
 

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...
 

The Best Preacher in the world

Pat Catline Bridgetown, Barbados
I watch Billy Graham on T V and I think he is the greates preacher in the world. When he gets to heaven, God i...
 
LaFaye Grooms Forrest, VA USA
Dear Billy, My story is about the goodness of God and His peace that surpasses all of my understanding. You h...
 

My Son is waiting for me in Heaven

Jean Godfrey Carrollton, GA USA
My Son, Clayton, was 14 years old when he was watching a Billy Graham Crusade in his bedroom. He later came ou...
 
Dolores Beresford Grass Valley, CA USA
I was a 24yr old woman living in Lake Tahoe Calif. I worked with several people, but most notably were two men...
 

From Generation to Generation

Joe Davis Waco, TX USA
Dear Brother Graham, In 1951 or 1952, you held a tent revival in Shreveport, Louisiana. My mother, Ethel Da...
 

Opening my heart to something unseen

Regina Marcant Berryville, AR, United States
My whole life, I was raised hearing about Jesus. My grandfather was a Baptist preacher at a small country chur...
 

Messages of Spiritual Healing

Katherine Grover United States
When I was a little girl in rural Dent County, MO, my mother would always watch Billy Graham's crusades on TV,...
 
Rosemary Lawson ,
I am truly grateful for the ministry of Dr. Billy Graham. In 1981, I was Born Again through this ministry whil...
 

Not Proud But Humble

Dawn Morgan New Providence, PA USA
"Not Proud but Humble" I did a lot of things in my younger life that I am not proud of. These things affect...
 

I had hell scared right out of me!

Shirley Kathryn Kingsland, TX USA
I was a church-goer all of my life! I was born on a "baptist blanket!" More than that, I have loved Jesus as f...
 

Belfast, N. Ireland

Stan Sloan Hayward, CA
I have pictures of Dr.Graham when he was in Belfast,1946 I think it was, and him talking to my old Pastor Toch...
 

A Blessed Time To Remember

Vicki Kramer Colesburg, IA USA
Our United Methodist youth group of a little town called Colesburg, Iowa (population approximately 400), raise...
 

A Testimony a Child Can Understand

Glenna Jackson Houston, TX USA
The Astrodome was a few years old and it was my first time inside. But what thrilled me was the simple message...
 

A Day In the Life of a Junior Counselor

Dick Syfrett Lakeland, FL USA
In the summer of 1965, I was a Junior Counselor at Camp Ridgecrest in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. The staffer...
 

Preacher to Filmmaker

Juan Zavaleta Chicago, IL USA
Ever since I was about five years old I wanted to be a filmmaker. After becoming a born-again believer at the ...
 

one more in heaven

Mary G. , USA
Like so many others, Jesus Christ reached into my heart through Billy's faithful proclamation of the Gospel...
 

Ed LaRossa ,
I was into drugs and was very lost as a teenager around 1971 and the only preacher I heard of was Billy Graham...
 

Somebody Honest

Lara Gravenor Parkrand Boksburg, Gauteng South Africa
An evangelist who doesn't steal the vast amounts of money that people donate to him but puts himself on a norm...
 

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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