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Just As I Am

Karen Peckham NB, Canada
I was a young 10 year old when I went forward at a Leighton Ford crusade. After that I sung in crusade choirs ...
 

Was Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Now Everything!

Helen MacDonald Rupert, ID USA
TOTAL fear swatted me completely. In a second's time. Fear of everything entered me. Age 22. Alone, at home...
 

Thank you Jesus and Billy Graham

Margie Haase Anaheim, CA, United States
I had been raised in a family that had never talked about God. Never went to church, nothing. I simply had nev...
 
Patricia Combs WALSTONBURG, NC USA
My name is Patricia Pierce Combs and I am from Farmville, NC. I can remember as a child my parents making rema...
 

Kids sure are smart!

Lydia Warner Lyons, IN USA
My father, mother, brother and I were watching the 1982 Billy Graham Crusade on TV. At the end of the program,...
 
Adriane Mitchel Brooklyn, NY USA
I've only seen Dr. Billy Graham once in person. Of course, I have seen him numerous times on television. I liv...
 

HOLY !

joseph rogers conroe, tx US
I AM JOSEPH I ATTEND A Southern Baptist Church here in Conroe,TX. West Conroe Baptist my pastor is James Gross...
 
Edwin & Joyce Ketterling Libertyville, IL USA
We praise our God for your faithfulness in presenting His gospel. We are thankful to God for Ruth's admonishme...
 

Unforgetable day in Romania

Tina Patan Portland, OR USA
It was about 27 yers ago when Mr.Graham visited Romania. For a communist country at that time it was out of th...
 
Diane Zehnder Bellevue, WA USA
Dr. Graham Thank you for being an unchanging, constant, humble servant of God, and an example of God's love...
 

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...
 

Carole Lily Lynchburg, VA USA
The power and presence of GOD has flowed through Rev. Billy Graham to the world - but especially to me. I h...
 

Faithful Servant

Jennifer Lombardi Omaha, NE USA
I am deeply appreciate all Billy Graham has done to honor our Father in Heaven. With his wisdom I have learned...
 

Ongoing legacy

Julie Feher Glossop, SA Australia
Dearest Reverend Graham, I really wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your life long work...
 

Thank You Billy... from Canada

Patricia Murtagh Canada
Billy Graham and his team have been a constant good influence on me since I was a young teen and sang in his c...
 

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...
 

To the Graham family

Rachel Shepard Salisbury, NC USA
Mr. Graham I have watched you on television for 60 years, what a blessing you have been to me. My mother loved...
 

Remembering Mom & Billy Graham

Julie Van Inwagen Hazen, ND
I remember back when I was just a kid, back when you only got 2 or 3 TV channels (black & white) and how o...
 

Strength of Voice

Brenda Tan Jamul, CA USA
Dear Mr. Graham: I thank God for the amazing strength of your voice. The happiness and peace and hope it br...
 

I Owe to I Own

Lori Wilson , USA
Crusades bless thousands in each city. My blessing is of a more personal nature. I was working at a small Chri...
 

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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