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Jesus Saves! Roseburg, Oregon

Irma Sawyer Vaughn, WA USA
I am of Puerto Rican heritage. My parents were born in Puerto Rico and went to New York City as young folks an...
 
Larry G Shelton , USA
I gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham Crusade when I was 10. As a Senior Pastor for the last 24 years I ha...
 
David Mead Dickson, TN USA
I have two special Billy Graham stories, 25 years apart: I was 12 years old when Billy came to Pittsburg PA...
 
Wayne Moulton Greenwood, IN USA
My Story with Billy & Ruth Graham. In 1968, I was drafted into the US Army. It wasn't long maybe a year...
 

Call Center Worker

Theresa Jones Erwin, TN USA
I was able to work in a Call Center for the Billy Graham Television Ministry. That experience was truly a Bles...
 

Heaven in my fathers heart

Kathyn Hall Traverse City, MI USA
Several years ago my father became very ill. He had several strokes and then his heart began to fail. As a chi...
 

The Cove

Cindy Hollifield , USA
The Ministry of the Cove covered me for about 5 years. I was able to see it as a home and it was the place whe...
 

Long walk to the front

Mickey Radcliff Van Buren, AR
It was - as I can best recall - 1964 at a place called "Jet Stadium" in Columbus, Ohio. My Mom, God rest her s...
 

Blessed for life

Murray Cox Newburgh, IN USA
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM, MY WIFE AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH OF A BLESSING YOU HAVE BEEN IN OUR LIVES. ...
 

Words Cannot Express

S Good Virginia
Dear Billy, Words cannot express how much your television programs have blessed my life throughout the year...
 

Man of God

Valerie Oneil Oswego, NY USA
Thank you Billy Graham. I am a 59 yr old widow and i have a great faith. I am a Christian Catholic and your wo...
 

Waling the sawdust trail

Linda Brown Saint Paris, OH USA
I was a young teenager and was at church camp at Winona Lake, Indiana. There was a Billy Sunday Tabernacle the...
 

Mary Ann Hammer Santa Rosa, CA USA
Dear Rev. Graham & Family: How can I EVER thank you enough for the tremendous influence you have had in my...
 

Wendy Fisher ,
My husband was saved at one of your crusades in New York when he was young -that must have been around 1958. H...
 

Chad H Rockford, MN USA
I met Billy Graham in 1986 in St. Paul Minnesota at the Alliance 100th Celebration at the St. Paul Civic Cente...
 

Valerie parrott- jackson CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD USA
am very young compared to many, but watching you on TBN has been a true blessing to me. Just to see the compas...
 

William Turk Crown Point, IN USA
Back in Jackson, MS in 1952 when I was 12 years old, I watched my father join others and Billy in removing the...
 

A Strong Influence

Ed Sinke Tyler, TX, United States
Growing up in a non religious /catholic home with Dutch immigrant parents who surrived slave labor camps and t...
 

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...
 

Marlene Orr West Jordan, UT USA
I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1966 at the age of 28. It was the most important decision...
 

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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