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Aram Tchividjian West Palm Beach, FL
Again was I suddenly recalled to my immediate surroundings by a repetition of the weird moan from the depths o...
 
Frank Emrich Pacific,
My name is Pastor Frank Emrich. When I was young and foolish, I disliked Billy Graham. I would even mock him a...
 

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...
 

Billy Graham Stopped The Chaos

Carolyn Pearl Kansas City, MO USA
From the time I was a tiny girl, mu father had a raging temper. He abused my mother physically and mentally. M...
 

Encounter in Nigeria

Elva Hoover Lakeland, FL USA
My name is Elva Hoover. While serving as national director of the Assemblies of God Women's Ministries (1976-1...
 

Don't forget to go to church

Suzette Keramidas Waterford, CT
After my mother died, I stopped going to church for ten years. In those ten years, I would always watch your b...
 
Herbert Carter ,
  I was a bible college student preparing for the ministry in North Carolina. On a Sunday afternoon in...
 

In Front of the TV

David Morton, PhD Lakeland, FL USA
In 1973, at the age of 25, I assumed the pastorate of a church in Panama City, FL. I immediately met "Lottie a...
 

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...
 

Happy Birthday Billy

John Browne Bermuda Dunes, Calif. USA
I accepted the LORD after reading your book World Aflame on February the 5th,1971. Later I ushered for one of...
 

A Seed of Faith

Brenda Thompson Warren, MI USA
I wanted to tell my story, because at the age of 8 years old Pastor Graham planted the first real seed of fait...
 

Grace and Love

Marian Dirks Duluth, MN USA
In the summer of 1961, my husband, Bill, and I were asked by my cousin to go to a Billy Graham Crusade at the ...
 

Thank You

Joseph Basler Spartanburg, SC, United States
Thank you, Dr Graham, for your lifetime of faithfulness. My parents took me to see you in Norfolk, VA in 1974....
 

The best friend I never met

Martin Gibeau arvada, CO USA
It's hard to put into words what Billy means to me. He's my hero. I so look forward to meeting him and telling...
 

Gary Wildt ,
Thank You Billy for all the years you have spoke to me through the Word of God and for always remaining the sa...
 

Billy Graham and My Life

Carol L Lancaster Louisiana
As a chile, I too, watched Billy Graham on TV in my mother's living room, and I have loved him ever since. He...
 

Once Upon A Time

Ana Brugueras Freshe Meadows, NY USA
Once upon a time there live a lady by the name of Ana Ortiz. Ana lived in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan, New York ...
 

A Servant

patty beigay Newton, NC USA
I just want to wish Billy a Happy Birthday today being his day. I have already wrote my story of how he touche...
 

In The Eyes of A Child

Victoria Cole Jacksonville, FL USA
As I set on the floor in our family room, I listened quitely watching T.V. as the Rev. Billy Graham preached t...
 

Age 8 and the Television Crusades

Annie New Port Richey, FL, United States
My grandmother was staying with my family so Mom could work. She enjoyed watching the television crusades. Thi...
 

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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