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Thank you!

Linda Hough Norlthfield, OH USA
Mr. Graham, When I heard that you where coming to Cleveland to our "old" stadium - I asked my girlfriend Mary ...
 

God's Faithful Pursuit of Me..using Billy Graham

Candace Harris Mechanicsburg, PA USA
I was raised in a Christian home. In fact, I am the the fourth generation of reborn Christians. However, somet...
 

Mine is a typical story, but my own.

Angela Ambrose Vienna, VA USA
My grandmother, who had given me my first Bible, recognized my interest in reading the Bible at an early age. ...
 

My First Billy Graham Crusade

Lamar Huffstutler Dallas, TX
When Texas Stadium opened in Irving Texas, the first event was a Billy Graham Crusade. My dear family, we were...
 

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...
 
Jim Bodsworth San Salvador, El Salvador
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INSPIRED BY DR. GRAHAM'S MESSAGES MAY OUR FATHER BLESS YOU ALWAYS.
 

Among Unbelievers

Cindy Guckenberg Fort Wayne, IN USA
Many years ago, I was a young divorced woman raising two small children with no help. We were living in my par...
 

God Bless Billy Graham

Zachary Uram Pittsburgh, PA USA
Thank You, Dr.Graham for your life of evangelization and being faithful to Christ's command to spread the Good...
 

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...
 

Life's Added Blessings

Alice Driskell Otsego, MN USA
It was my honor to work with the BGEA located in Minneapolis MN -- from 1986 to 1991 ... most of the time ther...
 

Hope

Narcissa Nolen Sherrard, IL USA
I have hope in Christ Jesus because of people like you and the holy word of God that you have made known throu...
 

Laura Hall Marietta, OH USA
I was deeply touched by your messages during my teenage years. I wanted to serve God and found strength in you...
 

The Greatest Modern Servant for the Lord

Cleveland, Ohio
Rev. Graham, I had the privilege to attend a crusade at the old municipal stadium and it was an unforgettable ...
 

How Billy is changing my life

Sharon Phillips Seoul South Korea
I grew up with severely strict mother and grandmother, and shows like the 700 Club were always playing on the ...
 

Remembrance

Frank Allen Ocean City, NJ usa
I'm just ten younger than you so my life has almost parallel yours. My first memory of you was when you spoke ...
 

Being saved at 15

Kathleen Desrosiers Mounds View, MN USA
I went to crusade at the fair grounds with my parents. I was excited as I was also at the Crusade held in Madi...
 

My Grandmother's in Heaven Because of Billy

Peggy Gillis Lake Placid, FL USA
You know the Lord puts a desire in your heart and then brings it forward to glorify God. A month ago my grandm...
 

Zachariah King Evansville, IN
I grew up watching videos of your crusades and it was then that I knew I was called to be in the ministry. I h...
 

Just Blessed

Diana Clancy Lubbock, TX USA
I grew up in a church which did not teach the Bible. I was fervent, and often attended services daily, even as...
 

Sue Hall Hixson, TN USA
Dear Dr Graham & Family; We want to say our hearts are with you at this time and we thank you and your ...
 

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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