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The Intelligent Man

Mellisa Fernandez Los Osos, CA USA
I was in my senior year in high school when my two best friends died in separate car accidents six months apar...
 

I found purpose

Ray de Vial Kendal, Cumbria UK
As a restless 14 year old, with no understanding of God and no awareness of Jesus, with a 50 year old father w...
 

I'm now an agnostic

Hadin Palacios seattle, wa usa
I now am an agnostic. 99% of me doesn't know if God exists, and rejects such belief on the basis of the incomp...
 

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...
 
Louise Johnson Sarasota, FL USA
When I was a teenager growing up on Staten Island, in New York City, I was privileged. Along with some of my f...
 

One of the Happiest Days of my Life

Donna Parker Warwick Colorado Springs, CO
IN 1963, when I was 10 years old I attended a Billy Graham crusade that was held at our local high school in L...
 
Helen Davis North Forth Myers, FL USA
Many years ago, in Washington D.C, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Graham and I told him that my husband wa...
 

I THANK JESUS CHRIST

Ivette Woods Jersey City, NJ USA
Hi brother...God bless you. I thank God for your life. I thank God for keeping you, guiding you and teaching y...
 

THE LASTING DIFFERENCE

Cindy Hylrin Plano, TX USA
I want to say THANK YOU for your ministry to my life. About a year ago I first started watching the "Billy Gra...
 
Anselm Miller Johnston, RH USA
When I was a teenager I had friends in school but I was still not happy with myself. When school was over for ...
 

Thank you

Betty Johnson Decatur, GA USA
Dear Dr. Graham: I would like to say thank you for being such a gift to the body of Christ for all these year...
 

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...
 

Dora Stacey Versailles, KY USA
I watch Billy on TV ever time i found out he was going to be on it. and one night god told me there is a man n...
 

Ellen Sewell , USA
Dear Rev. Graham, I do not have a lot to say, but I just wanted to let you know this: When I am confused...
 

Billy showed me there was a God. I just tried to love everyone and help everyone.

Rosa Rivera Carson City, NV USA
Revised 09/02/07 RE: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH * PLEASE READ I would like to write this article for domest...
 

He is Real

Jerry Davis Jackson, SC USA
For 32 years I was in the world and of it. I always thought I was a good guy because I wasn't as bad as others...
 

Vicki Hall Parkersburg, WV USA
I am writing to thank Rev. Graham for his life and commitment to the Gospel. My husband was saved in a crusade...
 

GREAT BLESSINGS

Alberta Walls , USA
I am currently reading your autobiogaphy and it is a great blessing and exciting to see how all over the world...
 

Cheryl Ford Chula Vista, CA USA
The time was June 1972. The place was Dallas, TX. The event was in 72. My husband Clay was a youth pastor, and...
 

My Mother

Lorraine Van Rooyen Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Australia
I attended the Billy Graham Crusade..the first one in Sydney...as a counselor. I was also in the choir. I took...
 

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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