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My husband to be's salvation

Sharon Irvin Melbourne, Florida, United States
My husband-to-be Jim was reared Catholic. When we met 43 years ago he was "drifting" so to speak-- no family a...
 
Larry Spach Charlotte, NC USA
In 1954, Easter Sunday in Winston Salem, my dad asked Jesus into his heart listening to Billy on the radio at ...
 

I once was lost, but now I see...

Allison Havemann Colwyn, PA USA
I battled depression all my life. I had parents that told me I was a loser and useless despite my almost perfe...
 

The Three Bills

Doty Wagner North East, PA USA
In 1957, I went to NYC with my mother, my brother, and my grandmother. My grandmother was having a cancer oper...
 

Staff Devotions

Derek Turner , NC USA
My respect for Billy Graham has always been high. But that respect grew tremendously after my interaction with...
 

Man of God

William Perry Tucson, AZ USA
I wish that there were more men like Billy Graham in the world, it would be such a great place to live. I star...
 

Mr. Graham who blessed the world and made it a better place!

Shirley Esau 100 Mile House, BC, Canada
You willl have a special place in the Kingdom, Mr. Graham. Thank you for the opportunity to work in the 1981 S...
 

AS A CHILD

BRENDA PIERCE Asheboro, NC USA
WHEN I WAS ABOUT 8, I WOULD LISTEN TO BILLY GRAHAM ON TV. I GREW TO LOVE THE WORD OF GOD AND READ IT FOR MYSEL...
 

Better Late Than Never!

Franklin Kirksey Spanish Fort, AL USA
Better Late Than Never! By Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey In September 1993, at the conclusion of my first sermon...
 

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...
 

Salvation *call*

Mabel Muhar Boca Raton, FL USA
My name is Mabel and my daughter's name is Raquel. In 1993 when Mr. Graham came to Pittsburgh through my churc...
 

Time with the Grahams

Dot Knuckles Bradenton, FL
In the mid 80's my husband and I attended a Kiwanis convention in Orlando. Our guest speaker was Rev. Billy Gr...
 

Eastern Europe Encouraged!

Lazar Iren Miercurea Ciuc, Romania
Greetings from Romania. It's so wonderful to remember the time when our dear brother Billy Graham preached in ...
 

My Grand-Father

Mary Doherty Syracuse, New York USA
I want to share with you how my Grand-Father was a great fan of Billy Graham. When he would hear that Billy wa...
 

Happy 94th birthday

Mary Goertzen Niverville, MB, Canada
I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to Billy Graham! I've enjoyed your massages all these years and your faith...
 

Christina Cravens Sacramento, CA USA
Hi my name is Christina, I have watched many of Billy Graham Crusades. I have always enjoyed watching his m...
 

Thank you Billy!

Craig Fowler Fresno, CA USA
I attended your 1989 crusades at the old Wembley Stadium in London, and a little before that, the simulcast in...
 

My grandmother

Joanne Crosby Gray, ME USA
Our family has always watched the crusades on TV throughout the years and greatly benefited from them. My only...
 

Marsha Prince huntington, WV USA
Where do I start? I cannot think of another man of God on this earth that I have more respect for. I was raise...
 

Christian Garcia Homestead, FL USA
I am a 30 year old pastor of a church in Miami, Florida. Since I got saved back in 1995, I've heard of Billy G...
 

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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