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Those Were Truly Great Days

Dorthy Harris Melbourne, Australia
Thank you Billy! I remember as a young child going to your Crusade here in Melbourne, Australia with my parent...
 

Thank you

Ayad Bebawy Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Thank you for your witness to God's amazing grace all your life long, you have provided a unique model of what...
 

Thank You

Laurie Davis Urbandale, IA USA
I was in Augusta, Georgia in 1996 with my 3 year old daughter and I was at my wits end...I called in to the 80...
 

The Call to Evangelism

Sherryl Zaske Brooklyn Park, MN USA
Dear Billy, Thank you first of all for being faithful to the call of God on your life. As you preached to t...
 

Just As I Am

Marye Anne Sibold Chattanooga, TN
In 1953, you came and I went forth at the invitation. That day, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior and my ...
 
Ashley Smith ,
I remember my father, an alcoholic atheist, telling me to sit down and watch Billy Graham on TV one night. He ...
 

My prayers answered on a plane....

Maurilla Sewares Islamorada, FL USA
I was a flight attendant for many years. Usually on my drive to the airport,I spent time praying. One morning,...
 

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...
 

Every Time

Karen Oliver Richmond, VA USA
Everytime that Billy Graham had a crusade on TV, I felt compelled to view it. I knew that I would hear the pur...
 
Cherie Howard Santa Ana Heights, CA USA
Dearest Billy Graham, I have watched and listened to you over the past 36 years. I was so excited to see &...
 

Legacy

Ronda Kinnett Columbus, OH
Since I was little, I have always loved listening to you preach. Thank you for your faithfulness to God. It's ...
 

Vicki Bowman ,
Most honorable servants of God, Rev. Graham and Ruth: My grandmother used to make my brother and I watch your ...
 

We Love Billy

Anne Sheridan Canada
Dear Billy: You have been a household name since I was a child...you are so loved by all... thank you for ...
 

Paul Wood Virginia Beach, VA USA
For as long as I can remember, I have counted Dr. and Mrs. Graham among my heroes. While I never had the privi...
 

Growing In My Faith In Jesus

Sheila Harbin Toronto, Ontario Canada
Dear Billy: I was already a believer and follower of Jesus Christ when you came to Toronto in 1995. I signe...
 

Michael Shishido Honolulu, HI USA
Dear Mr. Graham, I used to work for you, though you probably didn't know it. In June of 1998 I became Progr...
 

Betty Springer Seattle, WA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...
 

Thank you Billy Graham

Alvin Blackmore Houston, TX USA
Since I was old enough to watch TV, My Family and I would run to the Black and White Television and watch Bill...
 

I heard your voice before I was born

Heather Dawson, MD Charleston, SC USA
Dr. Graham, you came to Toronto Canada 1955 the year my parents were expecting me so I heard your voice before...
 

Jill Butler Forrest, VA USA
Thank you Ruth and Billy for your unselfish giving of your lives to teach others of the great love of Jesus Ch...
 

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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