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From TV to heaven...

Ruth Bolin Canton, SD USA
My mother died May 12, 2007, just short of her 90th birthday. It was a day of celebration for her six children...
 
Liz Cook Decatur, TX USA
I just wanted to say, "THANK YOU" to Mr. Graham for his unwavering dedication to preaching the Word of God and...
 

Mom: The Bottle!

Robert Snyder North Syracuse, NY USA
My Mother, who passed on to her reward in Heaven last year, accompanied Me to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in ...
 

Being Saved

Murray Sadler ,
I was saved as a teenager by watching one of Billy Graham's Crusades. Thank you, Billy. I will see ...
 

Belfast, N. Ireland

Stan Sloan Hayward, CA
I have pictures of Dr.Graham when he was in Belfast,1946 I think it was, and him talking to my old Pastor Toch...
 

Thank you, Billy for the introduction

Kenneth Dreyer Emporia, KS, United States
Thank you, Billy for introducing the Bible and it's stories that include hope for salvation for even a sinner ...
 

The Words Which Saved My Life

Roxanne Wood Missouri
As a young girl I was amid the runaway/throway children back home in Florida living on Ft.Lauderdale beach. I ...
 

Grandson named after Billy

Carol Magnuson Fort Mill, South Carolina
Our daughter and husband, Kim and Brian Hajas were newly married and participated as counselors in Billy Graha...
 

Honor

Carol McSwain Hempstead, TX USA
Dear Rev. Graham: As a child growing up in Minneapolis, I heard your name often. My sweet, precious little ...
 

Thank you

Denise Bryan Quakertown, PA USA
I was listening to 88.9 WordFM on my way to work on Friday & listened to you (Boz) talk about the website....
 

World Leader

Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...
 

My Hope America

Adam Morgan Dallas, TX
I write this on November 6th, a day before our country sees what will be a "historical marker" for years and y...
 

Training Others to be Evangelists

Ruth Radmacher Portland, Oregon, United States
My husband, Earl Radmacher, attended all the meetings of the Billy Graham Crusade in Portland, Oregon, in 1950...
 

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...
 

Jeanne Mellott Baker City, OR USA
  Back in 1991 or '92, your ministry caME to Portland, Oregon. My mother-in-law had been praying a ver...
 

Too Young?

Karen Price , MT USA
When you came to Boise, Idaho, years ago, I attended with a friend and my 2-1/2 year-old daughter. While waiti...
 

Dolores Beresford Grass Valley, CA USA
I was a 24yr old woman living in Lake Tahoe Calif. I worked with several people, but most notably were two men...
 

Thanks Brother Graham

Pauline Hart Yankeetown, FL USA
I never got to go see him in person. I use to watch him on tv as a child then as an adult. If he was on I was ...
 

That Night I Understood

Jennifer Morgan Lighthouse Point, FL USA
Thank you Billy, It was May of 1980 in Indianapolis, I can remember the anticipation waiting to attend my fir...
 

Thank God Billy Graham was born!!!

Paula Emmett Louisville, KY
I may not know Jesus as my savior had I not listened to Mr. Graham as a child. I was born to a very dysfunc...
 

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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