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Billy Graham Crusade 1978

Mike Fornicoia Apple Valley, MN USA
I have been a follower of Billy Graham's for over 30 years and had the opportunity to serve at one of the Crus...
 

Thank God I'm Saved!!

Marya Rutherford Union, Oh USA
I was sixteen when I attended the crusade with my cousins. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. In ...
 
Gena Hood Canton, GA USA
I've never gotten to meet you, although I did get to attend one of your crusades a few years ago. I do not hav...
 

I had hell scared right out of me!

Shirley Kathryn Kingsland, TX USA
I was a church-goer all of my life! I was born on a "baptist blanket!" More than that, I have loved Jesus as f...
 

Just for Billy

Eric Melanson Yucaipa, CA USA
Billy I would like to thank you for your ministry. I am 29 and have rededicated my life to Christ as of July 1...
 

Third Generation

Miriam Maldonado Astoria, NY USA
Hi Billy, I never had a chance to thank you for your sacrifice. My father who was born in Puerto Rico and h...
 

Sincere Thanks

Sonia Pershin Miami, FL USA
Dr. Graham, I just wanted to give you my sincere thanks for leading so many people to the Lord. I am one of...
 

Your Passion Inspired Me

Irene Batebe Entebbe Municipality, Central Region, Uganda
I have been watching the Billy Graham series on LTV in Uganda every sunday night. I am grateful that God chose...
 

New Creation in Christ

Rachel Martinez Robinson Yorktown, TX USA
My name is Rachel Martinez Robinson. As a child I was brought up in a Christian home, but I did not make a dec...
 

Thank You, Dr. Graham

Thomas Beaman Jr Fort Worth, TX
Thank you so much, Dr. Graham, for the inspiration and dedication you have for Jesus Christ. You are an inspir...
 

Thanks for Everything

Krystal Grooters Raleigh, nc USA
Dear Dr. Graham, I wanted to thank you for all of the guidance and encouragement that you have give...
 

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...
 

Recalling 50 yrs.ago....

John Skeie New Hope, MN USA
Dear Billy & friends of BGEA. With great joy and thankfulness to the Lord, I remember the year of 1957. It...
 

watch billy on t.v

candace white saskatoon, sask canada
When I was just a little girl, I alwaysed watch Billy Graham on t.v. and I become a Christian when I was in Sa...
 

Lexy Capp Henderson, NV USA
Billy Graham and Ruth Graham have represented our Lord Jesus Christ with a standard of excellence! I am deligh...
 

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 &...
 

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 ...
 

Born Again

Judith Buchanan Germantown, MD USA
I want to share my story of how God used the faithful preaching of Billy Graham to introduce me to a relations...
 

Vicki Wood Gaffney, SC USA
  I would like to share briefly how your obedience to God's instructions has made a difference in my l...
 

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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