Growing up in an Air Force family, I was always moving and therefore had no church home. The air base held a Sunday service, but not distinct in denomination. I was always hungry for God, but didn’t understand anything about Him. My mother told me stories about how she was stationed in Germany while expecting me, and the incredible lonliness she felt. She turned on the radio and she heard the voice of Billy Graham. It was a poignant moment for her as she sat in a foreign country awaiting my fathers return from flying. It comforted her in such a way that she never forgot it. That was 1956, and now fast forward to 1967 when I was home alone one evening. We were stationed in Goldsboro, NC. Because my father was a fighter pilot, he was out of the country. My mother and siblings were out of the house one evening, and I turned on the TV and noticed that Billy Graham was on..so I listened and was fascinated that he could speak to my heart. I had never felt God’s presence so strongly, and was surprised that there could be such a peace in my heart. I wanted more and when Billy prayed at the end of the telecast, I prayed with him. I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and to come in my heart.
From that day on my life changed, and has never been the same. For a family who is always uprooted and can never really call any place home, Billy Graham gave me roots, and I can always think back to one moment in time, one place, when I was a teenager and feel at home. For a family who served their country, and for the many times that my father was away on missions, Billy Graham filled a need in my life. He was away from his family, too. His mission was of a different kind..an eternal one and it changed my destiny. Now I am fifty years old and my four children and my husband know the Lord. Who knows how far reaching our lives will go, but I know it will be great. I want to say thank you to Billy Graham and his family for their faithfulness. I am so grateful, words are not enough to convey what is in my heart.
Thank you for helping me come home.