I remember Billy Graham

He has been such an influence on my life that I am proud to say, “I came to the Lord through Billy Graham.”

Pastor Billy Graham

Here’s my story.

I was 8 years old when Billy Graham came to NYC for the 1957 Crusade. My mom and I sat on the balcony for one of the afternoon sermons.

The place was full—wall-to-wall. We were up so high, Billy Graham was the size of a pinpoint standing at the lectern. Yet, it was emotional to see and hear someone so on fire for Christ.

When Pastor Graham invited everyone to come forward and commit to the Lord, I turned to my mom, hesitated, and then said, “Let’s go.” I still shake a bit when I think back to that day, to that minute.

We took the elevator to the basement where hundreds of people were standing around. I wondered when I would get to see Billy Graham up close. After a while, we were moved to a room and met by a young man who prayed with us and gave us some literature.

I didn’t meet Billy Graham that day, but that wasn’t the point. I did make a public commitment to Christ.

Best day of my life.

If you have a Billy Graham experience you would like to share, please contact me. I will work with you to publish your story here,

John Russo