See What He Will Do…


About two years ago the Billy Graham Association was asking for email stories of how Billy Graham’s Evangelical Outreach had touched our lives. I sent in the story of my Pop’s conversion. Previously to this request, when our daughter was at Wheaton College in Illinois we were able to visit the Billy Graham Museum on campus. Emotions came to the surface when I saw the photos from the Los Angeles Crusade at the Coliseum in 1963. I knew my dad and I were somewhere in that photo of the stadium filled to overflowing.


I sent in my story hoping that Billy would hear and know that I thanked God for his devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it impacted my family.


What a thrill to get this book in the mail this past month, skimming through and seeing my story about Pop published.



I can hardly wait to show my Mom and Pop the book…

My parents are soon turning 86 and 85.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

31 thoughts on “See What He Will Do…

  1. Oh Ellen, how wonderful! Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful story, and I would love to see the look on your parent’s faces when they see this! Just think of all of the people you and your parents will be ministring to through this book. laurie

  2. Congratulations….what a wonderful highlight and tribute to your parents. They look so healthy…Enjoy your time sharing this story with them.

  3. Oh Ellen, I am in tears…. but very good tears;) What precious precious folk your parents are! And what a wonderful gift it will be when they see this book with your telling of their story in it. I can’t imagine how much it will mean to them to know that their own story is now written down so many people to read and be moved by… people that haven’t even been born yet will likely read about them and praise the Lord! I can’t imagine a more wonderful gift for a parent to receive from a daughter♥

  4. Romans 10:How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

    How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! Billy and your folks have beautiful feet!

    (And I love that picture of them!)

  5. This was so moving, Ellen. What a testimony and what an encouragement to those who will read it that God can work through a willing, humble servant. I wish I could see their faces when they see the book and their story published.

  6. So very wonderful, is our God! I am so glad you sent in your story and now it is touching even more lives. You are so blessed in the parents God gave you.

  7. I was so blessed by your post today, Ellen. Thank you for sharing — and congratulations on ‘being published’!


  8. To God be the glory! This is such an inspiring story of that journey and a tribute to Billy Graham too. When I think of your large family and the impact of your dad’s conversion…and then think of All the lives that were changed through Billy Graham it is just amazing. God bless the Bagdanofs…. and the Bogdanofs.

  9. I feel inadequate to say anything……but to say thank you for sending in this beautiful story….for your Dad following God’s call….for the many, many, many lives who have been touched and saved because of your Pop’s decision…..for the GREAT Blessing it is to have my own son be under the wing of Deda (grandfather of his wife)!!!!!! As Kathy B said…”To God be the Glory..Great things He hath done”.

    my lv to you Ellen

  10. Ellen, I love this post and I hope it is okay with you if I add the link of it to the History page on Mennonite Girls Can Cook. I think it is so wonderful that though have different backgrounds they merge so beautifully.

  11. How totally awesome! What a great story…and how wonderful to see that your parents have been used to impact the lives of many in Russia. God is so good!

  12. What a thrill for your dad and mom! and what a wonderful testimony of God`s grace.

    I`m sure we`ll be getting that book – I can hardly wait to say, I`m friend`s with her! 🙂

    you know – in a sort of casual, oh by the way, tone


  13. What a glorious day it was! Congratulations Ellen for your publication! You have amazing parents and it’s just wonderful to see how God act through the years. All the best to them and to you as you raise another generation of God-honoring children, and their children…

  14. Ellen, what a story to light the way for following generations. I love that your story was published in the book… and I love that your parents had the God-given opportunity to go back to their Russian village and share the good news of the gospel that saved them!

  15. Ellen, I am so blessed today to see this story! This week we watched all clips of Billy Graham from the 50’s – the message is just as powerful now!

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  17. That is so cool! What a story..I went to a crusade too..I think I was about jr. high school age and same location..

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  19. “…so great a cloud of witnesses…” A marvelous testimony and heritage; wonderful hearing how God brought your family so far both physically and spiritually. I LOVED reading this, thank you for your recent post referencing this one.

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