When I was planning on going on my missionary trip to Cambodia last year, I felt like a lot of people didn’t think I was ready for the journey I was about to take. Donnie came up to me after service and told me God gave me that calling for a reason and prayed with me. He gave me confidence in my relationship with Christ and with the journey I was about to make.
I am 44 years old. I have known Donnie since His first camp. He took the time to come and talk to me in the midst of hundreds of kids at a busy camp to encourage me and speak into who I was as a beloved child of God and who God had called me to be. He saw who I would become. I was a shy insecure 12 year old. I have been a camper, a counselor and program staff at His camps. Every time I saw Him whether it was camp, a church, etc even up until last summer -He knew my name. People would tell me that He was asking if I was coming out to see Him and say hello or if I had seen Donnie because He was asking about me. I have always remembered that out of the thousands of people He ministered too He knew me by name and His, “Good to see you buddy!” Was always genuine. He would make it a point to find me, give me that smile and a hug. Love you Donnie!
To friends and family
Thank you for the sacrifice you made as a family to share Donnie with the rest of the world.
He was my pastor at radical reality camps in Chico CA.
My story of Donnie all started when I was 13 years old (10 years ago) I was invited by my church New Life in Marysville can to go to camp. I made the best decision I have ever made in my life. Little did I know I would go to that camp and have my life changed forever. Donnie and his team wowed us by rolling the frying pans, breaking bats and even tearing a phone book with his bare hands. He was the greatest pastor anyone has ever had. He impacted and touched my life. Before I even spoke a word to him, him and Joey steelman prayed over me. Donnie had his hand on my head and said “God she is going to be such a great doctor.” It blew my mind because I had never talked to Donnie before. Let alone tell him I wanted to be in the medical field. That was just one small gesture on how he has impacted my life and so many others. He was definitely blessed and lived a life I know very well that God is pleased with. It hurts my heart to know you are gone Donnie but it also gives me joy to know I will one day see you and my grandma and grandpa again.
To friends and family
My love and condolences to the family. You are loved and still blessed even through the midst of it all. THE LORD IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. when you see one set of foot steps it’s because he picked you up and is carrying you.
In 1996 I was newly saved & knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. My friend Shekina persuaded me to go a camp to see this great speaker named Donnie Moore because she knew it would change my life. We found out a church called ALF was going to Donnie’s camp the next day & we joined them, not knowing anyone else.
Without knowing much about speaking in tongues I made the decision to be prayed over on a Wednesday night. I was completely out in the Spirit for hours without any clue what had transpired.
Over the years I volunteered as a counselor, a super mean dean of women, a Program Staff Director, and now camp director with my husband. I felt it an honor, that even as a single young woman Donnie & Cindy believed in me & my giftings.
It’s been my honor to both serve at camp & become friends with Donnie, Cindy , Brooke, Anna & my husbands kindred spirit, DJ.
I have had many God moments over the last 21 while listening to Donnie Speak. I have also laughed a ton in his presence.
While living in Ensenada as a missionary at the Lords Gym I got to translate for different members of Radical Reality during a crusade. I can recall Donnie focusing all his love upon a huge orphan teenage boy named Felix. I can remember how he mentored him & doted upon this giant orphan boy, lavishing him with God’s pure love. A boy who everyone had abandoned , ignored & frankly was scared of was shown Gods ABBA Father unconditional love through your caring compassionate dad/husband/son. It has stuck with me these 18 years.
I’ve seen Donnie cradle broken & abused girls , pray for orphans, & give hope to the hurting for the last 21 years.
There is a bit of Donnie in all three of his children. Brooke’s heart for her family, the Glass Slippers Girls & her friends reminds me of Donnie’s compassion & love. Anna’s passioniate nature & zeal for life reminds me of Donnie infectious energy that captivated his audience. And DJ, Donnies thinner spitting image, is hilarious & such a showman, reminding me of his fathers uncanny ability to tell a story and make people laugh.
Cindy you have been such a great role model for me as a wife, mother & minister. You were such a great balance for Donnie. I’ve always loved seeing your love for each other & your children.
Mrs Moore, you raised a great man. He spoke of you & your husband with incredible love & fondness.
I am sorry if I went too long. I wanted you all to know our great love & respect for Donnie & your family.
If you would like to laugh please have Joey tell you the story of the hand motion in Mexico that did not mean the same thing there as it does here. Donnie & Joey had lots of laughs about that incident. If he doesn’t remember I’ll tell you someday.
Becky Milton & Milton Crew
I went to a chi alpha conference about 2 years ago in Huntsville and i heard him preach and man it changed my life it inspired me to step into my calling for evangelism
My first encounter with Donnie was when I was a freshman in high school I went with the Edison High Christian Club to Night of Champions at UOP Spanos Center. I was already a believer, but that night I knew there was more to God. So I started attending RAD Nite at Lakeview Assembly and every time Donnie preached God would tug at my heart. I went to the Easter Camps and it was there when I knew God was calling to be a preacher. Donnie spoke truth and love into my life. God used Donnie to draw me closer to Him. The foundation I stand on as a believer, man, husband, father, pastor, coach and Christian school teacher was laid by the ministry of Donnie Moore and Radical Reality. Thank you Donnie for being a good and faithful servant for our Lord!
To friends and family
My condolences and prayers are with you all. I know you miss his presence, but he’s in the presence of Him who he longed to be with. He’s more alive than any of us. May his legacy live on in all of us who heeded his words through the years.
I’m so thankful for his Radical Reality ministry camp every summer during my high school years. I looked forward to the week of camp every year.Donnie Moore helped me to grow my faith during high school and although I hit a rough patch after high school, I have never forgotten his conviction, his passion, and his life giving words as he prayed over me during camp one year when I responded to an alter call.
Donnie Moore was a father to the fatherless. His stories consumed me and inspired me over the years. Donnie is the reason I want to become a public speaker and maybe who knows- a pastor leading young people to the Lord like he did. He touched so many young lives and led so many to Christ.
I was truly honored to have met him. His legacy will live on for generations. We need more Donnie Moores in this world living fully unabashedly for Christ on this Earth.
Some of the most meaningful moments of my life happened at Radical Reality camp over the summer. I’ll never forget how I changed and others around me changed.
I thank God for his life and his obedience to the Lord’s call here on earth.
To friends and family
God has called his good and faithful servant Donnie Moore home! I rejoice with you for his life and morn with you for your loss on earth. My deepest sympathy in your time of grieving.
The time I was able to spend with Donnie was very brief, but I always felt a desire to reach higher for Jesus after we were through hanging out. He was a man of incredible strength, but his faith exceeded that even more. That’s what I take away most from this wonderful man of God. My mission is reaching and discipling student athletes at Sam Houston State University through Chi Alpha. I first met Donnie in October of 2016, when he was doing a talk with the baseball team here at SHSU and after he was through, I gave him a ride back to his hotel after we made a stop at Jack In The Box, so he could get tacos and tea with a lot of ice. During the drive, he asked if I was reaching student athletes here at SHSU. I told him that I wasn’t and Donnie began to share his heart with me as to why reaching these guys mattered. It really tugged at my heart and I knew that was the Holy Spirit. A year later, that would become my mission. I was so excited to learn that Donnie was going to be the main speaker at South Central SALT in 2017 and I had hoped that an opportunity would come that I’d be able to visit with him and share what I was now doing. My wife and I were about to get on the elevator in the hotel and out come Donnie. I felt kinda speechless at first, but then Donnie remembered my name and gave me a hug and I was quite surprised by that, seeing as how our first visit was brief. Donnie took some time to hangout with me during SALT to talk about his experiences in ministering to athletes and God used him to give me vision and more faith in what Jesus was going to accomplish through the guys I’m ministering to. That would be the last time I would get to hangout with Donnie in person. We had what seemed like two brief spontaneous hangouts that would impact my life in ministry forever. I will never forget those two occasions I’ve spent with Donnie for the rest of my life. On April 19th, I sent a text to Donnie with a picture attached that I’ve placed below to encourage him with what God is doing on our campus among the SHSU football team. This is what the message said and I hope that he got to read it.
“Hey Donnie, I just wanted to say “Thank You” for giving me your time and thoughts over SALT about reaching athletes. Wanted to let you know that this spring semester in this picture above is currently what’s been happening. I’ve met 7 hungry men on the Sam football team and we have a small group that I’m leading and they are always asking questions and really desiring to know Jesus and they have a burden for their teammates. I’m overwhelmed by what Jesus is doing here among these guys at Sam Houston State and I’m grateful for your encouragement and the model you’ve set friend. These guys here would love to meet you one day and Coach Deggs and the baseball team would gladly welcome you again man. Praying for you and hope this encourages you as it has for me. Thank you Donnie. 👊🏻”
To friends and family
To Donnie’s family and friends, I send my deepest sympathies and prayers during this time of loss. I take heart the things he shared with me about being a husband and a father and I’m very grateful for it. Thank you to all of you that ministered to Donnie as he carried out the advancement of God’s kingdom. So many lives were impacted for Jesus through this man and he will be greatly missed. Heaven welcomes an incredible man and Donnie is now in the presence of Jesus.
The first time I met Donnie was back in I believe 2011 when he came and spoke to the Horizon Community Church high school kids. It was an evening event and the Horizon gym was full of high school students. Several kids got up and spoke about how they were going to be different than their predecessors, how they were going to follow Jesus with their whole heart, how they were going to be examples for others to see how living for Christ impacts their lives. There were waves of emotions from the kids and Donnie was up front leading that night. The kids all said that it was Donnie’s messages over the previous few days that sparked them to step up and be strong. That night demonstrated to me the tremendous impact that Donnie had on the kids at Horizon as well as kids all around the country.
I have always looked forward to Donnie’s visits to Horizon and as a “2nd row” attender, always sat behind him in service and had many opportunities to shake his hand. His passing on to Heaven has impacted me significantly these past few days. Donnie will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him. The ripples of his ministry will be felt for generations.
I have no doubt that Donnie was welcomed into Heaven with a “well done my good and faithful servant”.
I look forward to seeing you in Heaven!
When I was 16 years old, my brother brought me to the youth group at Lakeview Assembly, and God saved me. I felt God’s love and grace for me, and knew that I wanted to live for Jesus. As much as I loved going to youth group, I kept hearing people say, “wait until you go to a Donnie Moore camp!” or “wait until you see Donnie Moore speak!” About a month later, I found myself at a Radical Reality camp, sobbing at the altar.
Donnie was the love of God, expressed through a man; a focal point in the lives of thousands who, on their own, adopted him as their spiritual father. When Donnie spoke, you just felt love. You felt cared about, as if for the first time in your life. Whether you were his best friend, or the clerk at a grocery store he frequented, Donnie made you feel like you mattered. He remembered EVERYONE’s names! As one of thousands of teens who encountered Donnie, I didn’t expect him to remember mine; however, each time I saw him, he called me by name and gave me his time.
I cherished spending time with Donnie. At the end of each camp, I always wanted to stay behind with the clean-up crew and be among the last to leave, because I knew Donnie would treat the crew to pizza on the way home. We found ourselves may times over at the Pizza Factory in Gridley, camp after camp, feeling more privileged than if the President had invited us to the white house. We sat around him, feeling so special, and listened to the most random stories that he decided to tell. Sometimes, he shared some ridiculous memory of something that just made us crack up. Other times, his stories were gold-nuggets of wisdom that he gained from stepping out in faith and listening to God over listening to man.
As more of us in the youth group, galvanized by the Holy Spirit, started stepping out and preaching, you could hear traces of Donnie’s messages in just about everything we shared. It is not just those at school assemblies or camp meetings who were touched by Donnie’s life; it was every random person in countless corners of the country who heard pieces of Donnie through us, who were carrying his message and his love with us everywhere we went. It truly is impossible to measure the impact of Donnie’s life on the world, because the ripples are countless, and the ripples are unending.
In addition to the way Donnie’s public ministry transformed our lives, his private friendship spoke equally. In my senior year football banquet, Donnie came out to show me his support. He scholarshipped me to camp several times. When my wife first moved to Stockton, Donnie gave her his car! Donnie prayed over us at our wedding. He gave to the ministry I started as a 19 year old. He accepted the young people from our ministry to his camp for free. He called me out when I was in the wrong. He bragged about my strengths to other people when I wasn’t around. Donnie checked in on us. He sent me and Melinda Christmas cards year after year, even when it seemed to everyone else that we had fallen off the face of the earth.
Though Donnie’s life was cut shorter than anyone ever expected, he lived more in his time with us than most people could hope to live in a thousand lifetimes. He is and forever will be the hallmark of what we all hope to be. Donnie, you’re forever our hero, our friend, our father in faith. Thank you SO MUCH for the life you lived. We look forward to seeing you again someday.
To friends and family
Our hearts are with you in this great loss. Words can’t express what Donnie has meant to us. So much of the love he shared with other people was a reflection of the love he had for his amazing family. We are eternally grateful to the entire Moore family.