I met Donnie through Glass Slipper at camp, when i told him i was with gs he came over and gave me a hug his camp has helped me to forgive my bio family.
Donnie was a great man and wherever he went he spread so much love everywhere. Donnie will always be in our hearts.
When I was 18 my mom, Ruby Cribb took my to California to stay for 2 weeks for my birthday. We stayed with Aunt Jackie and Uncle Charles. The whole family especially Donnie made my birthday an unforgettable one. He also spoke at my pawpaws funeral. The kind words that he said gave me comfort. He took my cousin little Dale under his wing when he was going through a very rough period in his life. And in January when my mom Ruby passed away, he called all the way from California to pray at her service. That meant more to me than he would ever know. The impact that he had on what is probably millions is breathtaking. He is a wonderful man and will be missed terribly.
The family is in my heart and prayers. I am at ease knowing hes looking over my mom, ruby, my nanny, dot, my pawpaw, junior, and my uncles keith and bill.
As a 13 year old boy, I was invited to Radical reality camp. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I had issues that I didn’t know how to solve. My mother had left my family at a young age for her addiction to drugs and became so desperate for drugs that she began to prostitute herself. The anger was deep. The feelings of never measuring up to be enough became my driving force to make myself the best at everything I did. This eventually made me a very angry young man. I ruined all the things that were blessings because I couldn’t let people in. After several camps and years of being challenged to let go, things began to be different. I have my heart to God at a camp and continued to grow. Flash forward 4 years of camps, not only had I learned how to forgive my mom and dad, but that I needed to express it. I flew up to a Washington we’re my mom had been for my whole life but never reached out to me. I met her in a coffee shop and I told her about what God had done in my heart. I forgave her, cried and prayed with her. The last camp I was at Donnie had spoken a calling over my life and I’m blessed to say that God has called me to full time ministry. God has blessed my with an amazing wife. We are both youth pastors now. The best part of y testimony is that’s God changed me, but He used that act of obedience and moved a mountain. My mom gave her heart to Jesus, gave up her old ways and now serves in the local church helping girls who are doing what she did for so long find hope and healing! I wouldn’t be where I was without Donnie. He’s a legend. His legacy and story will live on throughout generations. He’s loved and I’m saddened by the loss but rejoice with the reality that He met Jesus face to face and heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Words for the family:
I know there is great grief right now. But there is also great joy in knowing where Donnie is. But there is also great joy knowing where SO many others are right now because of him. Heavens a bigger place because of that hero!
Love you all!
Associate Youth Director at VantagePoint Church
I’ll never forget when Donnie told me to stop beating myself up for the thing’s I did in my past and to always remember the best thing I ever did was give my life to Jesus and I changed. I went home after Man Camp and asked my girlfriend what she thought the best thing is that I have ever done and without her knowing what Donnie had told me she said, “you gave your life to Jesus and you changed”. Tears fell down my face as I felt an overwhelming sense of confirmation that God spoke through Donnie to me. I felt like God Himself was telling me that He forgives me, loves me and that He sees that I am a new person and not the same as I used to be. Praise God! Thank you Donnie for allowing God to move through you. I will miss you.
To friends and family
Thank you for sharing Donnie with the world. He has touched so many lives. Thank you.