Martin Foote

Well, I’ve definitely waited till last minute to right this. Not because I wanted to, but because I am just still at a loss for words that Donnies gone home. I met Donnie back in 2014 while I was homeless living on the streets in Morada. I had approached him, all tattered and broken… to be quite honest just an absolute wreck. I was asking him for some change, and without any hesitation he just had this very big child like grin on his face( for those of you who know him, you know what I’m talking about lol). He proceeded to ask me about my life, and for whatever reason(as I know now, it was God) I just started unloading on him. I told him of my shame, hatred of self, drug addiction, and everything else under the sun. This man immediately gave me a giant hug, and told me he loved me. I was just at a loss for words, I was taken aback and then some. He then asked if I’d like to have lunch with him, I being as hesitant as a wild cat, surprisingly found myself saying yes. But he didnt just by me lunch, he sat down and had lunch with me, as if I’d known him my entire lifetime. I felt the glares from those around us, people whispering in disgust, but Donnie didnt care. He actually introduced me to someone as his friend. I know now that God was setting me up for a miracle for what eventually be my true, and obedient relationship with Him through Donnie. Donnie spoke with me about Christ and His love, and kept telling me that he( himself) loved me. After sometime, he prayed fervently with me and left me with a full stomach, and surprisingly a full heart( which was rather empty, well almost depleted).we both went out separate ways, and after a fee years of ups and downs, I had ran into someone that knew him. She proceeded to tell me about this young man, that he had encountered that he met on the streets and ministered to at a Panda Express in Morada. The story sounded eerily familiar, and right then I knew who she was talking about( me). Funny how God works!. It may have been 2 years after that, me being married with a kid and one on the way, I had come across donnies FB page and proceeded to tell him about my life as of now. Being 2 years sober at the time( on my 3rd year now), serving in youth ministry and married with children. I was telling him of where God has brought me too, and just thanking him and telling him how much I appreciated that encounter and the fruit it produced. I forsure thought he would have forgot about me by now. But to my surprise I got a message from him that night, with his phone number. We talked for a good 2 hrs about what God has been doing in my life and his, and I just was so thankful to God that I was able to tell this man how much his obedience meant to me. I told him if it wasn’t for your God given words I think I would have committed suicide out there, and soon. But that encountered stirred something in my spirit. He remembered exactly who I was and told me he prayed for me constantly and I didn’t even know it. I had the privilege of giving my testimony at one of his youth camps and speaking Love, Jesus and Truth into kids who were walking down the same path I was. See Donnie wasn’t just any man to me, Hes someone I inspire to be like, selfless, unwavering, committed, and God driven. Because of his obedience, I live my life for Christ now, and I have a beautiful family who also serve right along side me. See, Donnie truly helped save my life and for that I am forever grateful to him. I cant wait to be reunited with him in heaven one day, and be able to give my brother in Christ a hug. Thank you Moore family for sharing your husband with the rest of us, and filling right beside him with God given love. I miss you Donnie, and it still hasn’t hit me yet that your not here, but I love you my friend and cant wait to see you again one day……. you are truly my real life superhero.

 

Marty Foote

Joey Escarsega

I met Donnie Moore thru Darwin Benjamin!  I also met Jeff Foust, the youth pastor shortly after and started to attend Rad Night at Lakeview Assembly!    I went for some two years before I met Jesus in 1989 at the Assembly of God Nor Cal Youth Convention in San Jose, CA.  I remember the message Donnie preached that night was entitled, No Halfway House!  He gave an altar and said if you are right with God turn around and if not stand facing him so he could talk with us about how much Jesus loved us and did for us and to surrender and stop living a double life and live for God.  I turned around and did a complete circle because I was living in the half way house with God.  That night I met Jesus and experienced His love personally for the first time and I have never been that same since that fall night in November of 1989.  I also go baptized in the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues that same night without anyone laying hands on me!  I met Father God that night and God used Donnie Moore big time that evening!  This November will mark 29 years walking with Jesus and Thank God for Donnie Moore walking in the calling God give this great Evangelist and Anointed Man of God!  See you in glory one day!  Prayers for his family!

Mark Mendoza

I went to Donnie Moore’s camp when I was 16 years old. I was new to Christianity and felt out of place. By the end of the week, I didn’t want to leave. I gave my life to God that week and confessed that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. My heart was full for the Lord and Donnie was a big part of it. His heart for God was a light for us all. I’m saying this now, as a 32 year old God Fearing Man. Thank you Donnie for being an example and Praying for me as a young teen. I and many others will never forget the impact you had in our lives.

John Antrim

In 1992 I was invited to a youth convention in Phoenix, AZ. At that time I did not want anything to do with church or religion… The speaker that night was Donnie Moore. I was placed on the front row and listened to Donnie preach about salvation and a relationship with the Savior. He then shared a story about his former friend Darwin. Darwin had been addicted to cocaine and as a result, he lost his baby. That night I gave my life to Christ. The impact in the message and the personality of Donnie Moore’s no-nonsense, not going to pull any punches sermon drew me into the loving arms of God.

I met Donnie a couple years later in Oregon at a wedding and spent time sharing my testimony. From that day on, I had the privilege of knowing this giant man of God. I will miss his voice, his messages and his friendship. I wish my children would have gotten to know one of God’s Generals, Donnie Moore. Last but not least… I will end this is the same way Donnie opened every sermon, “God Help. Amen”

 

Elisa Holmes

I think, it was in 1989. I saw Donnie Moore and his ministry perform at my High School. The assembly was awesome! Many seeds for God’s Kingdom were planted. Shortly after I became a Christian (I was only 15). Decades later I am still a God fearing women who loves and serves the Lord. I will always remember Donnie with a smile on my heart. I will also always thank God for him.

Kathleen Weathers

Donnie came to my high school in 1989-90. I had been bullied and struggled with suicide. Though he couldn’t talk about Christ in a public school, God’s love shined through him. The next year in college I saw a sign that said Radical Reality (Chi Alpha but Donnie had been connected with it so the name stuck). I went and Came to know the Lord – as a result of the assembly Donnie did at my high school.
Message:
I am praying for you and am sorry for your loss. Donnie was used mightily by God to reach thousands of young peopke for Christ.

Sam Fluery

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!

Samuel Fleury
Associate Youth Director at VantagePoint Church

John Trotter

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.
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To friends and family

Thank you for sharing Donnie with the world. He has touched so many lives. Thank you.

Barbie Basile

Relationship:New Life Community Church

My husband accepted Christ when God spoke thru Donnie straight to my husbanfs heart. He was/is forever changed.

God annointed Donnie to reach people and I am sure He is reaping heavens goodness about now. God must be beaming that one of His faithful sons have come home.

Praying our mansions are on the same block.

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To friends and family

Dear Family, You must have sacrificed so much to have a man in your life with such a calling. We are sorry for your loss and know that God will supply all your needs. I pray you feel Him singing over you. When one body of the church hurts, we hurt with you. Love and warm hugs!

Michael Floyd

Relationship:Friend

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.

With Love,

Michael Floyd

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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.