National Evangelists Online - Directory
Though Donna would describe her life as exciting and blessed now, she admits it hasn't always been "picture perfect." Donna experienced a painful, and destructive past, riddled with heartbreak, failure, guilt, addiction, and depression. This is part of her story:
"My story is different from most because I did start out on the right path. I was raised in a Christian home, saved at age 9, and attended church regularly. Unfortunately, sometimes life can throw us unexpected curves, and based on our reactions, good or bad, the choices we make have the potential to completely change our trajectory. After going through two divorces by the age of 23, I was completely devastated, and to be honest a little mad at God.
My bad choices led me farther and farther away from God, and finally into a pit of darkness that seemed totally inescapable. But God protected me, and spared me while my decisions, and terrible choices almost destroyed me. Our God is a miracle worker, and because of His unfailing love, and never-ending grace I, "the prodigal daughter," finally ran back into my Father's arms.
Sometimes we have to get all the way down to the end of our rope, to let go and let God rescue us from ourselves. I finally repented, and turned my life back over to Christ my Savior. Still, because of my past failures, and the resulting guilt I was unwilling to release, I felt like I had no purpose. I honestly felt like God was disappointed in me or a little mad at me. But, His plans for me were far beyond my comprehension.
God moved my husband and I, and two daughters to Iowa, from Tennessee. I didn't want to go, and I felt that God was making a huge mistake. But it was in Iowa, that God called me into ministry, and prepared me for His future plans back here in Tennessee. Little did I know, my story was just beginning to unfold! What could have been the bitter end, turned into the beautiful "new beginning" of a journey that would change my life, and the lives of others forever!"
Donna is also a jail minister. She loves to encourage others to move on from a broken past, and expect a greater future. She mentors many women in stepping into their calling, and helps them to develop their ministries as well. She also has a huge heart for pastors wives, and strives to uplift and support them knowing how hard (yet rewarding) ministry life can be. Donna is also a writer, and is currently writing a book, which has been picked up by a publisher, and will be available soon. She is also frequently published on "Her Green Room."
Pastor Dennis & Cala Noble - Senior Pastors at Lake City AG - Lake City, WA
Pastor Scott Rooks - Westside Assembly - Senior Pastor - Davenport, IA
Pastor Jerry Milliken - Savannah First Assembly - Senior Pastor - Savannah, TN
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In seven and a half years as a public school classroom teacher and Athletic trainer (sports medicine) Jaroy has a keen insight into the hearts and minds of today's youth culture. Jaroy is a national and international communicator on key areas of youth ministry settings, including conventions, camps and retreats, campus ministries, missions trips, youth programs and concepts, recreational activities, etc. Jaroy also spent ten years as...