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Motorcycle mama makes it back to God: Donna Buzzell to speak at Magnificat breakfast


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BY KAREN MAHONEY


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At 3 years old, Donna (Vitkus) Buzzell remembers being fearful of just about everything.

To help her through her angst, her mother and grandmother told her to go to Jesus and he would take her fear away.

“I would talk to him and expected him to talk to me because I am from a verbal family, and he did,” she explained. “I would hear him tell me that he loved me, cared for me and would continue to take care of me.”

A member of the former St. George Catholic Church, Buzzell remembers going in the side door of the church to talk to Jesus during recess. Looking around, she wondered why no one else was sitting in the pews and talking to Jesus.

While her devotions waned a bit as she entered high school, she retained the little girl relationship with him. After graduation, she went to beauty school, met and married her first husband. Throughout her marriage, he had several extramarital affairs, finally divorcing her when their third son was just 6 months old.

“I developed a lot of bitterness and anger because of what he did,” said Buzzell. “I tried to make a go of it in Minneapolis on a beautician’s salary, but couldn’t make it so I moved back home with my family.”

After dating an alcoholic, she learned she was pregnant with her fourth child. Though her family was supportive, she acted out her bitterness and rage with promiscuity, racing stock cars and partying.

“After about four or five years, I realized that I wasn’t picking the right guys, so I remember saying to the Lord, ‘If you have a father for my kids and husband for myself, send him because I am done dating. I am just done.’”

Two weeks later, she met her husband, Bruce, at a co-dependency support group at St. Catherine’s hospital. As they were growing closer, Buzzell became nervous because Bruce was so nice and she was unaccustomed to that behavior, so she was going to break up with him.

“But the Lord woke me up at 2 a.m. and he said, ‘This is the guy. You asked me to send someone and he is the guy,’” said Donna. “Bruce had also been praying about this and the Lord told him he could do worse and that he should marry me and raise the boys.”

The couple now lives in Georgia and have been married for 36 years. Buzzell will tell the story of her transformation on Saturday morning, May 20, at Infusino’s Banquet Hall. She will be a guest of the Magnificat Kenosha-Racine chapter.

Magnificat member Rose Nelson has known Buzzell for more than 25 years and wanted others to hear her powerful testimony.

“She has quite a story. Here she was this motorcycle mama, who smoked and lived a wild life. She kind of went off the deep end and did a lot of bad stuff,” said Nelson. “But after she asked God to send her a husband, she met Bruce, who is a Christian, and she changed and had a born-again experience. God can change people.”

Nelson hopes those who attend the Magnificat breakfast will feel the power of the holy spirit and feel touched by the Lord.

“It is a big thing, this grace, and you have to ask for what you want,” she said. “Donna asked for a good husband to take care of her children and the Lord provided and changed her heart and mind. Her story is all about bringing people to the Lord and we need that. I hope a lot of people come, all are welcome — believers and non-believers. We want people to hear the good message of Jesus Christ. We started Magnificat in 1984 in New Orleans, and evangelize by bringing people closer to the Lord, the church and the Bible.”

Since her conversion experience, Buzzell joined the Fire of Love prayer group, where she learned about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and received many of the gifts of the Spirit. She attended three schools of deliverance and healing and is on the founding board of Life’s Choices, a crisis pregnancy center in Eustis, Fla.

“I do hope people will understand how important it is to love God and how much he loves us. He wants us to realize that and to be persistent in our prayers,” she said. “Prayer from the heart is important and I want others to know about the gifts of the spirit and to desire those gifts and I want people to love the Lord more.”

If you go

What: Magnificat Kenosha-Racine Chapter presents Donna Buzzell

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20

Where: Infusino’s Banquet Hall, 3201 Rapids Drive, Racine

Tickets: $12 (to order send check payable to Magnificat Kenosha with self-addressed envelope by Monday, May 15, to Nancy York, 7120 20th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53143 or call Rose Nelson at 262-654-7287)


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