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At the age of 8, world reknown gospel singer and pastor Donnie McClurkin was hurled into whirldwind of confusion by a violation of rape by his uncle. Something that no 8-year-old should never have to witness, let alone go through.  But then he was molested again at the age of 13 by his uncle’s son.

Yet, despite feelings of hate towards those who hurt him, hatred towards God for letting it happen and hatred at wthe world, Donnie turned towards God.

“I found that you can know the Scriptures and fail in your struggle because you never used them. But when you use them in the midst of your temptation, they give you the strength to overcome.”

And even now, in his family’s newest trial, Donnie again leans on his faith.

Dealing with a death of a loved one is nearly impossible. Something about the deceased passing before they reached adulthood makes the feeling all the more overwhelming. Tragically, the niece of Donnie McClurkin made her transition to heaven on Friday, October 31, reports The Christian Post. Trinity was 13 years old. Although McClurkin was a part of The Festival of Praise concert just days after Trinity’s passing – during which McClurkin emotionally broke down a few times – McClurkin was still able to praise the Lord.

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