Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunflowers...follow the SON!

     A few months ago I had a "come to Jesus" moment on behalf of my family. I was tired, we will leave it at that. The Father told me that we could choose our own path, but that was not where He had asked us to walk. I broke down crying and said, "My yes is still yes Lord." Lots of times the Lord asks us to follow him into areas that don't feel normal, where we don't naturally fit well, but we have a mission to complete. That is part of how our stay in Topeka has been.
     After that morning I contacted one of my Missionary friends for encouragement. I needed to hear how to do what He was asking of us. She gave me great advice: Be who you are ALWAYS. And, do the ONE THING the Lord is asking you to do.
     After our conversation she had a dream where she was standing in a field of sunflowers. The seeds of the sunflowers were SHOOTING out in harvest! There was much media there filming this phenomenon! I knew right then that the harvest would not be HARD. That it was ripe and ready! We would be standing in awe of what the Lord was doing.
     Fast forward a few days and I received a vision from the Lord. I was standing, looking out of a doorway at a single sunflower just beyond the opening. It was tall and full of seeds. Beyond the sunflower was bare earth and a simple blue sky. I waited about three weeks and painted it. Here it is:

     When I asked the Lord for understanding and I saught wisdom of both things, this is what I got:
The harvest is READY and will come easily!
We are going to reap harvest where seed has not even been sown!
Sunflowers follow the sun. They face it all day long. We want to follow THE SON!
     We know we are to follow the Lord into places of dry land. In our next post we will share EXACTLY where that dry land is! Stay tuned!


   
   

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beards, Men and Motorcycles

     As you read in our last post "GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO WEST" there are changes on the horizon for Dowling Family Ministries, Inc. and we can feel the power of God!
     In January God gave Bubba a vision:  Bubba was riding a dark colored bike (motorcycle for those of us that don't get the "biker" lingo ;-) down a two lane road, wind blowing his full beard, his bible strapped on the back. Bubba text me saying, "I think we are to go after Rural Communities." My spirit leapt! I had been feeling the pull to small town life, country life, for a while. Bubba also saw that we will be traveling to rural areas presenting the gospel. We truly feel that this is a "nation" to be reached.
     About two days later the Lord gave me a picture of a very large dining room table filled with MEN; full bearded men. I knew in my spirit that these men (not teenagers) were sharing life with our family. Men need mentored by other men, but also need to see family life; watch a father interact with his children and love his wife. And, watch his children and wife return his love.
    Our old vision had many layers: fathers, mothers and caregivers, this generation, standing for justice. Though we will have opportunities to impact lives in those areas, our new focus will be men, men in rural communities. We are excited about the new intense focus of the ministry!
     Keep posted for more details coming SOON!
 

Friday, January 30, 2015

"GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO WEST"

     "GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO WEST" was an expression first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851.  It's ringing in the ears of the Dowling Family for 2015 and beyond!
      Come with us as we take the next step and move forward with our ministry. A new, focused vision with a familiar purpose! A vision filled with Westward motion, motorcycles, open land, men, beards, and rural communities.
    Our YES, is still YES to the Lord's plans and purposes. 
   To be continued.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tangible Results

Tangible Results

4 young adults have started services as a direct result of Bubba educating the people of Kansas about the services offered to Youth aging out of Foster Care!
AMEN!!
More Lord!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Western Kansas- Outreach

     We spent the weekend of the 7th and 8th of November in Stockton, Kansas (a town of about 1,300 people) For y'all who don't know where that is here's a map:

     We partnered with the local youth center, FUSION, to present our strong man show and preach the Gospel.  The boys set up the stage with Bubba and the girls and I, well, we visited with local people and the girls had a blast playing in the gym!


Some of our new friends, Pastor Steve (Left) and Pastor Morgan (Right). This was Right after the Pastors prayed for Bubba to bless their city.
     We were thrilled to have approximately 130 in attendance.  That's a great number considering the size of the town and we were competing with a wedding in town the same night! When Bubba gave the call to follow Jesus, my eyes filled with tears! Three fourths of the crowd raised their hands and boldly stood to ask The Lord to be lord of their lives! It was beautiful!!! An entire row of junior high girls responded and several adult men that I would have never guessed, responded as well.
Picture of the crowd in Stockton

We had a wonderful time with our host family, the Foster's, they were so fun and gave our children a good dose of Grandparenting! (We live about 4 hours from our parents) 
"Grandpa" Ed Foster and Bubba Pre Show




Bubba Prepping for the Human Helicopter.

Bubba making sure the volunteers have health insurance.

ALWAYS a crowd Favorite- The HUMAN HELICOPTER!

Gannon Helping bend that 3/4" inch of solid steel.

Bubba- finishing up what Gannon Started.


Bubba, Preaching the Gospel. 

     We planned to go to church on Sunday with our host family and head home after lunch. Did you notice WE planned that? Here comes a God opportunity ladies and gentlemen!
     So Saturday night after the show, around 10 pm, our Host Dad told us that Pastor Steve asked if we would like to speak at his church the next morning. Our answer? YES! We love the opportunity to share our story, especially TOGETHER!
Bubba And Pastor Steve
     We enjoyed our time worshipping and sharing at Stockton Assembly of God with Pastor Steve and the whole church family! It was such a refreshing time. A powerful time! We truly love it when God simply slips a sweet "interruption" in our lives to meet amazing people and bring hope and healing!
     THANK you for your continued support, We could not do what we do without our supporters, friends and family!! God Bless.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dowling FAMILY Ministries!

     We ARE going to update our blog regularly! We will no longer be depending on Facebook to keep everyone up to date on what we are up to....this is ALMOST a promise ;-)
     Bubba has traveled once or twice a month most of the summer and fall months visiting Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Of those trips the rest of the family has helped on all but two outings. Which has been great! We are working at making our ministry, OUR ministry. The boys are helping set up, tear down and even do some strength feats on stage.

Setting up a break.
Luke ripping a phone book.
Nathan bending a single bar.
     The girls are helping carry things, tearing things down and of course cheering! We have also had the whole family pray for people when the location has been appropriate. Now, that's fun! Watching our children lay hands on the sick and seeing them healed....there aren't words to describe the feeling of watching our kids move in total faith knowing that the Father can heal. 
Mama even got in on the action in Iowa!
Anna Banana on stage with Daddy! She touched LOTS of hearts that day!!
The whole Fam! Can you say WOW!

     We are traveling this weekend to do ministry again AS A FAMILY! We all love it when we can be together. It just feel ......  right!
     Let us know if you would like to chat about our other ministry projects starting up...we will write more about those in our next post! (just a little teaser ;-)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Following God's Heart all the way to Kansas

Following God’s Heart all the way to Kansas!

     Well everyone, the Lord has us on the move again. This time, literally. He has now called us to Kansas, the hub of a Fatherhood movement that will spread over the United States and quit possibly the world!
     As many of you know, Bubba has a wonderful story of how The Lord has taken him from a broken little boy and turned him into a wonderful husband and father. And, as many of you know, the Lord hasn’t given Bubba this story to keep to himself. He is called, by God, to share his story with other dad’s to encourage them to be the father’s God created them to be.
     Last spring a Fatherhood Movement was started in Kansas and Bubba was involved from the ground up, helping develop the curriculum, helping develop the presentations, was the spokesman for the Strong Dad’s Program, appearing in several Public Service announcements, being the Key Note Speaker for the Fatherhood Summit last June, and speaking over 40 times at various Head Start locations all over Kansas. This program will be continuing this spring serving fathers of children ages 3 to 5 years.
     Now, Bubba is involved with yet another groundbreaking movement. He has been hired by the State of Kansas to assist youth that are aging out of foster care become self-sufficient through raising public awareness. Bubba will be presenting information about the programs offered to these youth and recruiting individuals to come along side of the youth as committed-supportive adults at community organizations such as: schools, homeless shelters, residential facilities, churches, and Foster Parent support groups that may come into contact with a youth.    
       Actually, Bubba and I, both feel that this is the first time in our lives as full time ministers, that family, ministry and work, will all be AS ONE. It will just be “our life”. Following this call plugs into two aspects of our Vision Statement that, until now, have been very low key:  Standing for justice for those who have been unjustly treated and calling forth this generation.

Contact us at 816-673-5972
Thank you,

Bubba, Heather, Anna, Nathan, Luke, Esther, Miriam and Johanna