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

"To the Stars Through Difficulties"...

     "Per aspera ad astra" is the Kansas State Motto (To the Stars through difficulties)…we think we fit right in! The story The Lord has given our family, as many of you know, is just this…we have both gone through difficulties as children and youth, as a married couple, in ministry…and the final destination is eternity with Jesus!!!!
     As we start our journey here in Kansas to what God has planned for our family, we are feeling the shift…
shift into being apart for most of the day,
shift of communicating very little until evening,
shift from full time Jesus preaching to full time Jesus "living",
shift from five year friendships to building friendships from the ground up,
shift into "The World" of public school,
shift into being sports and ballet parents,
shift from distant neighbors to friendship neighbors,
shift from comfort to unfamiliar.
     In all of this shifting we can see God blowing his breath of life on us…LITERALLY! Kansas is known for it's winds and the stories are TRUE! It blows here 99% of the days, the rare day that it is still feels just off. haha
     Back to the breath of life thing :) We sense the presence of The Lord here so strongly! We can see the Father's heart for this land…it makes me weep. He has such great things for the people of Kansas to accomplish for his Kingdom! I pray they can see it too, some day soon.
     Please pray with us for "Kingdom Vision" to be strong here; for the people of Kansas to realize they are important to The Lord; for the will of the Lord to be the focus of this place!
     It is SO beautiful here…
What the sky looks like 80% of the time... AMAZING!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dowling Family Ministries, Inc. is born!

     When the Lord told us to "get grounded", being an independent 501c3 ministry was part of the grounding; as a result, Dowling Family Ministries, Inc. was born! We are still in the process of finalizing the 501c3 paperwork, but we are up and running!

Our vision is pretty simple:


     Our family, Bubba, Heather, Anna, Nathan, Luke, Esther, Miriam, and Johanna is called to love God’s people by being a bridge between the churched and unchurched, rich and poor, black and white, etc. We are specifically called to:
1. Call fathers into the love of The Father
2. Champion mothers and caregivers
3. Call forth this generation into the fullness of Christ
4. Stand for justice for those who are unjustly treated
5. Love as Christ loved.

Our response:

     In response to the call of the Lord we commit to love when, where and how the Lord leads; whether in the US or abroad, in state or out, in the church or on the streets.

The nuts & bolts of it all:
     Here is a quick overview of what has happened since our ministry was officially launched in April...

*"Strong Dad's" program in Kansas
     Bubba, and the family when able, traveled over 20,000 miles in 3 months all over the state of Kansas teaching and encouraging dads to be STRONG DADS through an initiative with the Department of Children and Families. Check it out at www.kansasstrongdads.com

*Keynote Speaker
     Bubba was the Keynote Speaker at the Father and Family Summit in Wichita in June. Amazing time!

*Strongman Ministry
     Bubba has traveled to four locations to serve other ministries as well as independently doing strongman evangelism.

*Real Men
     Bubba has started meeting with 6 men weekly for "hanging out".

*Disciple Training Gear
     Our small business is going well. We are receiving orders several times weekly and are currently looking for a web designer to update out site! www.discipletraininggear.com

*Bubba's BOOK!
     Bubba is finishing up his book! It should be out and available for purchase in November!!!

*Speaking Engagements
     After the exposure and making connections with the Strong Dad's program in Kansas, Bubba has been booked nation wide to just speak! Bubba's website is under construction. Check back soon at www.BubbaDowling.com

*Mama's Cup of Tea
     Heather has started meeting with mama's of young children weekly to share life and for encouragement.

     As you can see, we are quite busy. We feel like we are trying to "just keep up" with what the Lord's doing!!!

     We are excited about being part of His plan and would love to partner with you in ministry as well. Let us know if we can serve you in any way! 

     Contact us by emailing HeKnowsYourName@aol.com




Friday, February 1, 2013

DISCIPLE TRAINING GEAR

We are proud to announce the acquisition of a small business, Disciple Training Gear(DTG).

God had been speaking to us about a small business to assist in funding our ministry.
I had ideas about a clothing line and I wanted to pursue it.

I had been a "sponsored" athlete of Disciple Training Gear(DTG) for a few years and Had built a relationship with the founder and Owner Chad White.
ORIGINAL DTG LOGO, NOW THE
"LEGACY LINE" by CHAD WHITE


I had reservations about starting a new "christian" based clothing line as I did not want to hurt Chad and his business, By taking business away from him. So I prayed and the Lord had me lay it down. The during one of the many conversations I had with Chad, he mentioned the laying down the business and possibly closing it and or selling it. MY SPIRIT JUMPED. But waited on confirmation from GOD and suddenly felt complete and total peace about it.  So I asked would you be interested in selling me the business? Chad stated that in a his thoughts and prayers about Disciple Training Gear(DTG) that God had given him MY name as one that he thought could take over the business.

SO we are announcing TODAY that we are now the new owners of Disciple Training Gear(DTG).
DTG- GENERATION 2 LOGO
DESIGNED by BUBBA DOWLING 


So during the next month there is going to be a transition time from Chad to myself. So to assist with that we are shutting down any and all sales until MARCH 1st 2013. SO Disciple Training Gear(DTG)will be up and running full throttle on March 1st 2013.


Bubba and Heather.


Here is Chad's letter introducing the transition of Disciple Training Gear(DTG).


EXCITING NEWS - NEW OWNER


Exciting News for Disciple Training Gear.

DTG has been been an absolute pleasure to run for the past few years.  I was able to combine my passions - my faith and fitness into a way to supplement our family income while allowing me to stay home and homeschool my children while all the while my wife serves in the military.  I truly believed (and still do, of course) that I would be able to reach non-Christians and Christians alike and encourage them while providing a product and service.  What I didn't expect, was that there were many people searching for something like DTG and not finding it.

DTG was successful from the very beginning.  Immediately, people latched on to DTG and unselfishly promoted it and me at the same time.  I was so encouraged as DTG grew more quickly than I ever imagined.  However, along with initial success came a heftier time commitment than I had anticipated.  My family dynamic also changed along the way.  I went from having two kids to being the proud daddy of five kids.  Homeschooling and taking care of babies also required way more time and commitment than I had anticipated.  I sacrificed more and more (my workout time, my sleep, my family time) and it worked for a while, but now it has taken its toll on me and my health.

In the past year to 18 months I have purposefully had to try and slow DTG down.  I've stopped sending out newsletters, stopped posting on DTG's Facebook page, and pulled all my advertising.  It has been successful inasmuch as you can say intentionally slowing down a source of income and encouragement to others is successful.  However, as more of my children become school-aged, my role as a teacher has become even more demanding.

I prayed and prayed and I believe God has called me to put my energy into being  the best dad and husband I can be, being the best teacher I can be, and to work on living a less stressful and more healthy life. I also knew DTG deserved better and the clear choice was to let DTG go.

BUT, HERE IS THE EXCITING NEWS.  I had a few people in mind who I thought could/would do a great job of running DTG, but the more I prayed, one name came to me over and over and I truly believed God had him in mind already - Bubba Dowling of GodsStrongMan.com.  I casually mentioned to him in conversation what I was going through and that I was thinking of giving up DTG and he paused for a bit before telling me that the spirit was moving in him right then and there.  Long story short, we were both sure of God's will in this situation and that is truly EXCITING and a cause for JOY.

Bubba Dowling has been married to his wife, Heather for over 15 years. They have 6 children, Anna, Nathan, Luke, Esther, Miriam and Johanna. They have been in full time ministry now for over 5 years.
Bubba has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and to 8 countries with two strongman evangelistic teams, sharing his story of transformation and healing while sharing the love of Jesus. While traveling he has witnessed 10s of thousands of people make public commitments to Jesus Christ.
Bubba holds state and regional Powerlifting Records in various federations, and American/ National records in the AAU and USPA and World Records in the AAU. Bubba is ranked in the top 50 in Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Total according to PowerliftingWatch.com.
I am so excited about this transition with DTG. I look forward to serving DTG customers past and to the ones of the future. Building upon the strong foundation that Chad White started. With the keeping of the original DTG designs, now going to be called the “LEGACY LINE” and also throwing in some new designs, A “ Gen. 2”, line is now being developed. 

Finally, I want to thank you all for your support over the past few years. There were numerous times when I received more support from you guys than I could every possibly give back. Thank you for buying the gear, sending me photos from meets, and all the uplifting emails and calls.  It was a joy when individuals shared with me how someone asking about their shirt presented an opportunity for personal witnessing.

It has been an honor and may God bless you all!


Chad White