Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BLAZING across Ohio!

     We just returned to Lee's Summit Monday after spending 10 days in Ohio traveling from the Dayton/Springfield area to the Zanesville/Dresden area, on to the Chillicothe area and finishing up in Dayton once more.
     We had planned the trip to meet new people and broaden our monthly support network. It turned out to be a great time of rest and ministry!
     Our first stop was in Springfield to see Pastor Dave and Miss Tina. They own the house we rent in Lee's Summit, what a blessing they are to our family! We are going to continue to rent the house from them until the Lord provides the money to BUY IT! :) Please pray for prosperity in EVERY area of their, and their two daughters, lives.
     Our second stop was in New Carlisle, just outside of Dayton, where we stayed with Mr. Mike and Miss Diana. They have been supporting us in MANY ways for 2 years or so. The boys played on their farm, fishing and running with their dogs! Bubba was able to move a couple things for them in their office. And, I was blessed to attend a ladies breakfast with Miss Diana! Great visit
     Our third stop was in Dresden, just north of Zanesville.  There we stayed with Dr. Dan and Miss Leslie.  So much fun with this family.....shooting guns, riding Gators, playing with the German Shepard, talking for HOURS, and eating yummy food :)
     In Zanesville, I was able to speek at a ladies group of about 20. I shared my story along with challenging the ladies to forgive, love beyond the pain and WALK THROUGH THE FIRE! It was a powerful night to say the least. Several ladies were moved to at least LOOK at the fire and a couple even dared to step in it! Keep praying for full restoration in this group of women.
     Bubba was able to do a Bench Press Seminar with a small group of teens at an outreach center in Zanesville. It was a good time of teaching and encouragement for the volunteers as well.
     Our fourth stop was Chillicothe where we stayed with Dr. Dan and Miss Roxann. The first night we arrived I spoke at a MOMs group. I encouraged them to remember their dreams. The Lord has big dreams for us Mamas. There was one sweet lady there that needed what I had to offer that night. She is standing at the edge of her FIRE right now, trying to take the first step to get through it. She is an amazing women, I know she will make it! Please pray for her, we will call her Sarah.
     Bubba got to ride a HARLEY DAVIDSON while there and I attended another ladies event to bless a local homeless shelter with Miss Roxann. Bubba also started on a new diet regimen to lose 50lbs by August! I thought, what the heck, I might was well lose 40 right along with him! SO, we are eating differently and I'm even heading to the gym! Let's hear it for SKINNY Dowlings! haha
     We were blessed to visit with Mr. Al and Miss Linda Coulson while we were in Chillicothe...they are prayer worriers and have prayed for and with us and Team Xtreme for several years now. Such a sweet visit.
     We ended our trip with sharing at Living Word Church in Dayton on Sunday morning. They are the largest monthly church supporter and Pastor Pat encourages us SO much. Please join us in praying for transformation to HIT Dayton with Pastor Pat and his congregation leading the way!
     The trip didn't end up the way we had planned, but the Lord sure did use us and bless us along the way! We came home with $400 (which actually got us home!) and I picked up a sponsorship-----MARY KAY COSMETICS! What a blessings from the Lord and Miss Jessica. If anyone needs any product, let me know and we will get this lady some business :) :)
     It was a fun, rewarding trip. Now, back to school, Powerlifting Club, Pre-marriage counseling, Kids Ablaze, mentoring and starting a couple new mercy missions!
Thanks for checking in,


Wednesday, March 2, 2011


     I am writing a correction with our Mission Statement for 2011. Bubba WILL be traveling with TX WITHIN the United States. Sorry if there was any confusion. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The NEW plan is hatched!

     TeamDowling is taking on new arena's of influence this year and fulfilling dreams the Lord has had in us for a long time.
     Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." The nations the Lord has called us to disciple are not traditional nations. Bubba is called to disciple the nation of men and sons. Heather is called to disciple the nation of women and mothers.
     Heather received a word from the Lord a few months ago, "get planted". A trusted friend also received a word from the Lord for our family, "I see you as a stake in the ground here in Kansas City." We are getting planted here by becoming more and more involved in our home church, getting our children involved in activities and starting up ministries here while serving TX in a new capacity.
    *Church involvement: Bubba and our two TX guys attend Wednesday night teaching at our home church, CTC. Our boys, Nathan and Luke attend Kids Ablaze on the same night. And, Heather attends a prayer meeting every Thursday with other intercessors from the area.
     *Kids activities:  Esther is attending ballet class once weekly! Nathan and Luke will begin Upwards Football this month!
     *New Ministries:
      -PowerLifting Club! Bubba is training approx. 45 high school aged boys at Grandview High School. He just attended a meeting yesterday to start working with IHOP and FCA in the school as well! Wow, amazing things happening!
      -Clothing Closet! Heather is starting a clothing exchange for local YWAMers. Should be up and running yet this month.
       -Bubba has completed his personal training certification through ISSA! He has the opportunity to train people in health, nutrition and strength training. This being another source of income is a bonus too!
       -Heather has had many opportunities come up to share with women. She is currently booking more dates.
     *We will continue serving Team Xtreme here in the US by discipling the TX team members in Kansas City in the areas of weight training, show fetes of strength, and in sharing their stories. We are also sharing life with two of the single guys living with us now. So, this means Bubba will not be TRAVELING with TX any more.
     There you have it folks! New direction for us as a family and for all of you as part of our GoTeam. We are still sharing the gospel with all we are involved with, just in a more intimate way.
     Both, Bubba and Heather are looking for more chances to share/teach/train people. Contact us if you have any ideas or people we need to meet!
     As always, contact us with any questions. Thank you all for being part of our team, without you all we wouldn't make it through the month, on many levels :)

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