Where it all began:

During the summer of 2015, John Downing had the incredible opportunity to travel on a mission trip to Harare, Zimbabwe. The trip was an amazing opportunity of growth and service. But with four hours left before he was scheduled to board the plane home, he had yet to find something beyond the friends and relationships that he had built that was calling him to return to the beautiful country. Four hours was enough time to awaken a new passion inside of him, one that sparked the desire to create a new form of outreach and mission by combining two of the biggest passions in his life. LIFT4LIFE began in those four hours as he stumbled upon a door in the back of a community center after hearing the faint, yet distinct noise of lifting plates clanging against an iron bar. 

Our mission: 

Raising funds to provide nutritional and strength training curriculum, resources, and equipment for low-income and at risk communities around the world.

Our goal:

LIFT4LIFE plans to acquire and develop space capable of being used to train the power lifts in an effort to create a thriving powerlifting community through cultivating leadership, fellowship, and discipleship. Ultimately, we hope to create a sustainable powerlifting federation within each country that we develop a partnership.

Our Plan:

To acquire and develop space capable of being used for training the power lifts to low income and at risk communities around the world.


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Powerlifting is not just about lifting weights. It’s about building confidence and in particular teaching young people the value of goal setting, hard work, tenacity, and not quitting. When done in a team environment, powerlifting can be just as enriching as any traditional team sport with the added bonus that kids will build healthier and stronger muscles and bones as well as improve their self esteem.
— Layne Norton

"HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GODLESS MYTHS AND OLD WIVE'S TALES; RATHER, TRAIN YOURSELF TO BE GODLY. FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING IS OF SOME VALUE, BUT GODLINESS HAS VALUE FOR ALL THINGS, HOLDING PROMISE FOR FOR BOTH THE PRESENT LIFE AND THE LIFE TO COME."

1 TIMOTHY 4:7-8