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January 2018 Trip to Asia

Earlier this year I somehow found myself halfway across the world roaming around a Cambodian fishing village trying to figure out what we were supposed to be filming next. With a camera in hand and all my gear on my back, I was hot, tired, and confused as to why God had me there in that moment. Why Cambodia? Why me? We were around some of the poorest people in the world, and we had...

2017 Annual Report

Since Homes of Love began more than 17 years ago, our belief has been that children belong in families. We praise God that each year brings new stories of Homes of Love children who were welcomed into safe, loving homes and are growing up to be men and women who love God and serve others.   These stories are only possibly because of your faithful prayers and gifts. We began with five...

Rex Travels to Southeast Asia (Part 5)

The day finally came for me to meet my forever friend, Lam! This was why I traveled so far: to be Lam’s friend when he is scared, happy, excited, or lonely. I am a gift he will never forget. Thanks to Cassie for taking me on the journey, and to all of you for loving my new friends in HOL. - Rex...

Rex Travels to Southeast Asia (Part 4)

Can you believe it? I'm here! It was a really long trip (32 hours total!) but now my feet are on the ground in Southeast Asia. We walked off the plane and headed to customs. The lines were so long! Then we waited for our luggage to come through. We had 21 pieces of luggage and boxes traveling with us! We...

Rex Travels to Southeast Asia (Part 3)

It was a long flight to Tokyo, but I made it there!  We had a layover for a couple of hours, so I made sure to find the McDonald's in the airport for lunch. After that, it was time for our last flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The flight attendant thought I was so cute that she wanted...

Rex Travels to Southeast Asia (Part 2)

After a short flight to Dallas, I got ready for my longest flight of the trip! It was 13 hours and 10 minutes from Dallas to Tokyo-Narita. I was hoping to get a good nights sleep and watch some fun movies to pass the time. As I flew, I began to wonder what life would be like in Southeast Asia. Would I be too hot?...

Rex, the Build-A-Bear, Travels to Southeast Asia

Hi, I'm Rex! I'm one of the Build-a-Bears that many of you made this summer for the new Homes of Love children in Southeast Asia. Join me this week as I share about my recent trip around the globe to meet my new friend Lam*. I left Knoxville,...

Homes of Love Featured on WBIR Live at Five at Four

Recently, a local TV news crew (WBIR, Knoxville's NBC affiliate) stopped by our office to talk with Debbie and Amanda about the work of Homes of Love and how it began. Click on the arrow above to view the video or go to the WBIR website to view the video. Recently, a local TV news crew (WBIR, Knoxville's NBC affiliate) stopped...

“Let’s Go Fly...”

On April 5, 2018, Homes of Love hosted its biennial celebration and fundraising banquet, entitled "Let's Go Fly." Held at the Mill & Mine in Downtown Knoxville, the night began with an outdoor reception featuring the band AM Station playing lively oldies tunes from the 50’s to 70’s. Guests sampled tea from Jackson Avenue Tea Company, including a special Homes of Love blend of green tea and mango. There was much...

2016 Annual Report

In July 2016, Debbie and I were able to celebrate 15 years of Homes of Love in Vietnam with our HOL staff and children!   Homes of Love began in 2001 after a Vietnamese pastor visiting us in the United States shared his vision for orphans in his country. He said, "Let's put the children into the homes of Christians. Children belong in families." Debbie and I agreed!   What...

A Prayer Walk - The Journey Continues (Part 2)

In Part 1, we shared the story of a prayer walk that led to the first Home of Love in Vietnam. Today, we want to share with you the recent journey of that home...  In 2005, after living there for four years, our first HOL family needed to move from their first home. It was owned by a pastor who planned to return to the house at the time of his retirement. We had...

A Prayer Walk: the Start of a Journey

Can you think of a moment in your life when you know that the Lord has clearly been at work? Those moments where He quietly shifts plans and aligns events? For Homes of Love, one of those times was in October 2000... A group traveled from Knoxville, Tennessee to pray in Vietnam. Gary and Debbie Chesney had originally planned to be on this trip, but felt the Lord leading them to stay behind.  Sue Dee...