Why I Do This - Christina Doerter's Story
It was only a brief time that I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, the state-side headquarters of Homes of Love. During that time though, I was introduced to the mission and heart of Homes of Love and began a partnership with them that has lasted almost a decade.
After attending Jacksonville State University, I moved to Knoxville in 2010 to start an internship working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I got involved with the Grove, a ministry of Fellowship Church. It was there one night that I heard someone’s testimony of how the Lord had changed his life serving at a summer camp in Vietnam with Homes of Love.
A curiosity about Homes of Love was sparked, and after learning more, I knew I wanted to be a part of what God was doing through HOL. I loved being able to have an impact on the lives of children on the other side of the world, and to help offer these children a life-long home with loving parents.
After partnering regularly through financial support, I decided in 2012 to add to my relationship with Homes of Love and begin sponsoring a child named Hien in Vietnam. I gave monthly to help with Hien’s education expenses, and was able to begin writing letters with her. In 2014, I felt compelled to begin sponsorship for another child, Tuyet, also in Vietnam. Although I had not traveled extensively outside the US, I suddenly had a real, personal interest in traveling with Homes of Love--the hope of meeting my two sponsored children! After years of working out the timing, I was able to travel on a Friends & Family Trip to Vietnam in 2018. It was there I finally met Hien and Tuyet in person. Six years after I began writing letters and praying for these girls, I finally had a chance to see their faces and hug them! It was such an amazing experience! I was even able to attend church with my sponsored girls and bond with them through our shared faith. As a special gift, I was able to give them each a Bible with their name engraved on it. Years ago, these girls did not have a real loving family, but now they have people who love and care for them around the world. I want them to always remember this!
I also traveled with the HOL team to Cambodia, where the stark contrasts of daily living conditions were startling. Despite the needs I witnessed, I was reminded of what is truly important: that God’s presence is greater than all earthly comforts.