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“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...

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...

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...

2015 Annual Report

We believe God intends for every child to grow up in a family, and it is our goal to create and support families for life. God has graciously provided for us as we endeavor toward this goal, and each year we reflect on God's goodness to Homes of Love. Because our donors are such an important part of His provision, we want to share our reflections in our 2015 Annual Report. It includes highlights from...

Meet Homes of Love Cambodia #1!

After two years in Cambodia, we are overjoyed to introduce our first Homes of Love family! Pictured in the first image above are parents Kha and Trinh with new Homes of Love children Leakena (22), David (16), and Mary (12). Kha and Trinh are Khmer, members of the Baptist church in Cambodia, and considered leaders in their community. They were not able to have biological children but have always had a heart to give a...

Smile and Create Families for Life!

Did you know you can help Homes of Love when making your everyday (or holiday shopping!) purchases on Amazon? It's easy to sign up and choose Homes of Love as your charity. Then each time you make an eligible purchase using AmazonSmile, Homes of Love receives a donation of .5% of your total. 1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and sign in with your normal Amazon account information. 2. Search for "Homes of Love, Knoxville TN"....

Why Family-Based Care?

Scripture describes family as God’s idea and His ideal. More and more, social science is confirming this truth: within a family is the best place for a child to grow. According to Faith to Action Initiative, studies show that living in an institution, especially for a long time or at a young age, has significant negative impacts on a child’s development and social relationships and leads to increased risks later in life. For example, daily...