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S.E. asia

Homes of love #1 and #8

Homes of Love creates families for orphaned, abandoned, and other at-risk children in Southeast Asia & Zimbabwe. The love, sense of belonging, and connection to community that comes through living in a family helps our Homes of Love children to escape the dangers of poverty, abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation to grow into thriving adults. For this reason, we partner with Christians in each country to identify, train, and support in-country godly parents to raise these children as their own. In HOL families, children receive guidance and love from parents, as well as healthcare and access to education. We believe God intends for every child to grow up in a family and it is our goal to create families for life. HOL parents spend their lives 24/7 teaching and training their HOL children, investing in the next generation.

HOL high school, young adults often teach Sunday school and VBS. A college coordinator conducts seminars in life skill training, Biblical world views, and coordinates outreaches within their communities. For the first time, the 2018 HOL Southeast Asia Summer Camp leadership consisted of two-thirds HOL young adults and one- third volunteers from Fellowship. With the help of their college coordinator, the HOL young people planned and implemented much of the camp for 160 people. In January, during a month-long trip to Southeast Asia, one of our young adults practiced her English skills as our translator. We sent two HOL young adults to YWAM discipleship training in the Philippines. In the Knoxville office, half of the US staff are Generation Y or Millennials, who take on important roles and keep us connected to the next generation of HOL supporters.

NORTH AND SOUTH MINISTRY TEAMS

NORTH
The North Ministry Team is composed of lay people representing 3 generations, including a few members who are now young adults who grew up in the Homes of Love, and have a desire to serve the Lord in ministry either full- time or bi-vocationally. They focus on reaching young people and children. English classes and computer learning are tools for students. The impoverished kids who cannot go to school are invited to a variety of creative settings for food, crafts, games and Bible studies. When these children come to Christ, the Ministry Team members connect them with a local church body that can nurture them spiritually. The North Team also assists with the agriculture development project the Mai’s are developing in country.

SOUTH
The South Ministry Team is composed of lay people who have not had any formal biblical education. They focus on reaching impoverished kids who cannot go to school. They build relationships by teaching, then they invite the kids to a variety of creative settings for food, crafts, games and Bible studies. When these children come to Christ, the Ministry Team members connect them with a local church body that can nurture them spiritually. The south team also provides children’s ministry training to lay people in rural churches, and distributes children’s Bibles that Fellowship Church has developed and produced.

DAVID AND DEBBIE MAI

David & Debbie were born and raised in Christian homes in their country. Both their grandparents were first fruits of Christian Evangelicals in the country. David’s grandfather was killed when a political party tried to consolidate power in the late 40’s.

David’s father was a teacher, a Sunday School teacher, a church deacon and both his parents were very much involved in church life. Debbie’s parents met in Bible School, got married, and did mission work for 40 years. Later they came back to teach at the Bible College from which they graduated.
David & Debbie have been serving with Fellowship Church since 1997. We support 2 “lay-led” ministry teams that pioneered the concept of “lay ministry” when they started over 10 years ago. Their focus has been many-faceted over the years, based on the gifts of team members and the ministry needs. Presently their focus is to provide children’s ministry training to rural churches who have no regular staff to do so.

We provide “in-person” theological training to groups of pastors in a number of locations on an annual basis. We also are translating and producing many theological works, and are currently developing some of these materials for some of the tribal areas.

We are developing an agri-business network that grows, gives away, and sells crops with the purpose of feeding families in poor villages, and providing income for believers and the church.

PHIL AND MINDY

Phil and Mindy are working on a university campus in Southeast Asia where there is a need for professional English teachers. As teachers they pursue excellence in the classroom as a central part of their calling. On a platform of educational credibility, Phil and Mindy strive to establish deep relationships which begin when students observe them valuing the whole student and not just their English ability. Outside the classroom, intentional activities encourage students to use English to dig into deeper life topics. Where interest in truth takes root, they come alongside to answer questions. They expect the changes in their students and colleagues to have a broad impact in their communities as these new friends become leaders in their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, and fellowships.