Living Large on Love, Part 5

Knoxville (WVLT) - With an extended family of 27 children, 24 of them adopted and some severe disabilities, space is a need rather than a luxury, and for the Piety family, they'll admit they've been blessed.

Their home sits on 35 acres in the Karns community with 18 bedrooms, 10 of which they live in.

"We have 5 guest bedrooms and people who come to stay here a lot of missionaries, soccer teams that are involved with our children," says Ken.

But for years, Ken and Linda struggled financially. They felt they were called to adopt, but had no means to do it, at one point, they were even on food stamps.

"When we adopted our first child, we were making $278 a month and we had a payment and running an inner city ministry on faith," says Ken.

Their faith led to what they call a financial miracle. Ken's small company reaped big dividends and sold for millions.

He and wife Linda devoted full-time to their family. They also transformed the newly bought 35 acres to more than just a home.

"We named it Jubilee Farms, because we wanted it to be a place of restoration and be a place for people to recover and find things, the fullness of what God has in their life," Ken says.

There's a horse stable, barns for chickens, ducks and goats, a pond stocked with fish. For those with disabilities, the entire property is handicapped accessible.

"We feel we are stewards of this, it isn't a show place, it's a place god uses to minister to people," Ken says.

And everywhere you look, there are reminders of that. The family has downsized a bit from 27, 16 grew up and moved on..11 are left, ages 41 to 8, with two with cerebral palsy.

But the thing most evident is, the love and devotion they have for each other with no regard to color, gender, or handicaps.

"For me, and told them, my desire is that they be people of character, people who really love god and who's lives are devoted to him, if that's the case, I'm confident their job's will take care of themselves," Ken adds.


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