Once or twice in a person's lifetime we cross paths with somebody who is one of a kind. Several years ago,when Tammy and I got invited to Sunday dinner at the Reels house, we had no idea what God was going to do, to all of us! The Reels began to minister to us in a very relational way. They fed us, all the time. They brought firewood over to keep our house warm, they picked up our kids from school, brought us deer meat, garden produce, fresh eggs... When we needed help working on the house or the yard or whatever project was going on, they stepped in and got it done. They recruited volunteers to paint the TNP mission house, hang drywall, build rooms, donate wood, fix our car, and on and on. It was to be honest, like nothing I had experienced before. Soon The gathering was born and the Reels again cooked meals and invited new people to TNP and brought hours and hours of labor to every project we did. Behind the scenes, we found out that they did all that on a personal grocery budget of $100 a week. They fed 5 kids plus any and all new comers. Simply amazing. As TNP grew we needed a secretary and bookkeeper. So Twig quickly volunteered for this crazy busy job. As we branched out into disaster response, we promoted her to crew leader, then finally to Assistant National Director. Today we are announcing that she is The National Director. Her duties will be most of the things that she has always done, but before it seemed that I got all the credit and I wanted to acknowledge one of our "quiet giants". I have said to you all before, "If it seems like I am big or successful, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants". I will continue to be the Executive Director of Three Nails Project. I liken my personality to that of Paul and Ezekiel. Paul was a late bloomer who became a passionate speaker for Jesus. Ezekiel was a crazy street preacher who didn't care what anybody thought of his ways of sharing God's word. Twig is more of the Mother Teresa of TNP, full of humility and the biggest heart. Always makes herself last and I know she is the right person for this position.
It is her kind and gentle leadership style that draws lots of volunteers to our projects. In one disaster her volunteer total for the day was over 1,000 people. She managed to give a smile to each one.
In a couple of weeks we will begin the construction of another Knox county tornado zone home. Bobe and Brenda Coffman have met with Twig and asked TNP to come to their aid. We joyfully said "Yes" and hope you can find time in your lives to come volunteer.
Anyone who knows her, knows her love of people and animals. When her husband, Sam got a tax refund, he spent it on her, with a gift of 4 weiner dog puppies!!!