It happens occasionally that someone I am talking with will look at me in such a way that it’s like they are looking into my heart. Most often it’s with Ann or my men’s group who know me well.

Last week a Corey stood to talk about what he was taking home with him after having served in Westmoreland, TN on a Mission Discovery trip there. He had been serving at Rick Henson’s house with his youth group from Argyle United Methodist Church. Rick and his family was one of hundreds of families whose home was flooded in here in Middle Tennessee 6 weeks ago.

The Mission Discovery team gutted his house, replacing everything from insulation, drywall, floor joist, sup-flooring and clear about 60 square yards of storm disbre.

“He looked at me,” Corey said, speaking of Rick. Corey’s voice broke as he attempted several times to say one work that came from Rick’s stare, “Appreciation.”

Rick worked hard side by side with the team, even though he suffers from a back injury.

It wasn’t that Corey needed appreciation. He gave up a week of summer break to serve here-to sweat in Jesus name. Corey crawled out from underneath Rick’s house after working on a rotted floor support and connected with Rick’s eyes, and though Rick said no words, Corey understood Ricks countenance.

Rick’s wife and son had been out of town from most of the week and returned amazed at what the team had done in such a short time.

By the end of the summer we hope to see the Henson family back in their home as there are many Mission Discovery teams to follow.

Thanks also to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for dollars they passed along to Mission Discovery to help make the work possible not only at Rick’s house but at the home of Fay Johnson who had 4 feet of water in her home during the floods and Teddy (Last Name) who lost the bedroom of their special needs daughter to the flood.

Thanks also to all of you who sent flood buckets. We were able to purchase cleaning supplies with your dollars!

Today I’m in South Dakota awaiting another Mission Discovery team working here next week in Rapid City. Thank you for your prayers and support.