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Members of Builders for Christ continue construction on two new barn-shaped cabins at the ministry based Tennessee Guest Ranch in Dunlap Wednesday. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press Members of Builders for Christ continue construction on two new barn-shaped cabins at the ministry based Tennessee Guest Ranch in Dunlap Wednesday. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
DUNLAP, SEQUATCHIE COUNTY - It felt like an Amish barn-raising. Dozens of men massed deep in the Sequatchie Valley to swing hammers, lay pipe and praise God. The Mississippi-based group Builders for Christ is spending this week at the Tennessee Guest Ranch, a Christian ministry and boarding school northwest of Dunlap.

Early Wednesday, before the morning fog had lifted, men in church T-shirts and dirty jeans stood in a dusty wooden horse pen to hear the Word. Then it was on to doing what they came for: building for Christ.

Each year, the traveling construction troop brings people together from various states, including Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina, usually to build churches. But this year, the group decided to help the growing ranch, which supports Honduran orphanages and missionaries as well as playing host to family getaways and youth group trips.

Builders for Christ, and many similar Christian building groups, offer free labor. They take their own vacation time, pay for their own travel and their own food while on site. This week, they're sleeping in a nearby Baptist church. They generally work on framing, electrical work and plumbing. And often they never see the fruits of their labor.


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