Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38.

Multiple volunteers with Builders For Christ teamed together this month to help a local church begin construction of a new church.

Volunteers from as far away as Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina joined with Builders for Christ of Lauderdale County at the church, located just east of Chunky on Highway 80 in Meehan, to help frame the building, put on a roof and do some electrical work on the interior.

Builders for Christ help construct church in Meehan

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Miles Bonine, of Oklahoma, and Danny Welch of Magee, work on the corners of the roof at the new Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Meehan. The two men are part of a group of helpers with Builders for Christ.

“Our goal for the project was to black in the building, and get as much electrical done as possible in a week and a half,” said Paul Harris, project manager for Builders for Christ. “Generally our idea is we show up and the slab is already on the ground and we start from there, but that’s not always the case.

“Interesting this time there was a lot of things that seemed to be barriers that God worked out. We had to say that God has this under control and we move along as he moves us. The verse we focused on was Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

Builders for Christ help construct church in Meehan

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Paul Harris, team leader for the Builders for Christ project in Meehan, measures and marks a panel for cutting at the construction site of the new Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Meehan.

The group that started in 1977 is a non-profit group that chooses different mission projects the first of June each year where they frame a building somewhere in the United States. Harris said their goal is to give the church they are working on a tool that will help them reach the community they find themselves in.

“The reason we do it is so they can carry on the mission that God has given them to do within the community,” Harris said. “Many of us already have buildings and are able to worship there. It’s important for us to help a church have a place to worship and reach people for Christ.”

Builders for Christ help construct church in Meehan

Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star

Miles Bonine, of Oklahoma, and Danny Welch of Magee, work on the corners of the roof at the new Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Meehan. The two men are part of a group of helpers with Builders for Christ.

Harris said the group is self-contained – supplying their own food and cooking for themselves while working on a project.

“This go around Chunky Baptist Church hosted us,” Harris said. “We put down air mattresses and cots in their Sunday School rooms and used their kitchen. Some of the volunteers stayed at Green Grove Baptist Church.”

To volunteer, or for more information on Builders For Christ, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BuildersForChrist.

Builders for Christ help construct church in Meehan

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A crew with Builders for Christ work on constructing the new Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Meehan.

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