God's Pit Crew makes progress on Fire and Faith build for Gatlinburg couple

Volunteers began Day 1 of the Fire and Faith build on Friday

GATLINBURG – Day one of the Fire and Faith home build by God’s Pit Crew is in the books.


As WSLS 10 has reported, Terry and Sarah Benson lost their home in the deadly Tennessee wildfire. Sarah is originally from Giles County and currently has family in Roanoke. The couple was selected by God’s Pit Crew after an application process for a free home rebuild. It wasn’t until after they were selected that God’s Pit Crew realized that Sarah’s family had volunteered with the organization's previous home builds after Hurricane Katrina. It was during that time that Sarah says her brother felt called to become a minister.

Now, the good deed has come full circle. Terry and Sarah are receiving the same benefit they helped others receive during their time of need.

Through fundraising efforts, God’s Pit Crew has been working to rebuild their home on the same plot of land their previous home was built on in Gatlinburg.

Thursday the organization loaded up supplies and headed to the site. On Friday, volunteers built the floor joists and made major progress on the home build. Executive Director Randy Johnson said they plan on building the walls this weekend, and the roof is expected to be built on Monday.


Despite the progress, there is still a lot of money that needs to be raised to complete the home build.

The organization still needs to raise a little over $30,000 to complete the build.
Donations can be made through God's Pit Crew's website.

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