Home build

Documenting a home building project and evangelistic event which took place in Tijuana Mexico in November 2010.

Photo credits: - Chad Youngquist - John Rennert - Jim Harp

Blog by Jim Harp

Chad and Jamie

Chad and Jamie
Chad and Jamie

The Home for Home Program

Chad and Jamie Youngquist along with Chad's parents Jon and JoAnn Youngquist own Pillar Development Company which specializes in building modest starter homes in Ellensburg Washington. For each home Pillar Development builds in the USA they are committed to building a small home for an underprivileged family in a developing country. This project is known as the Home for Home Program and consists of the Youngquist family and their many friends from around the world.


The Home for Home building projects are completed in cooperation with Baja Christian Ministries.


Baja Christian Ministries (BCM) serves the spiritual and physical needs of the poor through engaging short-term mission teams in Mexico. For Churches and organizations throughout the United States, Mexico and worldwide, this Ministry provides opportunity for active, first-hand service in the third world environment.

This blog documents a Home for Home build and evangelistic event which took place in Tijuana Mexico in November 2010. The Youngquists graciously invited me to join their group for the weekend which turned out to be one of the most educational, emotional and rewarding experiences in my life.

Jim Harp

Building a two bedroom house in 6-1/2 hours.

The work crew from Mexico and Washington State pose on the concrete slab which will soon become the base for the new home. (I'm the guy holding the camera.) The volunteers in this picture have done a number of these projects so they are able to complete one in an amazing time. The completed home has  3 rooms, loft, roofing, siding, windows, sheet rock, tape, mud, exterior paint and electrical. Plumbing is not a factor as there is no running water in this neighborhood.
Pictured above is Maria who is a leader in the local church and has pitched in to help build previous homes in the neighborhood. When it was learned that Maria was going to lose her home it was decided that she would be the recipient of the home we came to build.

Exterior components are painted on the ground eleminating the need to paint the completed structure.

The framing goes up quickly.

The pre-painted gable ends are placed upon the front and rear walls.

Pastor Hector Rubio has participated in so many builds he could supervise the construction of this structure in his sleep. His cowboy hat is actually a reinforced construction workers hard hat.

Sheet rock, tape then mud and done.
A job well done, with hearts full of joy as evidenced by the broad smiles.

Maria, her daughter and grandson smile while Chad hands over the keys and these lyrics from a favorite hymn went through my head -
Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.