Come Build Hope
Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
Come Build Hope is our annual Memorial Day home building trip to Baja, Mexico.
Come Build Hope 2018 is in the books:
- Two days
- 13 casas built
- 241 volunteeers
- Many new friendships made
- Many families blessed!
Who We Serve
Partnered with Amor Ministries (amor.org), we travel to rural Baja Mexico, near Rosarito.
Amor Ministries has been successfully building homes in communities in Mexico for the past 35 years. Working with the local pastors, Amor then links us to the families. Building casas for these families helps to bring stability, security and safety to their lives.
Registration for Come Build Hope runs from early March until early May each year.
Build Hope! Build People! Build Casas!
- Get hot, cold, dirty, thirsty and tired.
- Make a difference!
- Join over 300 people, on teams, building about 20 casas with families in Baja.
- No Experience Necessary. If you are willing, you’re qualified
- Come ready to work.
- Transportation is provided in nice buses.
- Tents are set up and provided for you.
- Meals and snacks are provided (and you’ll like them!)
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Please consider making a donation to Come Build Hope. Click the button to the right and enter the amount of donation, and select Come Build Hope Donation under Type. If you would like to sponsor someone to go on this mission trip, please enter their name in the Memo field.
Building homes in Baja, Mexico is a privilege for members and friends of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. We are going to Mexico to serve. We want to avoid doing anything as a group or as individuals that would compromise, endanger, or jeopardize our mission trip. We want to be clear about our motives, purposes and intentions before we leave for Mexico. We welcome your commitment to the following guidelines and helping us make a big difference in the lives of those we serve.
- Be positive and flexible.
- Be open to working hard.
- Be open to making new friends on your team.
- Be open to learn more about serving others.
- Come with servant’s heart.
- Be safe! Work safe!
- Have fun! Make a big difference in the lives of others.
- Abide by the dress codes on the building site and campsite.
- Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM until 6:00 AM.
- No Walkmans, iPods, MP3 Players, CD players or radios.
- This mission trip is drug and alcohol free.
Passports or Passport Cards are required for entry into Mexico and return to the USA by bus.
For more information about passports, please go to www.getyouhome.gov
IMPORTANT: Passports or Passport Cards are required of all participants, regardless of age. This includes children!
- Do not bring fresh fruit, alcohol, guns or fireworks into Mexico.
- Bring only your personal gear.
Re-entering the USA
Memorial Day Weekend is very busy at the border crossing. We will attempt to expedite the border crossing.
Do not bring the following back into the United States:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Meat and/or dairy products.
- Tobacco products.
- Fireworks, knives, or firearms.
- Illegal drugs or any drugs without prescriptions
- Pace yourself! It is very easy to overwork, especially on the first day.
- Trade off doing the various jobs. Take frequent rest breaks.
- Safety First! Look for dangerous situations. Correct dangerous situations.
- Be careful when climbing, sawing, pulling, carrying, and lifting.
- Buddy up! Never go off from your group alone.
- Gloves! Wear gloves when working with rough wood or metal products.
- Sun protection! The sun may be hot and intense. Wear sunglasses. Wear a hat.
- Use plenty of sunscreen.
- Water! You can’t drink enough water. Drink water at least once an hour. Drink only water supplied by our mission trip team.
- Lifting! Use your legs, not your back. Ask for help.
- Heights! Don’t put yourself or those below you at risk. Don’t leave any tools on high places where they might fall on those below.
- Injuries! Report all injuries to your site supervisor.
Your attitude will make a big difference.
- Change! Expect significant and frequent changes to plans and schedules.
- Be flexible. Stay flexible.
- Humility! We are guests of those we serve.
- Judgment! You will see situations and behaviors that are different from what you judge to be normal. Don’t rush to judgment. Accept the differences.
Food and beverage service will be as follows:
- Snacks and water provided on the bus to Mexico.
- Dinner at the campsite
- Saturday and Sunday morning:
- Breakfast buffet
- Assemble your own sack lunch.
- Beverages will be provided for you at the casa build sites.
- Saturday Evening: Buffet dinner with hot and cold drinks followed by campfire snacks.
- Bring your own refillable water bottle. Please make sure it is labeled with your name.
- Bring your own hand wipes or Purell.
- If you need or like specific drinks or snacks, you should bring them.
One camp bag plus a sleeping bag per participant.
Due to remodeling of the San Yisido border crossing, this year participants will carry their luggage with them thro9gh the border, as we will not be able to use the luggage trucks.
Personal Packing List – For the Camp Site:
- Sleeping bag, blanket, and pillow
- Air mattress if desired (foam ground pads will be provided)
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, soap, and shampoo)
- Bathing suit (no bikinis) and cover for showers
- Warm clothes for evenings
- Camp shoes
- Towel and wash cloth
- Jacket and/or hooded sweatshirt
- Bible, journal, and pen
- Solar shower and shower flip flops • Rain gear (we build – rain or shine)
- Camp clothes (shorts OK)
- Ear plugs
Personal Packing List – Your Day Pack:
- Handy Wipes or Purell, and hand lotion
- Work gloves and work shoes
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat/visor
- A fanny pack or back pack
- Water bottle (labeled)
- Work clothes (no dresses, shorts, Capri’s, or tank tops) on the job site
- Note: Clearly label your personal items and your tools with your name
DO NOT BRING:
- Alcoholic beverages or Illegal drugs
- Blow dryers or curling irons
- Camp chairs (they are provided)
- Walkmans, iPods, Radios
- Clothes that are revealing or have objectionable logos
- The Amor Participation Form is required for all participants.
- Download, sign, and return the form to Susie King in the church office, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075, or scan and email to her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the FMME (Forma Migratoria Multiple Electronica) to present at the border when entering Mexico.
- Click here for instructions on completing the FMME form.
- The form can be found at: www.inm.gob.mx/fmme
YOU MUST BRING YOUR PRINTED FORM AND PASSPORT TO PRESENT TO BORDER OFFICIALS.
Notes on the FMME form:
Be sure to select EN to get the English version.
Point of entry: El Chaperral
Address in Mexico: Valle Redondo