Building Service One Roof At A Time

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If you see a group of folks with building tools and trucks, if you hear an occasional burst of laughter amidst the hard work, you may be experiencing the outreach program of West Main Church of Christ volunteer building team erecting a home for a family in need in San Felipe, BC, MX.

Comprised of church members from The West Main Church of Christ in Medford, Oregon and Pepperdine University students, this group joins efforts with local Mexican philanthropy groups to offer their skills and service to help families in need. Every year, this team raises funds to build 1 or 2 homes in the San Felipe, BC community. The volunteers have very little actual building experience but they manage to complete a home in one week, plants and all. It is an international effort that supports local economy as many building supplies like lumber are purchased locally in Mexico.

The volunteer efforts inspire on many levels. People involved in service are impacted with the joy of helping others in need. A low income family celebrates having a home that they may not have had the opportunity to own. Those of us in witness to the process benefit from the beauty of service in action.

In 1986, Grant Newton took a trip to San Felipe.  Now a Professor of Accounting at Pepperdine University, he has impressed upon his students the importance of volunteer work. The ease in which this group extends their loving hand to others in need is testimonial to their generous intention: “We don’t want to change but simply to help them enjoy life more and to grow and develop.”

This outreach program is bold in its international extension yet simple in its common goodness.

To learn more about The West Main Church of Christ in Medford, Oregon, visit
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For more information about Pepperdine University, visit

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