About the Author

Sean Lambert is the executive director and president of YWAM San Diego/Baja. He has traveled and ministered on more than 50 nations. He is the founder of Mission Adventures and Homes of Hope, two global networks that have mobilized more than 225,000 people in outreaches around the world. Sean also serves on the Board of Regents for the University of the Nations and on several other international leadership teams that serve and support the the greater vision of YWAM. In 2016, Homes of Hope was featured in People magazine’s “American Heroes” special edition. Sean and his wife, Janet, live in San Diego, California, and they have three grown daughters. 

As a teenager, Sean Lambert left college in 1979 to join Youth With A Mission (YWAM), now one of the world’s largest mission organizations. His first overseas mission was to Thailand, where he assisted thousands of Cambodian and Laotian war refugees. He experiences there taught him how to minister to people by addressing both their spiritual and their practical needs. 

After Thailand, Sean joined the staff of YWAM Los Angeles, was married, and with his wife, Janet, began mobilizing hundreds of youth each year in short-term outreaches. In 1990, Sean and his daughter Andrea traveled with a team to Tijuana, Mexico, to build a home for a poor family. Andrea’s plea for a family living in an abandoned bus led Sean to mobilize a second group to build a home for the poor. Since 1990 the Homes of Hope vision has continued to expand. The Homes of Hope Story gives a behind-the-scenes account of how God has led Sean and Janet in engaging the poor and how thousands have joined with them in discovering the joy of giving. It’s also an insightful guide to leadership, chronicling both the success and the failures in the journey of founding a ministry and trusting in God for its growth.

 Sean speaking in front of the property of the second-ever house build, inspired by a simple question from his daughter, c. 1990.

Sean speaking in front of the property of the second-ever house build, inspired by a simple question from his daughter, c. 1990.

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“Daddy, are you going to build a house for the bus people too?” My daughter’s question deeply touched my heart….During my many trips to Baja, Mexico, I had been continually struck by the lack of adequate shelter and sheer human need in the basics of life. All of us are created in God’s image, and therefore all have great value. I knew it was not God’s intent for people to live in ramshackle shelters made of scrap wood, tarps, and cardboard…. I soon realized that God didn’t intend our home build to be a one-time occurrence. He was calling us to something much bigger.