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Rebuild Abraham's house

$11,587 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 3 months
Created October 1, 2018
I met Abraham at the Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC) in 2013 where he was studying and I was doing maintenance work.

Two and a half years later, with no interim contact, we met again this time in Dubai airport. We were both on our way to volunteer aboard a Christian charity ship, Logos Hope, on which we spent two years together.

Whilst there, some dramas in the village back home saw Abraham's house burnt to the ground and now, nearly 7 months after coming home, Abraham is still living in the village church.

The small village is without power or running water, all water for washing and drinking is carried from the dirty river nearby 33411384_1538442561201766_r.jpegand most live a subsistence lifestyle surviving on the sweet potatoes and corn they grow in their small plots.

We were talking last night as we do at least twice a week and I realised things aren't going to change unless someone does something. So I'm gonna do something!

As a carpenter myself and having a couple of weeks free between jobs I hope to go over and get my hands dirty and though I can afford the flights, I can't afford to buy the materials from the nearby town.

Will you help me raise $10,000AUD to hire a mill to cut the timber, buy plywood, roofing iron, nails and some hand tools to rebuild Abraham's house?

As there is no power in the village all the cutting and fixing will have to be done by hand - my right shoulder is already feeling sore! 

I will have to assess the options, time and cost effectiveness of milling timber versus buying milled lumber and somehow getting it to the village once I get there. 

Any excess funds raised will go towards Abraham's dream of evangelism and livelihood training amongst the youths, unemployed and drug addicted (which he once was) in the area.

Thank you! 

William
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Update 21
Posted by William Florance
2 months ago
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Hi all!

We've reached the end of this paragraph and I for one am ready for a couple of days off before getting back to work on Friday.

I'm in Port Moresby having left the village Tuesday night, attended a bible college graduation on Wednesday, flown down here Thursday and then assisted with a missions awareness course here yesterday.

The plan is to head for the airport in about an hour and, Lord willing, get into Melbourne around 9:30pm local time this evening. I'll try to find my way to some friends with whom I'll stay the night and catch a train/bus home either Sunday or Monday which will be 4 weeks since I left.

As a random comment, I haven't trimmed my beard since i left and my overgrown moustache is pre-tasting my food and annoying me no end! Small price to pay...

Thank you again for partnering with us, I have certainly had my faith tested and trust that God only has greater things in store, may that be your testimony too.

I trust you enjoy the videos!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuDuZxvSluQr4FzrJsB0n4Q

Blessings,

William and Abraham
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Update 20
Posted by William Florance
2 months ago
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G'day guys!

It's Friday afternoon and time is hot on our tail as we try to get as much done as possible before I leave.

If we're fit enough we'll work tomorrow but no promises as all the guys, Abraham and myself are starting to get quite fatigued. Either way, Tuesday will be my last working day and we'll take every bit of progress between now and then as a gift!

Things must be progressing as we've used nearly 40kg of nails so far so Abraham and I are doing a rushed trip to town to get another 20kg box and hopefully a few other bits and pieces which will allow us to get the roof finished.

As it stands, all the rafters are up and and we are looking set to start on the roofing iron either this evening when the sun gets low or tomorrow morning early.

If I can find an acceptable way to transfer money to Abraham after I leave I'll keep the page going otherwise we'll thank the Lord for His generosity thus far and look forward to the future when it happens.

Enjoy the photos and check out the latest videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuDuZxvSluQr4FzrJsB0n4Q

Blessings,

William and Abraham
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Update 19
Posted by William Florance
2 months ago
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Hi all!

Thank you so much for partnering with us to this point and helping us reach the original goal, the impact already has been incredible and we have only the floor finished!

Short of a couple of rolls of mesh, we have sufficient materials on site (or near enough to it) to get the walls up and roof on so the overall structure will be complete however there won't be any glass in the windows and the internal walls will just be skeletons.

With that in mind, we went to the hardware store again this morning and I priced the remaining materials including glass, internal doors, handles, cladding for one side of each wall so at least it will be private, guttering, a water tank and enough pipe to get the water into the tank and then just a tap on the bottom so that the community can come and have access to rain water without having to go to the river.

All that comes to $4,400AUD.

Then there's flights. I was able to change the one flight I had booked from Mt Hagen to Port Moresby, rescheduling it for the 8th of November, and now need to book from Port Moresby to Melbourne which will cost me around $640AUD based on what I saw this morning. The money I had set aside I've already spent here and this afternoon took a chunk out of my other account to have enough to pay the guys milling timber. I do have enough left to book them myself, which will clean me out pretty well but I'll be back at work earning a good wage within a week of getting home so provided I can get home I'm not too fussed.

All that to explain why I've upped the goal! If we can find another $5000aud ($3,550USD) in the next week I will be able to leave Abraham with whatever materials I run out of time to fit, he'll be much closer to having a house ready to live in than his 5 year plan would have anticipated and I'll be able to get home without cleaning out both bank accounts.

We are incredibly thankful for all who have given, many of you several times as the Lord has enabled you! If I could quantify the impact it's had so far I'd tell you though I think only in heaven will we hear.

We're now back at the house in Mt Hagen where the power's out so we have neither power nor running water (strangely familiar) but greatly enjoyed a day off nonetheless. I was given the keys to another landcruiser and, after our hardware store visit, we went exploring up in the nearby hills where I got to meet some more relatives of our hosts and even got to cuddle a baby! She was one of the most placid babies I've ever held and was quite happy trying to grab my beard and then sucking on my (clean) finger as we walked back from the creek that Abraham fell in...

God knows the small things that bring me great joy (like driving landcruisers and holding babies) and it seems to delight Him also to bless me with them completely unexpectedly. :-D

Lastly, praise the Lord for the rest we've had over the last day and a half - I'm feeling much more human - and please continue to pray for His enabling as I preach morning and evening tomorrow then we try to get some progress happening on walls, the roof and whatever else the Lord allows us in the days ahead.

Thank you!

In Christ,

Abraham and William.
Behind the wheel and smiling!
You has stuff on your face...
I mean, hey, I'm clean now!
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Update 18
Posted by William Florance
3 months ago
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G'day, g'day!

We're in Mt Hagen again having stayed the night and taken Chris to the airport this morning.

It's crazy to think that I've only been here for just over a week. So much has happened, so much is yet to happen, we trust, and I for one am desperately in need of a rest. With that in mind we're taking some time out to rest and refuel before getting back into it - it being preaching morning and evening on Sunday then building again on Monday.

Physically, construction is going well. We would have liked to have gotten further yesterday but it was just too hot and we were going to kill ourselves. Health is holding up, praise God! My sunburn is no longer hurting though I have some brilliant white socks in contrast...

Mentally, I'm tired but seem to be in an OK place. Hopefully with some good rest I'll be thinking clearly enough to continue with the building as I don't have Chris to bounce things off now. Preaching off the cuff has added some stress but so far the Lord has graciously allowed me to make sense I'm told!

Emotionally, I'm a bit frayed. The drama with Jeremiah losing his arm hit a nerve and now this tribal unrest that's claimed at least one life in the last 24 hours isn't helping to ease the tension. We've been encouraged to keep a low profile until the situation becomes a little clearer.

Spiritually - certainly the most consequential though also perhaps the most difficult to quantify. I am not feeling particularly threatened but am very mindful that we're encroaching on the devil's territory in big ways.

Far beyond the impact of a physical structure, the impact we've had speaking, preaching, praying, working, living, loving, giving, serving and more to, with and for the people here is, to borrow a quote from a friend, 'sending echoes crashing into eternity.'

Churches have come together like they haven't done in over a decade; Wednesday night so many showed up that we moved the service outside the building! The gospel has been proclaimed to hundreds, many of which aren't church goers, and many have been touched by the simple fact that we are here giving us opportunity to give God the credit. Chris has been so touched that, despite not being a confident public speaker, he is trying to piece his thoughts together to challenge the church at home to live authentic lives in full submission to Christ - I can't describe how excited I am for him, this sort of reaction just fills my heart with joy! Really though, I shouldn't be surprised. God took fishermen and made them fishers of men. I build things, He's called me to build people.

I mention that the drama with Jeremiah losing his arm hit a nerve. Spoiler alert, this may be the topic of my next sermon at home, but here's what hit me: The sight of the guy with his left arm hanging by a flap of skin just below the elbow, blood all over him, gashes also on his feet and head, immediately is both shocking and enraging.

One immediate reaction was the thought that, 'no one deserves this!' which was quickly followed by the realisation that actually, he didn't deserve to still be alive. By God's standard of justice, he should have died; that I should have died.

That's a sobering thought. The next realisation is that, gory as this is, Jesus went through more, willingly, and undeservingly... for me.

Oh the sense of awe and gratitude that should flood our souls!

I was then hit by the thought that should I continue to follow the Lord into dicey situations then one day it will be me who gets the chop which hurts in many ways. I'm human, I don't like pain and that looks painful! More than that perhaps is the thought of family. I still want my own and to think that I may take them into these situations with me and not be able to protect them is particularly painful. Still, if that's the price the Lord asks me to pay, may I be found willing... After all, 'whoever loses his life for Christ will find his life saved.' it's not about the here and now.

Back to the present, rather than attach a stack of videos, check out my YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuDuZxvSluQr4FzrJsB0n4Q

You'll find the latest there and also this album on Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/william.florance/albums/1885209361556265/

Which you should be able to access and has all the photos I've been uploading.

Thanks again for getting involved!

Blessings,

Abraham and William
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