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Rebuild Abraham's house

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Raised by 90 people in 5 months
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 and 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 Phase 2. As a Post Script to the above, my visit in October last year saw the structure go up and the house secure though there is no cladding on the internal walls, they're just frames! There isn't any guttering on the roof so the rain water all goes on the ground whilst the villagers all drink from the same muddy river that they bathe and do laundry in. Likewise, one door has a small ladder outside and the other simply has a 2 metre drop... So there are still a few things to finish off. My current contract ends mid April leaving me free to return for round 2. Check out the updates for the latest! Blessings, William, 9th March 2019
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It rained! Last night we had just over 21mm of rain, the most in a single night this year which has brought us to just under half of our average rainfall. No wonder the dams are so dry!

The week away at fire was good too.

Now back to the story! Abraham has been able to get some materials quoted which is wonderful as it gives me a far better idea of what we're up against this time than last and, as you'll notice, I have adjusted the target accordingly.

Why? That's a good question.

Why does it cost so much and is it really fair to be spending so much on this house when every other home in the village is made of grass?

These are questions I have asked myself over the past few months and the best answer I have found has been in the realisation that these questions are actually irrelevant.

The real question is, 'what has the Lord put before me?' Let me do it with all my heart.

And so I invite you, not to give but to ask the Lord what it is that He has put before you and then let me encourage you to do it with all your heart.
If that involves being a part of this project, great! If not, great!

I for one am excited to see what He has is store :-)
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Well G'day!

It's been a whole summer since we last spoke and much is happening.

Check out the video update if you will but in short, I plan to return to PNG to facilitate a Kairos course at the end of April (if you haven't done one you should) and, whilst there, have every intention of getting some final, big ticket items done on Abraham's missionary home.
Clean drinking water for the village is a key concern and it would be great to harness the rain catching ability of the new roof but... I'm not really comfortable with having a tank on the new house and expecting everyone else in the village to come to it for water. With that in mind, I ran the idea past Abraham that we build a little communal shelter away from the house and closer to the others in which we can put a good sized tank, run the pipes from the roof of the new house underground the 30 metres to the 'tank hose' and provide fresh, safe drinking water that way. Abraham said he thought that was a brilliant idea and so we'll call it a plan.

Other than the above, to finish the house itself we have a couple of sections of verandah and some stairs to build, the internal walls and ceilings to line - it's all just frame inside - 5 or 6 doors and handles, perhaps a ventilator on the roof to let the heat out, fly screens on the windows and any furniture we need. I hope to build some beds and buy some mattresses in particular.

To add to all that, my little mother has asked if she might be able to come! As you may recall, she was born in Mt Hagen and hasn't been back since she was a 6 year old. She is a little nervous about leaving the family at home, finding money for flights, safety and the availability (or lack thereof) of amenities but I would be delighted to take her along! We'll get her a passport and see what God allows to happen.

Hopefully in the coming week we'll be able to get some quotes (especially given that this time we have a better idea of what's actually needed!) and then I'll be able to adjust the fund raising target accordingly.

So there's a snapshot! If you also would like to come, please message me and please also share this update around. We've been so blessed by people's support of phase 1 and are hopeful of the Lord's provision for phase 2.

Have Your way Jesus!
This video has the latest!
The current state of the house.
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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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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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