Erik the Flutemaker

Why I do what I do

By Erik the Flutemaker

When I was a kid my dad struggled with alcohol and I saw what that was doing to families around the world.
Aside from a lot of heart-ache, my mother was left alone and our family lost everything. For a time they were homeless and the family broke apart.
As a child others helped to pay for my education.

I left home having just turned 17 and was on the road.

By 18, I was traveling through Mexico and Guatemala making flutes.

By 19, though Argentina and Brazil and became very comfortable with the people and the language.

                     Selling in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1971

Later at 22, underneath an avocado tree in Hawaii, I had an encounter with the Creator and began to see more as He sees.
As I retuned to Latin America, I saw much need; but this time I found ways to help.

For example: I met children in Nicaragua being rescued from a garbage dump who needed a place to live.

                             The home for children in Nicaragua
At that time, I had found bird whistles in a ceramic town in the mountains of Colombia and for $100, I bought 1000 bird whistles.
I made $5 necklaces out of them and one day sold 350 at a school to help those kids in Nicaragua have a home.
From that one sale, I was able to raise $1,500, and buy 1.7 acres, pay the town’s taxes and pay the lawyer.
The cost of those bird whistles was only $35. I was so encouraged that I was able to find ways to help, that I did not stop.
It became a great joy to touch lives using the gifts that the Creator had blessed me with.

That is why you will find an opportunity to support what we do on my website and at times find special flute projects dedicated to help someone specific.

As of April 2016, with the help of my customers and the sale of flute sets, we are  building a 7th house for the poor in Nicaragua.

We are supporting a children’s home with 25 kids, moving food to 52 feeding centers,
bringing food and supplies to 199 disabled children, mostly left abandoned by their fathers.
My customers and 2 churches helped to provide 90 beds for the disabled children we were feeding.

Since 2012 we have helped to build and support a farm growing food for the children's home, the disabled kids and to sell.

More at www.FlutemakerMinistries.org

When we see darkness in the world today, we can run from it, complain about it, or we can turn on the light to change it.

I celebrate all of my world-wide flute customers who have helped us to do this.

From Iceland to New Zealand, from Germany, Japan to the United Kingdom, to Mexico, Australia, Brazil, France, Belgium and all over the USA. From Northern Canada to Toronto, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, China and Croatia, Slovenia, India, Greece and Russia to Israel, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria and Bahrain my customers have supported the idea of being a blessing to someone in need.

Thanks to all my wonderful customers around the world, who have helped me to turn on the light, give hope, feed the hungry, clothe the needy and support education.

Someone was there for me when I was a kid. It is really neat to be there for others!

God bless you all!  
Erik the flutemaker

Comments

Posted by Olivia on June 01, 2016

In the mid 90s I organized a tour of Erik’s flute shop for a group of home schoolers. So many home school moms called me that several trips ended up happening so all the kids could see what this amazing flutist would say and do. My kids are grown now, but this visit to Erik’s studio rates the best home school field trip ever! Erik shares the gospel via melodious song! Erik, may your flute kingdom continue with blessings from the Lord above and in the hope that one day my grand kids can visit.

Posted by Santini L. on February 23, 2016

This article of your life is such a pleasure to read. The good book talks about you will know them by their fruits. Not to mention using your God talents wisely. It’s nice to see you recognized the talents God has given your hands to build quality flutes for people to enjoy for a variety of reasons. One is truly blessed who considers the poor. Well done Erik.
God Bless You!

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Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325
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