Erik the Flutemaker

Flutemaker's Mercy Fund

Helping people stuck in extreme poverty.
My profound thanks to so many around the world
who have helped single moms with children with disabilities
 
who could only dream of a better life.
Because of you, dreams have come true! 
Erik the Flutemaker

 We not only want to help with extreme needs,
when feasible we also want to find a way to help them break the cycle of poverty.  


Linda Sampson, the flutemaker's wife, visiting Dennis in April, one of our 243 mercy kids.

So, What is the Flutemaker's Mercy Fund?

It is basically incoming donations from:
Erik the Flutemaker Inc.
Bamboo flute maker Ryan Stauffer (Flutes by Ryan),
Erik's customers
family & friends
Heart Dwellers from around the world
that support:
a children's home with 22 kids,
49 feeding centers that feed 5,000 children,
a food drive that is feeing 243 children with disabilities in many poor homes.
We also support a farm run by young men
who were rescued from the Somoto garbage dump
who are now helping to feed these outreaches.

Where do we do this?

We are working in Nicaragua, considered the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Who is on the ground making all this happen?

Pastor Carlos Baez, the executive director of a Heart to Love Foundation. Carlos was born into extreme poverty and when we met him he was rescuing kids from a garbage dump but he had no support.
How did this all come about?

In 2006, my wife, Linda and I were invited to Nicaragua to help on a missions trip with our children's ministry. There, we met an audience that changed our lives. Kids being rescued from a garbage dump.

We could not walk away from them.

With donations, we built them a home.


Then began to hear of children with disabilities that were struggling to eat in hungry homes, where most of the father's had fled.

Today we move food to 243 special needs kids. Each bag contains: 10 pounds of corn, 10 lbs of beans, 10 lbs of sugar, 20 lbs of rice with a soya vegi mix, 2 liters of cooking oil, 2 lbs of oats,  4 packages of spaghetti, 2 bars of hand soap,  2 bars to wash clothing, tooth paste, 3 rolls of toilet paper, 12 pampers for specific kids, 1 can of special milk for specific kids.

A reoccurring donation of $21 lets us attend one child for a month.

 

Pastor Carlos in the Teote distribution location in April 2017

With the help of many we have provided over 100 beds

5,000 kids are eating in 49 feeding centers

mercy moms learn a micro-business

We have partnered with many passionate folks on the ground like Max the Tailor.

Join a bunch of wonderful people around the world to change a child's life with practical love.

(For a ONE TIME donation sow some love here)

 

To  become a part of Flutemaker Ministries with radical love every month, make a REOCCURRING MONTHLY GIFT at the BUTTON BELOW!

 THANK YOU!

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The $200 Investment: A cool story…

Once I paid cash for a craft show way before it was due and the lady gave me a $200 discount. I saw it as a blessing from the Lord and put it in an envelope and wrote on it: “To invest”.        

2 years went by and I could not think of where to put it, so I lent it to Pastor Carlos to invest. Who put it in beans and corn. And made $400. He took $200 for needs and sowed the other $200 again in beans and corn. With the profit he painted 2 churches.

Again he sowed and with the profit put on 2 mercy roofs.

One year he took the profit and funded a jail ministry visiting 40 prisoners and bought them food with the investment. Many of them turned to the God of love, forgiveness and hope for a better tomorrow.

In 2016 he planted with the $200 and with his return made 1,500 cylinder blocks and built a church. In 2017 he painted 4 churches in 4 months. With the original $200 he has painted 80 churches.

The $200 is in bags of corn right now. 2,800 lbs which he can sell ½ so the $200 returns and he can either feed many with the other half or sow it.

 Might there be another $200 out there to join the $200 Investment Club?

If this is something that rings your bell and you would like to help, please mention "this is a gift to help Carlos invest in his ministry", thanks!

For a one time donation to help Pastor Carlos invest in his ministry:

 

To make reoccurring donation to support Flutemaker Ministries:

 Thank you for touching the world with practical love!

 Look what you have done since March!

Families helped by the Flutemaker's Mercy fund through Heart-Dwellers from March to July 2017 with donations from around the world.

July 20: A sacrificial and radical offering was given to enable us to fund once a month the feeding outreach of 243 children with disabilities until Jan 1, 2018! This was huge!

Two sewing machines were funded for 2 mercy families is to help break them out of poverty. Our tailor Max will teach them. 

Kenia and her son Enderson will get a new house.

 
This sweet and needy single family needed a new home.

When we arrived, Enderson was asleep. Our team had brought him some fortified milk and food and Linda spent a while praying for him.

Once he awoke, my puppet Lulu greeted him and the kids from the neighborhood began to come.

Sometimes my greatest joy is to see a mercy mom smile.
Cost to build Kenia a new home was $5,500 DONE!

Marisol Lopez and her mom needed a place to wash clothes and dishes. Done!

In April I met Maribel Lopez and her mom and dad. I was so touched by the love of the daughter for her father that I thanked him for staying with his family and then tears flooded my eyes. What a joy to help this humble family that has shown such love.

 Brenda and her 3 boys

Brenda's house had rotten rafters and cracked dirt walls. She is a single mom with 3 kids. Her oldest has challenges with epilepsy. Brenda washed and ironed clothes when she got work. At times she would suffer hunger. Her kids are on our feeding program.  I wanted her to have a better home and a better life. It will be a small block house. 

 Cost to build Brenda a new home, $5,000 DONE!!!

I am speechless. I love when others join in my simple  efforts to change the world. In 4 days because people still want to turn darkness into light, Brenda and her boys will have a better home. Dear customers who donated and bought flute sets, you are so appreciated. Erik

Brenda's New House going up July 2

July 6 Brenda's home

July 9


July 17

May 8th: Family #11 FUNDED!!!! Ana Jansy Maradiaga is 10 years old and struggles with Leukemia. Her father Miguel Angel makes $4.50 a day working in the country. Her mom makes very little washing and ironing clothes.

This home is DONE!

Floor: DONE! 
Bed#1 $115 DONE!
Bed #2: $115 DONE!

A latrine DONE! (Carlos donated this with funding from his bags and the housing was donated by the mayor of Jalapa.)
2 windows $120 DONE!
3 doors $300 DONE!
Roof $1,250 DONE!
Transportation and feeding of workers $300 DONE!

Family # 10 Misael Esnayder is 14. He is autistic, blind, suffers from epilepsy, convulsions and mental challenges. His mother is Ninosca she has a 16 year old and a 12 year old too. The father of this house fled when the children were small. Ninosca washes and irons clothing to survive but that can be about $30 a month.

 This home: DONE!

Block Kitchen area $400 DONE!

Latrine: $400 DONE!

Bed #1: $115 DONE!

Bed #2: $115 DONE!

Table and chairs: $53 DONE!

Roof repairs and doors $2,000 DONE!

Total $3,083

To break this family out of poverty we bought Ninosca a sewing machine and as she is a full time care giver she can sew at home. A mechanical foot pedal machine is only $180 and she will be taught how to make bags for the US market that we are connecting to. Sewing Machine $180 DONE!

Family #9 Katerin's Home Funded!

Katerin Liseth Maradiaga is 8 years old and was born with cerebral paralysis. Her full time care giver is her mother is Yaneth Rosario Gonsalez 38 and her father is Humberto Maradiaga who works in the country side for $4.50 a day when he can find work.

April 11: Medicine for Katerin: $200 for convulsions Done!

Bed #1: $115 Done!

Bed # 2: $115 Done!

Latrine: $400 Done

April 13: Table and chairs: $53 Done!

April 13th: Roof with transportation of roof materials: $1,500 Done!

April 14th: Transportation of workers $100 Done!

April 16th: Floor $300 and $100 to help feed volunteer workers

April 18th: Food for volunteer workers: $200

TOTAL...$3,213 This project is now complete! THANK YOU!!!!

Family #8 Eduar's House Done!

Eduar Antonio Sandres was born without fingers. Embarrassed by this, the one year old was taken to the Honduran Boarder to be sold. But the boy was rescued and came to live with his aunt Carmen Sandres, who does domestic work. Eduar is now 12 years old with problems in his spine and feet. He is in the 6th grade and writes with his mouth. Eduar’s aunt is 50 years old and his uncle William is 55 and works as a chauffeur when he can find work.

Needs: There is no latrine, no place to take a bath, their adobe house is split in 4 places and falling apart. The walls and roof are in bad shape with bad support. Let's make a great little place for a great guy!

April 8th: Eduard’s house is funded!

Needs Met! Transporting building materials to construction site, 32 roof beams, 3 doors,4 Windows, transporting workers to build site, meals for volunteer workers at work site, bathroom, 1000 lbs of metal rebar,1,200 cement cylinder blocks,15 meters of sand,150 bags of cement, metal wire ties, 40 Metal sheets of corrugate zinc for the roof, paint the house.

Thank you all for funding a real home for Eduar and his aunt and uncle who took him in.

Family #7 Sara & Danny Funded!

Danny Quiroz is 8 years old and was born with a cerebral lesion. Danny does not walk or talk. His mother Sara is 30 and at times she will cook and clean at the farm. Things are tough for Sara because her husband died in an accident when Danny was a year old. Sara lives in the very small crowded house of her mother with 3 brothers. A plot of land was gifted to Sara to build a home and she was able to acquire some building materials.

We have now finished the funding for Sara's house! Thank you all for your amazing gift of life! You funded: Two doors and 2 windows, floor, latrine, paint, table and chairs, and electricity.

Danny and Deybin in front of Sara's new house.

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Family #6 Julia and Nelson: A family in Extreme Poverty All needs in this Family are now met! Hallelujah!!!!

 

Julia holds her grandson Nelson whom she is caring for.  Erik thanks her for all she does, telling her she is precious and saying, "Thank you, dear mother".

The Story: Soon after Nelson Daniel Lopez was born with Cerebral Paralysis his father abandoned him and his mother Rosario, plunging her into such a deep depression that today, 8 years later, she still cannot not care for herself or her son. Rosario’s mother Julia Lopez Melgara now 78, living in extreme poverty is caring for both of them.

Funded!!!! Medicine, milk, clothing, latrine, 2 beds, monthly food & household supplies to this family, table and chair set, roof, walls, door, water and electricity.

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Family # 5 The Garcia Family DONE! Thank you Heart Dwellers!
Jose Bismar, 10 years old, was born without fingers. His eyes have problems and Bismar does not speak. His Mother is Maxima Garcia 45 years old and his father is Jose Antonio Garcia 53 years old who works in the country for $5.00 a day. This family lives in extreme poverty.

Needs Met! 2 beds, latrine, table and chairs, medicine, clothing and a roof.

Part Two: To break the cycle of poverty in this home: Haven't figured this one out yet.

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Family #4 Mercy Part.... DONE!  Thank you Heart Dwellers!

NELSON ARTICA is in a home of extreme poverty.

Nelson has Microcephaly (his head never grew to a correct size) . He had a cerebral lesion from birth with convolutions from fever. Nelson cannot speak, is of small stature and cannot walk. His mother is Emilia Ártica. 55 years old and his father is Nelson Ártica, 53 years old who is a guard at a school in Tapiche, Jalapa making only $25 a month, paid by the parents of the school children. Due to a fracture in his right foot things have been extra rough. There are also 3 brothers, 16, 14 and 12.

Needs Met!
Nelson's medicine, vitamins, calcium, milk, clothing for the family, tables and chair set, 3 beds, latrine and a roof.

Part Two: To break the cycle of poverty in this home: Haven't figured this one out yet.

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 Family 3 Mercy Part.... DONE!  Thank you Heart Dwellers!
Home where 6 orphans live with their aunt. Finish Kitchen, cement the adobe walls giving the house many more years, tile the floor and paint. 

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Family # 2 The Mercy Part.... DONE!

Elmer Sandoval is 20 years old and suffers from chronic pneumonia. His brother Eddyn Antonio is 9 and has a cleft pallet. Jessica his sister is 12 and goes to school. Their mother is Marta Isabel Sandoval, 39. Her husband died 2 years ago. Marta works washing and ironing cloths that are brought to her sporadically. Their house is partially made of plastic.
Provision came in for medicine, clothing, school supplies, 2 beds, a latrine and a roof. THANK YOU!!! Please pray that Eddyn can get his lip fixed with some visiting mission team and that his mom can own a better business. 

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#1 The Romero Family the Mercy Part is DONE!

Flor Maria 16 very autistic she will only eat rice and at times runs into the street with out clothing.  Her father is 75 and can't work. Her mother is in her 60's a is For's full time caregiver. Provision came in for a safety fence on the property to protect Flor Also provided were 3 beds, a latrine, a table and chairs, kitchen utensils, clothing, shoes, blankets, and a new roof.

Part Two: Modesto and Luis are the keys to break this family out of poverty.

There are 2 brothers in this home who are the key to end poverty here if they got a break. Both the 25 year old and his brother 42 only make $2.50 a day working in the country. Modesto, the older brother has a knack to fix the electronics of the people around him but hardly has any tools. I would like to buy the older brother Modesto tools for his humble electronics business.

UPDATE: Modesto: A $200 investment in Modesto provided him with a tool set. In July many more tools were sent to Modesto. This will help this family break out of poverty! 

Modesto's brother Luis, 25 years old, has been hired to put in Latrines for us. This will also help break this family out of poverty!

April 13, a first offering for $350 came in to hire Luis came in. In June 2017, we were supper blessed to receive a grant to put in latrines in very poor homes, along with mercy beds and tables and chairs. The worker Luis will be happily employed, as he builds latrines!

If you would like to help Flutemaker Ministries do what we do, you can below!

Mercy Projects: Touch the world with practical love!

(for a one time donation)

 

(for a reoccurring monthly donation)

 

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