Erik the Flutemaker

Meet Genesis

You can really get a good feel for Genesis by viewing the video below. 


Genesis is one of the neatest kids I have ever met. One day she said to me, "Brother Erik, do you know the thing I dislike about your pool? It is getting out."

Then one day she asked, "What kind of worm is the one you most dislike?" And I said, "The worm in my mango." And we both had a good laugh.

Genesis is one of the kids in the Mercy Ministry in Nicaragua that we help. She had a group of veins that created a malformation on her lip and areas behind her eye and cheek and nose. She and her mom, Keylin came to the US for treatments though a network of foundations which we are so grateful for.

Genesis arrived April 16th  for 7 procedures and then some plastic surgery. They stayed for 7 months, leaving November 14th.

Genesis has learned how to swim, speak some English, enjoys art and was tutored by a neighbor.

Keylin learned how to sew by a seamstress. 

For a good break they went to Disney World. With all sincerity she said, "Does Mickey and Minnie and all the others live in that castle?" She even asked me if Santa Claus visited Florida. You don't meet 10 year olds like this.


We learned this family of 3 was extremely poor and bathed out of a bucket.

On one occasion when the family of 3 traveled to medical appointments in Managua for 3 days they spent all the money they had. Upon arriving at home they had nothing to eat. A car horn honked and they went out to see who had come. It was our team delivering a big food bag for a month along with household supplies. I was blown away when I heard this story from Keylin, a mercy mom. That we actually do make a difference.

When I inquired about the condition of their home, our team on the ground reported that their roof rafters were eaten by termites and that their adobe walls could not hold up a new roof due to cracks. They were sharing a latrine with a neighbor, their front door was broken, their cement washtub leaked and they all slept in one room. 

Linda and I were moved to build them a new house with a bathroom and Genesis her own bedroom. 

I was thinking that this was going to need some serious funding and I went to sleep. The next day a customer who became a donor and had Genesis in his heart, was about to buy an expensive item. But the next morning he heard his heart say "Cancel the item, Erik needs the money." Because of this, we decided to build her house. The next morning he canceled his order and sent us $1,000. Since then, funding for Genesis new house has came in. How wonderful! To those that helped, thank you all for sharing.

June 11

June 13th

June 15th

Levi, Genesis' dad. 

When Levi was a boy, his alcoholic father would send him to attend 2 cows with just a tortilla, salt and coffee in his stomach. Starving, Levi would leave the cows and search for guavas and mangos and steal an egg to eat. When his dad got paid, he drank it. Levi would find him in the street sleeping in his vomit. Levi's mom left him with her 4 other kids but Levi felt his father would die if he left him too, so he stayed with him. At 12 years old, his mom found Levi suffering and took him to Managua where she had settled. He saw so much food there he would not stop eating thinking it would end. Levi always dreamed of having a bike but never had one.

When Flutemaker Ministries recently hired him to work for A Heart To Love foundation, he borrowed money to buy a bike to get to work. Without funds the interest was growing fast. When Keylin took Genesis to her first  appointment a lady in the waiting room handed her $100. She sent it to Levi, who paid off his bike and the interest. Makes me think that God gave him that bike.

After a few years Levi's mother and father both came to peace in Christ and were reunited and now together serve the Lord. Levi has a bike, is building his new home, his daughter is getting healed and his wife is learning a trade. I got to meet Levi's dad  when we took her home. He sang a song about her ordeal and had the whole place was spell bound with his love and humor. It was so nice to meet him and see him well.

June 19

June 20

June 27th


June 28th

July 3

July 20

July 25th roof getting ready to go on.


Sept 15: Genesis' uncle, one of the happy workers at the Genesis construction site.

Sept 26: Almost done... finishing some tile work and getting ready for doors and windows.

While the house was being made Genesis posed for pictures as her lip was being treated.





After the 7 procedures of Chemo Therapy with Dr. DaBuse this is how Genesis looked.

Oct 2: Genesis was released from the care of Dr. Dabuse at Baptist Hospital into the care of Dr. Perlyn at Children's Hospital in Miami for plastic surgery. 

The plastic surgery went extremely well.

November 5th was Genesis birthday and we went out to eat. Our server who brought us bread even gave us an offering!

On Nov. 14th we all flew back to bring Genesis back home.

Leaving Florida.

Getting ready to land in Managua and spend the day with Levi.

I wanted a fun day with just Levi and Genesis and Keylin bonding so we traveled to Masaya to buy them some chairs for their patio and some plants and planters. I used my birthday and Christmas money as this was so in my heart to do.

What a blessing this day was.

We got home after midnight and her family that lived in houses next door had retired for the night. But when they heard us arrive they all got out of bed and dressed and came over.

The great grandma weeping on Genesis as her mother looks on in tears.

Hugging Linda.

The midnight family reunion. We all gave thanks to God for a successful trip and all the blessings that fell on this family. It was also a blast for us all to see their new house.

Three days later Genesis was awarded a medal for courage and was loved on by the Mayor of Jalapa.

Later that day we inaugurated her home and it seemed like the whole village came out.

Her church who prayed so hard for her miracle came out to celebrate.

They partied way into the night.

Genesis is back home with her friends. When she came to us she didn't even know how to play with toys. She left with a bunch of them.

What an honor and joy to serve this loving family.

Thank you to Genesis' special supporters like my customer Jeff in Maine and Ambassadors of Love for your help with funding and for the water tank and tower.

You can still support Genesis by buying a Genesis Flute for only $25. Here is the link.

Erik Sampson – President of Flutemaker Ministries

  Mission Accomplished!




Posted by Stephen J. Padilla on July 16, 2019

I had only watched the videos, never read this story. You have, again, brought tears of joy to my eyes! Thank you for all that you do and for allowing us to participate through our purchases here. You are a great blessing to us all!

Posted by Christopher Schissler on March 01, 2019

I love this story and the connection you and your wife made with Genesis and her family. She has a very warm and sweet personality. God bless you both for helping to change their lives in so many positive ways. Am certain those blessings will be multiplied many times in their community through their outpouring of love because of your unselfish love and kindness. Will contact you soon with a gift to help them prosper.

Posted by Toni Garner on March 01, 2019

What a beautiful story of a beautiful family. It was truly a pleasure witnessing this amazing story unfold during the last six months. Erik and Linda,you are such loving and giving people to open so many doors for Keylin & Genesis. My God bless you for all the miracles you performed for them.

Posted by Mike Rodebaugh on March 01, 2019

Erik & Linda
Thank you for serving The Lord, and how encouraging to see the blessing and fruit , we Love you!!!!!
Mike & Cathy

Posted by Elaine R on March 01, 2019

As a worker in Erik’s shop, I get to see the daily ins and outs of Erik and Linda’s hard work and amazing love toward others. I often feel the ups and downs of daily reports and get to ride along in the triumphs and tragedies of Flutemaker Ministries. What an amazing outreach. I love that I get to see God’s hand at work as I process orders for the business, so often seeing the donations and kind comments sent in by customers to help the ministry. Big needs arise and BOOM! …the supply comes in! Not sure if it’s even appropriate for me to post this comment, but I just have to say, THIS work is the real deal. As another post said so perfectly, it is the hands, feet, and heart of our Lord in action in the earth. AND…the icing on my cake is that I have had the blessing of getting to know Genesis and Keylin! :)

Posted by Todd Frederick on September 16, 2018

Eric…great work you’re doing with the kids. That’s what we need to do in this world. Bless the children and give Genesis a big hug for me. Todd

Posted by Michael Fisher on June 27, 2018

Erik, You are truly one of a kind. I have seen many of your videos at your site, read many of your updates and the way you are with Children is simply a work of the Lord. Genesis is a very beautiful little girl and I’m so happy to see the fruit of your, and all involved, efforts in their lives getting her family the help they so clearly deserve! What a touching story to read about their life changes and I can only imagine the smiles they have revealed going through such an uplifting change through the help of others. I just wanted to say thank you! Your an inspiration and following the work you do has been awe-inspiring. Keep up the good work and may God Bless you endlessly for all you do for His children. – Mike F. from Heartdwellers.

Posted by Clare du Bois on June 27, 2018

Wonderful progress for this poor family! I wonder what Genesis will become when she grows up..if the Lord tarries? Surely her experineces in America will never be forgotten. Thanks for these updates Erik, they REALLY help us to press in with our donations. Love, Clare

Posted by Mary Nelson on June 27, 2018

You and Linda are so special. Thank you for opening your home to these dear people. We are all better people because of you guys. Love to you all! ♥Ron and Mary♥

Posted by Ferl Bomia on June 13, 2018

So cool brother, thanks for being Jesus ‘s hands, feet and heart.

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