Genesis is one of the neatest kids I have ever met. Yesterday she said to me, "Brother Erik, do you know the thing I dislike about your pool? It is getting out.
And what kind of worm is the one you most dislike?" And I said, "The worm in my mango." And we had a good laugh.
Genesis is one of the kids in the Mercy Ministry in Nicaragua that we help. She has a group of veins that created a malformation on her lip and areas behind her eye and cheek and nose. Think of it as having varicose veins in the face. She and her mom, Keylin have come to the US for treatments though a network of foundations which we are so grateful for.
Genesis arrived April 16 and has now had 6 treatments. The next 2 procedures will be much more stronger, risky and painful. Later she may need some plastic surgery.
We are standing by this loving family. They may be with us for 5 months or more.
Genesis has learned how to swim, speak some English, enjoys art and is being tutored by a neighbor.
Keylin is learning a micro business 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 is extremely poor and bathes 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. 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 decided to cancel his order and send us $1,000. Since then all the funding for Genesis new house has come in. How wonderful. To those that helped, thank you all for sharing.
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.
July 25th roof getting ready to go on.
What an honor and joy to serve this loving family. By Aug 8th All funding for this project has come in. Thank you Ambasadors of Love for the last help with a water tank and tower.
Erik Sampson – President of Flutemaker Ministries
Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325