Flutemaker Ministries was born when my wife, Linda and I started supporting a rescue of children from a garbage dump in Nicaragua in 2006. With the help of donations we were able to build a children's home.
One day the village school teacher said to me, "As soon as the kids had shoes on their feet and food in their bellies, they began to learn." This outreach also led to bringing provision to about 10 special needs kids who were not at the dump. That number of special needs kids grew to 266 because the need was great, donations increased and our selfless team on the ground was so dedicated.
Even some of the kids from the garbage dump came along to help. One of those kids is now our ministry driver, a tailor and is married. His brother who was also at the dump is now helping our work and built many of the mercy homes in the last few years.
After losing about a dozen frail Mercy Kids to Pneumonia our team on the ground wanted to visit all these homes to better understand their needs. Many of the Mercy Children live in extreme poverty where 80% of these families had been abandoned by the fathers and the mothers were 24/7 care givers and there was hunger.
In 2020 we began to visit the homes to check on the kids' health and noticed their needs like a bed for the child who slept on the floor, a hand cranked food grinder so he and she could eat softer food, the need for a table and chairs, kitchen utensils, clothing, a doctor visit, their meds...
By October 29, 2020, we have been able to help 101 mercy families.
Here is what the 2020 Provision Campaign for The Mercy Kids looks like.
Meet Pastor Carlos the Executive Director of A Heart to Love, who we support.
And meet Pastor Abel Duarte, the President of A Heart To Love.
The ministry team is working safely.
These homes can be pretty needy.
We are providing beds to special needs kids who need them.
We recently got a donation of 25 Wheel Chairs from a Mennonite Church down there. Thanks guys! All these chairs have now be given away.
A Heart to Love team at work.
Some of these homes need kitchen utensils.
Some of the kids need a hand cranked food grinder to eat softer food.
Most of the mercy homes need a table and chairs.
The Monte Carlos Farm is a staging area for our work.
Special food is prepared at the farm.
And food is grown
Delivering mercy food
Levis traveled 5 hours to visit one mercy child in the mountains of Murra.
We have a dedicated team. We got to help Levis' daughter, Genesis. In this picture it looks like the horse just asked Levis, "Did you say, you wanted me to take you 5 hours into the mountains and back?"
Some of our mercy kids are helped with their medical situation like Suyen.
Twice a month Flutemaker Ministries sends funds to feed 266 Mercy Kids, run our feeding centers that now prepares food for kids to take home, and pay the ministry bills in Nicaragua to keep going. When new needs come up like this current outreach, we really need help.
With the hard events of Hurricane Eta and Iota coming into Nicaragua and hitting our ministry area hard as tropical storms we have had to stop the provision campaign to focus on the biggest needs as many homes had most of their belongings washed away.
How can you can help? Buy a fundraiser flute or flute set for yourself or as a gift. Or give a donation the donation button below. A one time gift or joining us with monthly support would be a tremendous blessing to help us support the Mercy Kids in the northern mountains of Nicaragua and let their mother's know they have not been forgotten. Thanks! Erik