An article by Erik the Flutemaker
At Erik the Flutemaker.com we just love to give back. One of the things that I’m impassioned about is to help provide shelter for the poor.
Here are the Kids of Cascabel who were rescued from a garbage dump in 2006, preparing the land to build their new home. With a $35 investment in bird whistles we were able to raise the initial $1,500.00 to buy 1.7 acres! (I love a great strategy to move mountains). Soon after the land was bought, an elderly Honduran Missionary came by and donated building materials for the first building.
Here is Geylin in the blue-striped shirt as a boy, and today working on one of the 6 homes he has helped build for needy families. One day I would like to hire them as a construction company. Presently, they work for free only asking that we would feed them while they work. Our special flute sets help generate building materials.
2010-2012 Home for kids rescued from the Somoto Garbage dump was under construction.
Here is a wonderful picture of Nicaraguan men freely helping to build the children’s home.
The Cascabel home today is a food distribution depot feeding 5,000 children in 49 feeding centers, as well as providing food and supplies to 243 children with disabilities who are living in very poor homes.
This 2016 house was made for Danelis & Aydely, one of our mercy kids. 23 people built this house. Many who did the construction were from the children’s home… from kids to staff. This family rented a place that had no water. The father had fled leaving behind a child with disabilities and a mom who did not know how to fend. She remarried and now this family starts over.
Her previous place had no water.
Another 2016 house made for Norma and Meyling.
Max the tailor teaches crisis mothers with kids with disabilities how to sew.
2016 Mercy House for Rosa Inez Amparo and her daughter and grandson with special needs, with builder Geylin Estrada, one of the Kids of Cascabel. Rosa was staying in a borrowed place and had to go. This family needed food, clothes and a bed when Carlos met them. Today they own their own home, thanks to many flute enthusiasts! When we are done with a house, we like to plant fruit trees around it.
He only makes $200 a month. We need better funding to help our team help others. His dream is to put a house on his small plot. (Update November 14, 2017 Abel was gifted a sum to begin to build his home. And he is now making $300 a month due to more donors helping Flutemaker Ministries. Thank you!)
Touch the world with practical love!
Jan. 1, 2017: Sent budget for feeding centers, children's home, and mercy ministry thanks to customer donors all around the world.
Jan. 1, 2017 Erik the Flutemaker Inc. was able to take on 44 new children with disabilities into our mercy program, delivering food and supplies making this group now at 243 kids.
Sara & Danny
Jan 1, 2017: Pastor Carlos writes about Sara and her son Danny, “Sara is 28 years old and very dear to us because of the trials that we found her in. Four years ago Sara's husband died in an accident. Her son, Danny, was born with a cerebral lesion. We asked her if she would want to re-marry and she said no, because she is caring for Danny full time, and because a man would not want her, thinking she would give him a child with disabilities. When we met her, she was sleeping on the floor with her son and we gave her a bed. She helps us as a cook at the farm once in a while. She presently lives in a very small house with 3 brothers and mother so there is very little room in this house. The town of Jalapa gave Sara a lot, where the older kids and staff and other volunteers are building her house."
But Sara needed a roof and $1,587 was raised at Erik the flutemaker for Sara's roof and was sent Jan 1, 2017
Good report: March 22, 2017 we began to help Sara with her last needs: Two doors and 2 windows, floor, latrine, paint, table and chairs and electricity. By 5 pm March 23 just 3 days later her home was funded!
In late April I went to Nicaragua and stopped into say hi to Sara and Danny and see how the construction was coming along.
Deybin in front of Sara and Danny's new house May 23.
Thank you for helping me give this family a place to live!
David gets a leg!
Jan 15th: budget was met for the feeding centers, the children’s home and the mercy ministry.
Feb. 1: A $1,600 Donation was given to help the farm get another motor to irrigate the farm in the dry season and $400 was given to build a needy family a latrine.
Feb 4th One of the new children added to our feeding program was visited, and we saw some of the needs of this family. There are 4 people in the house. The father was sick but was out picking coffee. The new child in our mercy outreach has partial paralysis. This family sleeps on the floor because they do not have beds. Due to the condition of the roof, when it rains the family gets wet. The walls of the house are sound. So we are building a new roof and sending a bed. Their pastor is a carpenter and he and some builders in their church will donate their time and skills to put on the new roof. Erik’s flutes provided $1,145 for the roof which also covered the food for the workers.
Feb 15th Budget is met for Feeding Centers, Children’s Home and Mercy Ministry.
Brenda and her 3 boys
Brenda Janeth Zelaya Vilchez has 3 boys and receives food from our ministry. Her oldest son Jader Andres has severe epilepsy and is autistic. Can you catch the subtle wave of the oldest son? Her other boys are Joxan and Lazaro. Her husband was ashamed to have a special needs son and left the family, leaving Brenda to fend alone. She irons and washes clothing on a limited basis when neighbors bring her work. She makes about $25 US dollars a month and at times does not eat.
She needed a good iron and a good ironing board. (DONE! April 13th)
But I believed Jesus wanted to also give her a new house and make her a business owner.
Brenda’s adobe home had rotted rafters and bad walls. This house needed to be torn down and for $5,000 a new home was made with block.
Labor was free but we fed the workers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They live in Wiwili Nicaragua by the Coco River in the North of the country.
Brenda and her boys will also needed a latrine, $400. (DONE! April 13th)
Strategy to break this family out of poverty: Brenda was interested in having a mini store. We received a $300 gift to start a mini market (DONE! April 13th) She now sells Coffee and Tortillas and she would like to expand it to include crackers and other items.
Brenda's house being built July 1
Happy Brenda! Her family has a home.
Feb. 25th. A family of 6 kids lost their mom when her intestine twisted. The dad is sick and was mostly gone working in the mountains caring for cattle. The kids were sent to their aunt's home. A lot was gifted to this family and adobe bricks were made and given. Then a house was built. We helped with the roof, doors, windows and the electricity. DONE!
March 1: Our Flutemaker Ministries budget was met: Children's home, Feeding Centers, Mercy Ministry and 2 salaries. Thank you donors and customers!
$460 for 4 mercy beds from Erik the flutemaker Inc.
$140 for special milk for mercy kids from our friend Tina.
March 2: Heard about a new family in need today:
No beds in the house, no chairs, latrine is a mess. Mom is in her 60's caring for her 16 year old girl with severe autism who refuses to eat anything but rice, needs vitamins and runs into the road without clothes.
Dad is 75 hardly works anymore. There are 2 sons in the family. Each makes $2.50 a day working in the fields. Pastor Carlos said he brought them food. This family needed a latrine, beds, meds, clothing, a table and chair set. A new roof. And a strategy to break out of poverty.
THIS NEED WAS MET THROUGH HEART DWELLERS MERCY FUND!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, WHAT A LOVING BUNCH!
BUT HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY?
I asked Carlos, "Can you hire the young men on our farm?" He said, there was work but no funding to pay them, but in 2 years when we have more fruit and products perhaps we could hire them to run a stand in the market. (Maybe... in 2 years? Humm... gotta be a better way.)
I asked Pastor Carlos, "Could we put a sewing machine in the house and teach the men how to sew? And then find a market in Nicaragua?" Carlos said, I have asked tourist towns, market places, airport gift shops and they already have people sewing for them.
So I sit back and ponder how difficult is it to crawl out of poverty in some places.
Find the key that will unlock that door and invest in it! The older brother Modesto has a knack to repair electronic things and we received a $200 offering to invest in his gift.
in April I was with Modesto when he received his new tools. What a learning curve this work is. I think I could have bought better in the USA and brought more tools to him. (Since this time, now June, I have 2 boxes of tools coming to Modesto by Rich Ruggles, my engineer at Erik the Flutemaker. Thanks Rich!!!)
I just heard of a big gift shop that wants wood toys. So I went to buy a Band Saw in Nicaragua and what cost around $130 here in the US cost $1,000 there. So how can one climb out of poverty? I will keep knocking at that door.
Modesto's first new tools.
Modesto also knows how to repair shoes and a gift of $20 came in to buy a shoe repair kit. He had little tools for either work.
As to the younger son, Luis Manuel, we received a gift to begin to hire him to make latrines for the mercy homes. Also a grant came in from the Zimmer Family to build latrines and this will keep Luis working through the year. Breaking out of poverty is my goal for my neighbors down south.
March 4th: We have raised funding for 3 more Mercy Beds. A total of 7 beds are now provided for, 46 more to go. (Note: by May 8th we have only 21 more to go! On June 9th we received a grant from the Zimmer Familly Foundation and all remaining beds have been provided! Thank you Zimmer Family!!! This was such a tremendous blessing!)
March 5th: A precious donation came in to put in a water system in a village in dire need for better water in April. The water will benefit 88 families who drink the river water and many are sick with parasites. 5 villages are tuning to Christ and we want to show them practical love by pulling down good water from the hills above. On one visit, when Carlos came to bring them food, he also brought soap. The women went to the river to wash their family clothes and their family sat naked in their homes. As they had no other clothing to wear.
March 5th: Pastor Carlos shares his dream concerning the Mercy Ministry.
“The mercy bags cost $20 and due to a lack of funding the bags are delivered to one group in January, then another in February, and then another in March so all get food. Then we go back to the first group but that is in April. If the Lord opens a big door, the idea would be to give each child his mercy bag once each month. If God gives us this funding for all 243 each month, there would be no problem in the delivery."
After Carlos' heart cry, "If the Lord opens a big door" we had a miracle and as I write this at 5:08 AM the hairs of my arms are standing up and I have goose bumps.
Imagine this: Suddenly I am on the phone with a Nigerian woman in the USA, and then a lady from Kenya in the USA, wanting to help this work. Suddenly offerings began to pour in from Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the UK, Canada and all across the USA. One large donation allowed us to fund the mercy ministry of all 243 kids to be fed once a month until December! What happened?
March 5th 2:18 AM there was a shift from people all over the planet who love Jesus and shine His love. They are called the "Heart-Dwellers"!
One of my very sweet customers has a pastoral grace and a following on Youtube. This loving passionate and willing to change the world, Heart Dweller of a Still Small Voice, Calre du Bois began to share our mercy needs. And in a few days 4 major mercy projects were funded in homes of extreme poverty that housed a child with disabilities.
Family #1: Needed a latrine, 3 beds, kitchen utensils, clothing, shoes, blankets, table and chair, a needed fence and a roof. DONE!
Family #2: Needed a latrine, medicine, clothing, 2 beds, school supplies and a roof. DONE!
Family #3: Home with 6 orphans needed to finish the kitchen, put cement on walls, and tile the floor and paint the house. This will allow the house to last many more years. DONE!
Family #4: Meds, vitamins, calcium, milk, clothing, table and chairs, 3 beds, a latrine and a new roof. DONE!
THANK YOU HEART DWELLERS! THANK YOU CLARE DUBOIS, THANK YOU JESUS!
March: 13: Family #5 DONE!!!!
JOSE BISMAR. 10 years old was born without fingers. He has eye problems and does not speak. His mother is Maximina and father is Jose Garcia who works in the country for $5 a day. This is a family of Extreme Poverty.
Needed 2 beds, latrine, tables and chairs, medicine and clothing and a roof. DONE!
March 14th: Sent funding for budget and feeding centers and some funding that came in from Deybin Bags and Normas bags. Sent Funding for 4 Mercy Beds raised at Erik the flutemaker Inc. And sent the donation to build a water system in a village. At 2 am I found we had enough to fund Family #5. My body quite asleep my spirit rejoicing. I had been up over 24 hours with the out pouring of mercy.
March 16: Sending funding for families 1, 2 and 3. Holes are dug for latrines and teams are ready to work before the rains of late may.
Julia and Nelson
March 22, 2017 Family #6 Adopted!
Nelson Daniel Lopez is 8 years old and has Cerebral paralysis and cannot walk or cannot talk, but he can move his arms. It is his Grandmother, Julia Lopez Melgara, 78 years old, who is his caretaker. Nelson’s mother, Rosario Lopez is 28, but after the father abandoned the sick baby and the mother, Rosario fell into such a deep depression she developed extreme mental problems. And now the grandmother cares for them both.
I guess he liked my flute playing.
This was Julia, Rosario and Nelson's toilet
Provided was: Medicine, milk, clothing, 2 beds, table and chair set, latrine and work on roof, walls, door, water and electricity.
March 23: Sara and Danny got adopted and their house funded! Hallelujah!
March 23: A $400 offering from Canada to begin funding family #8! Eduar's House.
March 28th: Sent funding for House #7. Sara & Danny
April 1: Sent funding for Budget, Mercy Ministry, Feeding Centers, Salary of Carlos and Abel, Mercy Milk $140, Funding for 9 mercy beds, gift to Rosa Inez Amparo a single mom caring for 2 mercy kids. $50 and for some Travel bags $35, Deybin Bag $13, Norma Bag $20.
April 5: Helping Eduar
Eduar Antonio Sandres was also born without fingers. Embarrased 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.
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. In 2017 we made a great place for a great guy!
April 8th: Eduard’s house is now funded!
Needs Met! Roof beams, 3 doors, 4 windows, transporting workers and materials to work site, meals for volunteer workers, bathroom, 1000 lbs of metal rebar, funding for floor,15 meters of sand,150 bags of cement, metal wire ties, 40 Metal sheets of corrugate zinc for the roof and funds to paint the house. Thank you all for funding a real home for Eduar and his aunt and uncle who took him in.
April 8th Started to fund Katerin's Home Family #9
April 9th: help coming in for Katerin!
April 10: Sent funding for House #4 and #5, Sent funding for House #1 Modesto to have a micro business in electronics and shoe repair to help end poverty in this home.
Donation came in to help Brenda and her 3 boys have a micro-business to end poverty in her home. A good day for investing in breaking the cycle of poverty.
April 11th: Sent $170 to start making Solar bottle lights to be placed into the new roofs being built.
April 11: Anti convolution medicine for Katerin: $200 Done!
Bed #1: $115 Done!
Bed # 2: $115 Doe!
Latrine: $400 Done
Diapers $30 Done!
Milk $100 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
Food for volunteer workers: $200 DONE!
April 14th: Sent funding for Children's home and 49 feeding centers, which is now our new number.
Sent funding to hire Luis Miguel to help break his family out of poverty. He will be making Latrines for our ministry in May.
April 18th: Happy to announce funding for Katerin's home needs is complete!
April 21: On the way to the children's home we stop in to see Dennis and his mom.
After visiting Dennis we went to see the Children's home in Somoto.
The stock room at the children's home was stocked with bags of corn and beans grown on their farm for the mercy ministry. There were also boxes of rice that we use to feed 5,000 at 49 feeding centers and to help our 243 mercy kids.
William and Erik reflect on the goodness of the Lord to help so many.
April 21: Then, to better tell their story, we went back to the Cascabel garbage dump where the kids were found. Here is C& I Studios taking pictures and video of Deybin who now is a designer of bags to the US market. He helps Pastor Carlos with the ministry and studies electricity and wants to also be a mechanic. From the dump to the university to give back to their community.
David, who was also at the dump is now is one of the agriculturists at the farm.
Gema and Andrea were also at the dump. Andrea as a baby. They live at the children's home and are studying and later want to enter the medical field.
Rolando from the dump is now a cook at the farm and also works the farm.
Geylin was at the dump and now heads up our constructions of mercy homes.
Here he is putting in a latrine in one of the mercy homes this week.
From the gutter-most to the utter-most.
When we visited the dump the sky suddenly broke out with light that seemed to sing out that there is hope for tomorrow when there is love today.
April 21: By night at the children's home my camera caught a most wonderful night sky.
April 22: 6:30 AM Interview with Deybin who designs messenger bags and back packs...
April 22: Then we went to the town of Teote to meet up with the new mercy families receiving food at a church.
Linda Sampson prays for a care giver with pain in her stomach.
Then we went to visit 2 new mercy homes that have been finished.
Next door we went to visit Rosa Inez Amparo and see her new home.
Inez cares for her daughter and grandson both who have disabilities. She told us her story and bust out in tears when she mentioned how hard life had been before. Then she wept tears of joy over her new home that she now owns. When Carlos found her in 2016 she had no bed, little clothing and the family was hungry.
I love this work
Then we visited the farm, Monte Carlos, to see how it was coming along. A storm had come through 4 days earlier which knocked down many banana trees and it turned out those trees would become a micro business.
I was asked to bring a banana nativity scene to see if our folks could make them and soon the farm was buzzing for days with the birth of a new product.
They are also making door mats
And baskets from the banana "Windfall"
On the weekends the kids from the home enjoy the farm 1 hour and 45 minutes away.
In 2 years there will be avocados and guavas to sell.
Rolando the cook who was at the garbage dump, embellishing in the art of farming.
I was able to buy a washing machine for the farm.
Carlos teaching one of the boys how to make a door mat. While a mercy child rests while his mother learns how to make baskets to help her income.
Another mercy mom visits the farm with her son and her pine needle craft which takes 3 days to make. While at the farm, she made her first banana leaf basket which took about 2 hours to make.
Carlos and I take an early morning walk through the 30 acre farm.
Mauda has a gift of photography. The guys from C&I Studios gave her a new camera battery and Hipolito is teaching her how to edit her work.
Andrea was at the dump as a baby. She is so precious.
Their first guavas let them know that their land will produce them well. The big
supermarket in Jalapa said they will buy 200 a month once the trees are mature.
The paper with the plastic bag with breathing holes allows the guava to remain free from pests without chemicals.
The Farm will grow food to sell, give and to eat. It is a staging ground where food boxes from Feed My Starving Children move about northern Nicaraguan feeding centers and mercy homes. And a place where mercy moms can come to learn micro-businesses and have their kids helped. Carlos has also made some latrines with a mold he bought.
Beds and food moving out to help. I love these folks!
My loving wife Linda, enjoying a Kodak Moment.
April 23-April 31: Visiting the mercy families that we recently took on and seeing the building projects.
The picture below is the kitchen of this wonderful little lady.
The flute seemed to put my audience into a meditation.
But the sax really moved him.
At two years old this sweet girl was hit on the head with a rock and never recuperated. Her father died 2 months ago. Her mom was so happy we came to visit.
Here is an example of the need to build this family a wash area which we did.
Every delivery of food and house-hold provisions cost $20.
Thats why we love when you give $20 monthly.
Before I left for Nicaragua, I sold my old car for $600 and was able to buy this land for a mother with a child with disabilities who was to become homeless. The community will build her home. So my old car will live on for generations as this family will have a place to call home. This is the woman and daughter below.
Linda meets Enderson one of the mercy kids.
When he awoke Enderson met Sister Lulu. I love when the mercy moms laugh and smile.
We helped Kenia and Enderson live in a better place.
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. We were able to donate to build them a pila, a place to hold water and a place to wash their clothes. It broke all our hearts 7 months later in November when Maribell died from Pneumonia.
Our hope as Christians is to one day see this family united again where Maribell will be whole.
May 1: Funds for budget, salary, feeding centers and mercy ministry sent.
May 7th: Family # 10 Funded!!!
Misael Esnayder is 14, is autistic, blind, suffers from epilepsy, convulsions and mental challenges. His mother Ninosca 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.
Needs met in this home:
Latrine: $400 DONE!
Block Kitchen area $400 DONE!
Bed #1: $115 DONE!
Bed #2: $115 DONE!
Table and chairs: $53 DONE!
Roof repairs and doors $2,000 DONE!
To break this family out of poverty we are 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!
The need for a bed: a mom and 16 year old daughter slept on this uneven slab of wood. This is the before picture and under it is their present room with 2 beds.
May 3: Arrived back to my home, shop and bamboo grove. We had 56 flute and sax orders waiting. A warm fuzzy feeling fills my heart as I know this is what I will be doing in my coming years. Helping pastor Carlos and A Heart To Love Foundation.
Brought a stove donated by Ambassadors of love and a gas tank to Genesis as her tank was stolen.
Next family to be adopted: Family #11 Ana Jansy Maradiaga is 10 years old and struggles with Leukemia.
May 18th: Update on House # 11 FUNDED!!!
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!
This house needed a roof $1,250 DONE!
Transportation and feeding of workers $300 DONE!
May 19th: Sending funding for mercy houses 9 and 10.
May 26: House #11 has now been adopted!!!! Thank you friends of mercy everywhere!
Sending funding for Brenda in Wiwili to get an iron, board, micro-business and for her latrine.
May 26 I started seeking help to build Brenda a new home. 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 friends who donated and bought flute sets, you are so appreciated. Erik
May 29th: A letter from Pastor Carlos Executive Director of A Heart To Love whom we support in Nicaragua:
May 31: Budget for Flutemaker Ministries sent.
June 9th: All Mercy Beds, all Latrines needed and all Tables and Chairs needed for mercy families have been provided by a generous grant by the Zimmer Family Foundation. We are extremely thrilled and giving God thanks! Thank you Zimmer Family!
June 10: Taking on the last Mercy House of 2017. I think this is one of the ways I and others like to worship God.
Enderson is one of the 243 children in our mercy outreach. Kenia is a single mom and Enderson has some big challenges. Our building team went to see the adobe structure and the lower base of the house was not good.
Her kitchen is under plastic and her wash area.
When we arrived, Enderson was asleep. My wife, Linda began to pray for him. Pastor Carlos brought the family food and this special milk.
Awake, Enderson met Lulu and more kids arrived.
The Kenia and Enderson house project is now funded and sent! Thank You!!!!
Making Kenia's house
What a joy to help others stuck in poverty with only dreams. Another dream of hers was to sell beverages as she lives next to a soccer field that is busy on the weekends. This was funded in November and we wish Kenia well in her new business. She also will learn business administration.
April visit with Genesis, what a great gal. We had so much fun.
June 16th: Team of Nationals goes into the Miskito Coast to deliver school benches and put in water system where 88 families will benefit.
June 22: Corn on farm is 2 feet high. Workshop on farm is being built with funds from micro businesses.
June 22: Sending help for Genesis, the girl with the 3 tumors. With a new diet her tumors have gone down 30%.
June 23: Funding 3 wash areas for poor homes and 2 sowing machines.
June 23: I am looking for monthly sponsors to feed children with disabilities so we can eventually attend them once a month. Pastor Carlos called to say he will use the some of the profit from their bag business to sponsor 5 children a month. And the staff of A Heart To Love in Nicaragua, his ministry, will sponsor another 5 children from their pay.
June 24: Pictures of 2 ceiling fans put up and screens on farm windows and doors came in.
June 25: Team goes to Wiwili, crosses river to tear down Brend's old house to start a new one.
June 25: At church, 2 friends hear about helping mercy kids and both take on sponsorship of a mercy child.
June 26: Sending funding for 2 sewing machines to serve women in poverty as their micro business. Thank you Heart Dwellers!
Sending funding for 3 pilas, a cement water reserve, along with 3 lavanderos, the place to wash dishes and clothes. Thank you Heart Dwellers!
Sending funding for 21 mercy beds. Thank you Zimmer Family Foundation! Your support is amazing!!!!
June 26, 2017: I am turning my full attention to focus on funding food to all 243 kids with disabilities once a month.
Pastor Carlos explains: “The mercy bags of food and house-hold supplies delivered to children with disabilities cost $20 each, but due to a lack of funding the bags are delivered to one group in January, to another group in February, and then another in March, so all get food. Then we go back to the first group in April. If the Lord opens a big door, we could give all 243 children with disabilities their mercy bag once a month." Pastor Carlos
Each bag contains: 10 pounds of corn, 10 lbs of beans, 10 lbs of sugar, 20 lbs of rice with soya vege 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 special kids, 1 can of special milk for special kids.
July 1: Budget sent.
July 4th: Brenda's walls go up.
July 8th: Team of therapists arrive to work with mercy kids and understand the need.
One of the new 44 mercy kids we began helping in Jan. 2017
July 10: Sending funding for 9 latrines and 15 table and chair sets. Thank you Zimmer Family Foundation! You guys are absolutely awesome!!!
July 12: Sending $600 to replace water pump on our pickup.
July 15: Support sent for children's home and feeing centers.
July 18: Another team arrives to help.
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! I am so happy, Thank You!!!July 21: Sent $405 for Genesis anti-cancer diet. Her tumors have gone down by 1/3. Sent $120 to buy a cement block mold to make blocks for the inside of the latrines we are putting in. Sent $300 to buy a new Latrine mold for the latrine base. Ambassadors of Love sent $1,000 to buy clothing and needed items for the children's home.
July 25th: Sending $500 to buy construction tools.
July 26th: Kenia's house construction begins.
July 27: Jensy Baez, Carlos daughter graduates university to begin her career as a phycologist.
July 28th: Another team arrives who loves the Kids of Cascabel and pastor Carlos and staff.August 1: Funding sent to feed all 243 children once a month! Support for children's home and feeding centers sent. Thank you for your support!
Aug. 15th: Sent budget to run ministry.
Aug 24th: Brenda's house is painted
Aug 25th: 600 boxes of food for 49 feeding centers and mercy outreach arrives at 5 am at Cascabel.
Aug 30th: water system in Miskito Coast.
Sept.1: budget for ministry sent.
Sept 2: Sending $200 offering to buy the kids of Cascabel building tools from Hope Makes a Difference of Kaylor Ministries
Sept 15: Sending budget.
Sept. 26th: Breaking ground to build Abel's house with a wonderful gift to him from a friend.
Sept. 27: Sad news. Saudiel who we helped go to art school lost his baby after it was operated. We helped him bury his very handsome son.
Oct. 1: Sending budget
Oct 15: Sending budget.
Oct 29: Sending $200 to buy more tools.
SendingTen fruit trees for Brenda, ten for Kenia and ten for Sara. They all have a child with disabilities and all were struggling to survive. An old proverb says, 'If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.' Another proverb says: 'When is the best time to plant a tree? The answer is 20 years ago.' If you would like to bless these 3 ladies with fruit trees that they will be able to eat from, the cost is $150 for the 30 trees. DONE!
Sending funding for six sewing machines and place them in homes of poor women with children with disabilities. My team will teach them how to sew and they can work and break out of a cycle of poverty. Each machine cost $180. DONE!
Sending funding to buy 1000 guava fruit trees for the farm so their ministry can be funded more by them eventually. DONE!
Oct 30: Sending funding to finish last water system with cement tank in village.
Nov 1: Sending budget to run the ministry and for a small refrigerator so a mercy child can have her meds kept cold.
Nov.14: Sending funding for another water system in the Miskito Coast. Thank you Heart Dwellers!
Nov. 15: Sending budget to run feeding centers and children's home.
Dec. 1: Sending Budget and funding for Genesis in hospital, for treating new trees on the farm.
Dec. 10: I regret to hear we lost another mercy child to pneumonia. Maryini Perez Bayadarez was 16.
We are trusting the you are dancing and talking and singing and running and being much loved in the other world, dear Maryini. God bless your momma's heart.
Dec. 13: Received a nice big donation from the Heart Dwellers to put in more water systems in the Miskito Coast. Here is a water system on the move.
Dec. 14: Sending funding for Jarin and Denis for medical needs.
William from our team bringing Dennis and his mom food.
Northern boarder in the Miskito Coast with Honduras and Nicaragua
Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325