Erik the Flutemaker

Past, Present and Into the Fluture!

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.

The Kids of Cascabel grew up with construction around them;
10 years later they are building homes for families in crisis.

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.

Poverty in Nicaragua can be quite intense. Flute sales and donations
were able to remake Celestina's kitchen, bath, wash area, and latrine.

 

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.                                             

               
               Meyling - Norma now makes really nice Messenger bags - Norma’s old place.
 Norma was making about a dollar a day washing clothes and ironing. Once she began to sew, it allowed her to climb out of poverty.

 

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.

Dreams do come true!
 Also, in the picture is Pastor Abel Duarte who oversees much of our work in Nicaragua.

 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.

Mercy Projects

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 Enter 2017!

Jan. 1, 2017: Budget was met for feeding centers, children's home, and mercy ministry thanks to donors all around the world. Many were our customers!

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. $1,500 was sent.

  

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!

 In Jan 2017 we found a donation to send Emanuel David and his mom, to the US to get a new leg.
He has been in therapy and returned happy with his new leg March 3.

    

 Jan 15th: $300 sent to Nicaragua to cover the new Mercy Kids.

The budget was met for the feeding centers, the children’s home and the mercy ministry, thanks to donors all around the world. Many were our customers!

 Feb. 1:  A $1,600 Donation were 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.

   Roof provided! 

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

FUNDED  IN MAY!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!

 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 needs a good iron and a good ironing board. (DONE! April 13th)

 But I believe Jesus wants to also give her a new house and make her a business owner.

 Brenda’s present adobe home has rotted rafters and bad walls. This house needs to be torn down and for $5,000 a new home can be made with block.

Labor will be free but it is our custom to feed the volunteer 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 need a latrine, $400. (DONE! April 13th)

 Strategy to break this family out of poverty: Brenda is interested to learn how to sew with a pedal sewing machine. Perhaps she can be taught to make Messenger bags for 2 buyers who place large orders from the USA. Cost for a good sewing machine is only $180.

 We received a $300 investment to start a mini market selling fire wood, ground coffee, refried beans and tortillas to give this family hope for a decent life. (DONE! April 13th)

Brenda's house being built July 1

 

July 9th

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. This weekend I learned there are still no doors or windows or electricity there. The wood for the doors and windows will cost $300 and will be made by Geylin one of the kids of Cascabel now doing construction. The electrical costs are $286.
This need was met by Erik's customer donations and a flute set sold. Thats for helping!!!  $586. MET!

March 1: Our Flutemaker Ministries budget was met:  Children's home, Feeding Centers, Mercy Ministry and 2 salaries. Thank you donors and customers!

Also sent:

$460 for 4 mercy beds from Erik the flutemaker Inc.
$140 for special milk for mercy kids from our old friend Tina.
$600 went to put in Electric and to buy wood for doors and windows for a house where 6 kids were left orphaned when their mom died of a twisted intestine. Donation through Erik the flutemaker Inc.

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 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 for a few weeks to learn how to make latrines for the mercy homes. With a fair wage the 2 brothers can help this family break out of poverty. They will soon have their house in much better shape with the mercy funding, but breaking poverty is my highest goal for my neighbors down south. 

I am still looking for more sponsors to hire 25 year old, Luis Miguel Romero to work for our ministry. If you would like to help, please use the donate button and say " Sponsoring Luis Romero to work for your ministry." In 2 years the farm should be able to afford to pay Luis.

 

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!)

March 5th: A precious donation from a builder for $1,200 will put in a water system in a village in dire need for better water in April. They drink the river water and have lots of parasites. 5 villages are tuning to Christ and we want to show them practical love. 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. A donation of $1,000 to buy clothing at the Free Zone would buy a lot of clothing.

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.

THE MIRACLE!

 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, the UK, Canada and all across the USA. 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: Provision for a latrine, 3 beds, kitchen utensils, clothing, shoes, blankets, table and chair, a needed fence and a roof.

Family #2: Provision for a latrine, medicine, clothing, 2 beds, school supplies and a roof.

Family #3: Home with 6 orphans: funding 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.

Family #4: Meds, vitamins, calcium, milk, clothing, table and chairs, 3 beds, a latrine and a new roof.

THANK YOU HEART DWELLERS! THANK YOU CLARE DU BOIS, 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.
Needs Met: 2 beds, latrine, tables and chairs, medicine and clothing and a roof.

 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 a deep depression and developed mental problems. And now the grandmother cares for them both.

I guess he like my flute playing.

This is 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 Families 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have now been adopted!  

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 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. Let's make a great little 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 Starting 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 20th: Erik and Linda travel to Nicaragua with crew from C& I Studios to shoot 2 videos and take pictures and visit the work.

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 borrowed 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 grows 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.

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 are going to help 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. 

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 buying 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.

 

Pastor Carlos only needs 21 more Mercy Beds. Each bed cost $115. If you would like to provide a bed for a child with disabilities please let me know it is for a bed. Thanks! There is a donation button at the Jan 1 part of my article.

May 3:  Arrived back to my shop and grove. Had 56 flute and sax orders. And some very rich memories. I feel very confident to continue to help pastor Carlos and A Heart To Love Foundation in their work for the next 10 years.

 

May 15th

Sent funding for A Heart to Love budget, Feeding Centers and $400 for a new diet for Genesis.

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!!!

 

Vitamins. $40 DONE!
Milk  $30 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!
This house needs a roof $1,250 DONE!
Transportation and feeding of workers $300 DONE!
Floor: 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 start seeking help to build Brenda a new home. Her current house has rotten rafters and cracked dirt walls. She is a single mom with 3 kids. Her oldest has challenges with epilepsy. Presently she washes and irons clothes when she gets work. At times she suffers hunger. Her kids are on our feeding program but we only bring food once every 3 months because we are underfunded.  I want her to have a better home. It will be a small block house. Labor is free. All I need to do is come up with building materials and to feed the workers.

We start out with an offering of $35. Cost to build Brenda a new home is $5,000

May 26th: Only $4,965 to go!

May 27th: Gift from Heart Dwellers $500! New Mexico

Gift from UK $183

Gift from Kenya, Africa! $100

Praise the Lord! $783 came in today and it is only 6:50 in the morning!

Only $4,217 left!

May 28th: $200 donation from Erik the flutemaker

$30 donation from USA

$50 donation from the UK

Only $3,937 left!

May 29th

$1,000 offering from Heart Dwellers New Mexico

$399 Flute set #1 to Belgium

$499 Flute Set to Belgium

$399 Flute Set #3 California

$250 donation from Canada

Only $1,390 to go!

May 29th: A letter from Pastor Carlos Executive Director of A Heart To Love whom we support in Nicaragua:

                   Erik, thank you for the work of support you do for the poor in Nicaragua.
As to our ministries, the money that one gives for a need is received by the one needing it and they are happy.
To see a mercy child happy who can not say thank you because he can not talk.
Who can not see you, because he has no sight.
And can not hug you because he has no arms or can’t move them.

I only want to be the voice of them who have no voice.
And say to you, thank you for your love, passion, generosity, work and dedication for these needy kids.
Still yourself for a moment and look behind you at the past 10 years to what has transpired since we have known each other.
Since you have sown into Nicaragua.
Observe and analyze.
God is real and He has, and is and will continue to be always at your side.
 God wants to show His greatness, His love and His mercy in these times.
Carlos

May 30th: $100 Offering from the Czech Republic 

Only $1,290 to go!

Sending $3,710 to begin Brenda's construction. First we buy materials. Then 2 teams will build this house. I am so excited for her. She and the 3 boys will move into the church during the construction. When it is done we will help her with her micro business to break the cycle of poverty.

Only $1,290 to go! DONE! Paid in FULL!!!

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 apprreciated. Erik

May 31: Budget for Flutemaker Ministries sent.

We are still short to bring food to 243 children with disabilities once every month. Still looking for 2 corporate donors to give $1,000 a month. As a 501c3 we with give you a tax deductible receipt and our profound thanks! I am hoping to end the building of homes to be able to place all reoccurring donations into our mercy feeding program.

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 is 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!!!!

June 15: An earlier donation for water was received and pictures came in today to see the early stage of the water system in the Miskito Coast. Ten Nationas went in and the water will benifit 88 families.

 

April visit with Genesis, what a great gal. We had so much fun.

June 22: Sending help for Genesis, the girl with the 3 tumors. With a new diet her tumors have gone down 30%.

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 micro-businesses 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 25: At church, 2 friends hear about this need and both take on sponsorship of a mercy child.

$21 a month is great, that covers the cost of paypal bur $25 a month will help cover the food and gasoline and oil to deliver it.

 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.

Flutemaker Ministries is looking for new partners to give $21 each, to launch our food drive once a month with a huge bag of food and household supplies, on a recurring basis per month. If you would like to join us to bring food to 243 children with disabilities in mostly impoverished homes each month, please use the button below.

 

  A reoccurring donation of $21 covers the paypal cost and lets us attend one child a month.

A $25 offering a month helps us with the gasoline and oil to move food to many villages to the staging areas where we give the food to the mercy families.

Thank you for considering this!

Erik the flutemaker, President of Flutemaker Ministries

July 1: Present Budget sent.

 July 2: Pictures of Brenda's house coming in.

July 5th Brenda's home

July 6: Sent funding for Brenda's tile floor and paint.

July 9

July 10: Sending funding for 9 latrines and 15 table and chair sets. Thank you Zimmer Family Foundation! You guys are absolutely awesome!!!

July 15: Support sent for children's home and feeing centers.

Brenda's house July 17th ready for doors, windows and paint.

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.

August 1: Funding will be sent to feed all 243 children once a month! Support for children's home and feeding centers will be sent. Thank you for your support!

 

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Comments

Posted by Eva&Maya on May 10, 2017

We came across your site through Heartdwellers, it just touched our hearts. Love for Ana and her family!

Posted by luis gonzalez on May 09, 2017

im just gonna donate, i am shy, i dont spend to much around people.i hope to give you hope take care . God bless you

Posted by Clare du Bois on May 07, 2017

Thank you Erik and Linda for the outstanding job you are doing to bring these families a decent life style. Jesus loves these very, very little ones more than we can ever imagine and He has hand picked them for His Bride to be touched in her heart and give unselfishly from her own provision. Truly these precious ones are a gift to us that we might become more like our Heavenly Father, taking care of them with a heart full of love and compassion.

Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High will find these people of His in the very center of His heart. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to give. Love, Clare

Posted by Tevin A White on April 27, 2017

Praise God!!

I am looking forward to supporting you all! I was supposed to be on my way to Kenya this may, but due to low funds I was not able to make it. But Glory be to God I can help in another way! Philippians 4:13! God will supply all their needs according to His riches in Glory! I hope to purchase these flutes from you not only to make music for my ministry to serve our Almighty Creator, but to support God’s children in Nicaragua!

Posted by Ashley on March 14, 2017

May Our Heavenly Father continue to have His Mighty, Healing and Holy Hand on your Ministry Erik and continue to work absolute Wonders through your Ministry as well!
HalleluYah and AMEN!!! :D

Posted by JOSEFINA E BEELER on March 11, 2017

For better water in April. May God met the needs to give everyone a better water in Jesus Mighty Name Amen!

Posted by lynda Goncalves on March 07, 2017

your cause is an awesome one, that we love. praise our LORD JESUS for all his help for these needy people. We will be sending you a donation, in an international money order cheque, to your address that shows below this page. God bless you all for the wonderful work you do in JESUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I have your onfo & phone number now from your page below. Please email me if this is ok, for us to send the donation this way. We wont send the donation through visa cause they charge us so much more money in service charges to do it. Thank you LYNDA GONCALVES xxx 000 to you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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