It is such a joy to do something to help our needy world.
Every month, with your help, Flutemaker Ministries supports A Heart to Love Foundation which enables them to bring food to 266 children with disabilities, run a farm, care for the kids of our former children's home, bring food to a few feeding centers and to pay the salaries of the workers.
Aside from this monthly support, here is what our customers and donors have done this year.
In 2018 we were able to send funding for:
... A home for Blanca who was in a plastic house with her very ill daughter Margarita who has disabilities. Thanks to my customer, Jen and her husband Terry.
Little Margarita got very sick in 2018 and almost died but pulled through.
Around July, Blanca the mother, had a stroke and she too, pulled through!
August. 29, 2018 October 3, 2018
Sent funding for 26 beds for our Mercy Kids.
Bought 80 mosquito nets.
Put in another well at the farm.
Funded the planting of hundreds of guava trees.
Deybin and Pastor Carlos gathering the first guavas. Carlos is the one who rescued Deybin from the garbage dump. Both grew up in extreme poverty. Carlos is the one who inspired my wife and I to get involved.
Funded the park and 2 rooms on the farm.
Bought 4 sewing machines for Mercy Moms.
Put in our 6th water system in a village in the Miskito Coast.
Thanks to Ambassadors of Love, a house for Marisela of the Mercy Ministry was built. They had been evicted and Melvin, the father, had lost his job. Now they have a home and Melvin now works for the foundation.
In August we sent funding to help put on another room to better serve this family.
Bought Maria Esperanza and her disabled son a home that needed fixing. Funding was also sent to fix it.
She is real happy with her blessing.
Funded 2 more micro-businesses for Mercy Mothers with children with disabilities and expanded Sara's and Brenda's business.
Sold 12 flute sets to help fund Abel's house, and hired Levi, a Mercy Dad, to paint it and kept him working for the foundation. Levi is Genesis' father.
Abel's house was funded by Ambassadors of Love and flutes by Erik the Flutemaker.
Sending Keyling in our Mercy ministry to study computer
Sent Emanuel and his mother to be refitted for a leg in Tampa. We are grateful for another ministry that sponsored him here in the USA. He can now play ball!
Funded Deybin's roof and his walls with plaster. Deybin was rescued from the garbage dump and is now a designer of bags, one of our sewers and main drivers who just got married and built his house. We want to help him to put in a floor and paint his house. Help with this would be great!
Bought lots of medicine and special milk for our Mercy Kids. But some of the milk is very expensive and we could use help with this.
Helping out now is Abelito, a nurse.
Sent a special offering to help victims of sex slave trade in India, Phillipines, Cuba, Mexico and the USA from a gracious donation from our friends, the Heart Dwellers.
Sent $1,000 to help feed homeless victims from the recent Volcano eruption in Guatemala. We also sent $500 to help some volunteer firefighters in Guatemala who needed help.
Funded items for Linda's family of the Mercy Ministry whose home was swept away in a flash flood.
We bought Linda's family a house and sent funding to fix it.
April 16th: We took Genesis, and her mom Keylin, into our home for 7 months while Genesis received medical treatments.
We also hired a seamstress to teach Keylin a trade.
When we learned Genesis and her family bathed from a bucket because they are very poor and their roof was about to fall down and walls were cracked, funding came in for a new house for them!
April 16, 2018, the day Genesis left Nicaragua.
November 5th Genesis Birthday dinner and ready to return to Nicaragua.
Many of our Mercy Kids are very fragile and I am very sad to say, we sent funding to bury 15 year old Aleda Blandon who succumbed to Pneumonia.
Sent funding for meds for William, our dear helper who had a blood clot.
Sent help to put a roof on the home of Jender Antonio one of our blind mercy kids.
Sent help to put up a retention wall where water floods the house of Milagro one of our Mercy kids.
Sent funding to buy an orthopedic leg brace for Danny. Dec. 8th we deeply regretted to hear the sad news that Danny suddenly died of Pneumonia.
The Mercy Center at the farm.
Volunteer Ellen from the USA in Nicaragua working with the Mercy Kids.
June 12 funding was sent to help these kids.
Sent $100 for meds for Mario Esteban
Sent Adaelly $140 for meds.
Sent Byron Benavidez $159 for meds
Sent Eyron Gomez $143 for special milk and vitamins.
Aug. 3: the political unrest got calm in Nicaragua!
Aug 29th Sent help for medication for Jose Gutierrez with Cerebral Palsy. William had a recent blood clot he is back on his feet delivering the food for mercy kids.
Back to Nicaragua!
November 19 we retuned to Nicaragua to take Genesis and Keylin home. Here again is the picture of when Genesis came to us and the day she left.
Here are pictures from the trip.
Ready to land in Managua
Back in the arms of dad.
We arrived about midnight and the family had gone to bed. At hearing us arrive her big family all awoke and dressed and came out of the surrounding houses to greet Genesis and many wept for joy.
A family gathering at midnight.
Grandma, who raised Keylin, was so grateful.
Genesis' church came out to celebrate the new home.
Dedicating Genesis house with Genesis and my hands on the scissors cutting the ribon. How cool!
We also got to see the farm. Here is the Mercy Center at the Farm. A tremendous work by the Mercy Kids Foundation. The work of Mary Nelson who works in Fair Trade in Indiana.
One child is now feeding himself.
This boy learned how to walk at the Mercy Center.
Anyely was getting therapy.
Later we delivered food to Anyely who was living very far into the mountains and it was hard to get help. When an unstable person began to attack her, the family came to Teote. In need of a home, we found this adobe house for sale.
We fixed the electric, water, and cement on the walls. Next is the latrine, floor and paint. We could use some help with this.
Visiting the new park at the farm.
Enjoying the new park at the farm.
Linda my flower
Picking coffee at the farm
Beans ready to harvest
Long ago, Torivio was drunk, bloodied and beaten up, when in shadows of a night meeting he heard Pastor Carlos speak about hope and forgiveness. He opened his heart to Christ and now helps us at the farm.
He planted 6 different plants together this year on the higher farmland. Beans, Yucca, Achote, a condiment and 3 kinds of squash.
Above, is the "Farm Tractor" enjoying a field of food.
Visiting the Mercy Homes of 2018
In 2016 Adaelly lived in a rental without water so we built her a nice house but today she is very fragile. She needs a more expensive milk than we are giving. With a specific offering recently given, and after a soon courcs on managing a business we are helping to get her dad back into cutting hair. His machine was broken but soon he will have a humble barber shop in the house. So this house needs, special milk and a healing miracle. We could help with this need too!
Ines was homeless with her daughter and grand son both with disabilities. We built them a home in 2017 and are helping her with a micro business to make bread. This also needs funding.
Blanca Margarita was in a plastic house after being homeless. But now has a nice little home, below. She almost died this year. I was thrilled to see her well.
Little Linda's house was swept away in a flash flood. She's happy now in a new home.
Melvin and his family were homeless and unemployed and now Melvin has a home thanks to Ambassador's of Love and he works at the farm caring for the cows, oxen and horses.
Here is Melvin in the back ground packing mercy boxes to help feed the 266 kids with disabilities.
Esperanza and her son and grandson were homeless. Now they own a home.
We are down to only 3 as the food donation stopped. We are working on 2 leads to bring back the 46 we had.
I was asked to help this feeding center to finish their area of construction. Sure could use some help with this.
Here are some new things outside our usual budget that we need help to fund.
Leaving Nicaragua, after a great trip.
Let me know if you would like to help. Info@eriktheflutemaker.com
Maricela's English classes $40 a month. Maricela was stuck in the birth canal and the midwife jumped on her mother to pop her out. This dislodged her hip and she was lame from birth. Today Maricela is a beautiful and smart 13 year who wants to learn English. They were recently homeless and the father had lost his job. But now they have a home and a job with the foundation there. Geylin rescued from the garbage dump made their home. To sponsor Maricela with her English class would be $40 a month.
I was asked to finish a feeding center. We started it a few years ago with some posts and a plastic cover in an extremely poor area. Now it is a construction site needing funding to finish. Kids come twice a week for food. $3,455 will finish this project.
We are about to fund 7 micro businesses for mercy moms and a mercy dad after the parents finish a course on business.
Perhaps you can help us with one that fits your budget.
1) $300 small sale of corn, tortillas, wood and coffee
2) $450 Small store selling underwear and plastic cups and bowls, metal silverware.
3) $550 sale of cosmetics.
4) $700 small store selling food, soap, candles, toilet paper
5) $700 another small store selling food, soap, candles, toilet paper
6) $1,221 for Inez with 2 mercy kids and no husband begin a bread business. She knows this work.
7) $500 for a Barber Shop for mercy dad, Marvin. He used to cut hair but could not afford to fix his electric cutting tool after it broke. DONE!
Finish a Mercy House: A mercy family had to leave a very out of the way mountainous area because a family member who is mentally unstable began to harm their mercy child.
We just bought a house for them for $5,500 and then sent a first payment to make it ready for the family. We sent $1,500 to put cement on the adobe walls inside and out. And put in
put in electric and water. We still need to make a latrine, a shower area, a floor, a low retention wall to keep flooding out, paint the house and an out door sink to wash dishes and clothes. The next construction stage will be due soon. $4,826 is still needed to finish this project.
Just in Dec. 11th A mercy family in need.
Araselis Hernandez is 16, has cerebral palsy, her dad got depressed and left and became an alcoholic. Her mother Maria, 45 years old, works for a lady in the market making very little. 12 year old brother Alexander cooks for her and her little brother.
These are pictures of their bathing area, latrine and bed where 4 sleep together.
We bought them 2 beds: $230, and pots, plates and silverware, blankets, and clothing $365.50. This family was given permission to stay on this property another year so we will fix up their latrine and bathing area. And likely fund a micro business for the mother.
Just sent help for Lino with a big skin problem. Lindo needs a pill a day and a cream. This need is $230 per month.
I was asked to help a pastor for kidney dialysis. His blood is cleaned 3 times a week and the cost is $340 monthly to keep him alive. I could have said, "Sorry, we are a children's ministry." But I figure God can help us to help him. And this pastor was a kid once too. So we sent the first month's payment to keep him alive. He also has many kids in his church that he pastors.
Thank you customers, Heart Dwellers around the world, family, and friends who helped out in 2018, to remind a hurting world that they are not alone.
If you would like to help us help others in 2019 you can donate at www.FlutemakerMinistries.org
Erik and Linda