Flutemaker Ministries helps children in Nicaragua to be free from poverty and hopelessness through nutritional support, education, and micro-businesses.
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Hola Carlos, can you hear me now?
Greetings from Flutemaker Ministries!
Pastor Carlos is a very serious man
and I love to make him laugh.
The above picture took place when he handed me two squash.
It has been awhile since we have communicated and we wanted to report,
#1 That the Container is clearing Nicaraguan customs and should be leaving the port.
It is packed with clothing, shoes, cups, bowls, linens, and much more
that will be distributed to the poor.
#2 Pastor Carlos is now serving 300 feeding centers.
195 handicapped children and 25 kids at the home.
To manage it better we bought him a new phone.
No more buying minutes and running to cyber cafes he now can receive email take pictures and call anywhere for 60 cents a day.
#3 Offerings still come in from donors, product sales of Cascabel Creations and things from the Nicaraguan craft market.
All these things put money in his ministry pocket.
#4 A small team of 4 just retuned to see how things were going.
Here is my report of how his work is growing:
We found the young kids eager for a visit from the north.
Excited about the new trampoline and the basket ball hoop we bought.
We found Pastor Carlos busy at his work,
loving people and adding to the church.
We found Chris Alejandro
who had been abandoned and abused
now a Christian Clown, his audience amused.
We found the kids as beautiful as ever and ready to play,
They did art, hit a Piñata and came out for the day.
Gema was at the dump her mom left her at the home
Every time I call her a princess she glows.
The slide was extra special they kept coming down
Loving one another and clowning around
They even had ice cream
As we stopped for a picture away from the home,
Pastor Carlos was happy on his new phone.
We got to visit 2 families from Carlos’ Mercy Ministry.
Pastor Mario has 3 disabled children. They had risen from their beds.
Ana brought them dresses and Carlos brought them bread.
Pastor Carlos now serves 195 disabled kids,
that absent fathers left alone,
But because of Carlos and his help
there is food inside their homes.
We found the older kids and staff working very hard.
At the home, in the garden and on the farm.
On the weekends they study a profession.
At a college that isn’t far.
Our friends took a course in organic gardening.
Deep digging with compost
producing year round harvesting.
This is Franklin one of the original Kids of Cascabel.
His mother left to find work and never returned and his father hung himself.
On the farm 500 holes were dug and the land is ready to receive
the rainy season and 500 purchased fruit trees.
This discarded sign says:
The Garden of the Child offers Arts and Crafts, Ornamental Plants,
Natural Juices, Ice Cream and Bakery.
But their attempts at business seemed to have been washed away.
It was an eye opener to find Nicaragua in drought.
Animals are dying and farmers live in doubt
Food and most other prices went up
and folks were not shopping
for what his home was at one time offering.
On the money subject
Pastor Carlos has been working with his old budget
that was established after the great harvest in 2012
that lowered the original budget by half. Which we thought was swell.
That windfall had brought in 20,000 lbs of corn, much yucca, peppers and beans.
In 2013 he got only 5,000 lbs of corn and in 2014 they still wait for rain.
So he is financially pressured with an inadequate budget for:
rising food costs, home repairs, educational needs and more.
We need to raise the budget to just even the score.
We found the home needing much maintenance
but we left no maintenance fund to maintain it.
It was good that we went because we were able to see
that things weren’t going so easily.
“What things”, said the reader?
I thought you’d never ask
said the man with the flutes and the burden on his back.
Things like the front walkway
that had eroded away
We had long meetings with him about the true dollar cost of his vision.
We asked if he was a micro business or a mission?
Both work differently.
Bottom line is, he is a ministry.
And any business he does, will also help wonderfully.
We spoke about the body of Christ in other places
who are gifted with financial graces
that should be able to help support his mission and take care of all his cases.
And in 3 years when his fruit trees kick in
he will have more wealth in his bins.
As already mentioned Pastor Carlos is serving 300 feeding centers
195 disabled kids in the Mercy Ministry,
25 kids at the home
and took kids from the garbage dump to the university.
Doesn’t sound like a business but a wonderful ministry.
And a ministry should be supported by the body of Christ
They are a light on a hill trying to shine bright.
We found the bed rooms very bare and in need,
looked like the kids were still stuck in poverty.
I would like their rooms to look more like this
so when they leave the home tomorrow
they will have known a better life that they can follow
But this is what we saw, which they still cannot see.
The Bible part was great but the other is poverty.
The kids had no pajamas and went to bed in their clothes.
They need a den mother to come and show them, love them, hug them
and mother them to grow.
Linda and Anna brought little dolls and our girls held them,
hugged them and treasured them.
They mothered the girls and prayed and brushed their hair and teeth
then sang to them as they put them to sleep.
A doll was also given to Fanny,
the young volunteer who serves like a nanny
It was hard to believe, but she too clutched it tenderly,
she too had never owned a doll.
This brought tears to Linda and Ana.
Who told me,
“Honey, we will return to decorate the rooms
when we get the money.”
We visited a huge store in Managua like a Sam’s Club or Costco.
We went on a shopping spree and spent $1,500 to supply the home with glee.
Next time we would like to buy the children’s home a washing machine and a new refrigerator and a table for the library.
And shelves for their rooms
Carlos took a picture at what could be his library table.
Once we increase the budget he will be much more stable.
So I ask 7 questions and then answer at the end
My report is almost over, hang in there friend.
Why do they rent and not own their chairs?
Why not fix the outside stairs?
Why no kitchen table today?
2 years after the house was made.
Why not repair the kitchen tile yesterday?
Why not put in a kitchen screen door
to rid the flies forever more?
Why not fix the swing set yet?
And why not buy a new pick?
Or work boots to help them work?
Because the present budget only fed the kids,
paid the workers and put gas in the cars.
Their businesses failed due to drought
and hard times came about.
We were vey happy with the trip
and returned with a mission:
To find more support for A Heart To Love Foundation.
Like their mural in the dinning room says,
God is Good.
And He is!
So I mention this opportunity
to share our blessings with such as these.
Erik the Flutemaker
President of Flutemaker Ministries
June 12th, 2014
2014 has come and we have received financial blessings to continue to build on the Jalapa Farm. A bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and storage room for crops and tools. Thank you for helping Flutemaker Ministries to build a good micro-business to break the cycle of poverty.
The farm has lowered the cost of the children’s home by half. Trucks come to buy their crops, and they are investing in their farm. We are so proud of the hard working folks we are assisting.
In 2014 A Heart to Love Ministry in Nicaragua will help 195 children in crisis health. Continue to serve 25 kids are at the children’s home and bring donated food to 155 feeding centers throughout Nicaragua. We are happy that 5 of the young adults at the home start college this year and eight start High School.
Experimental gardens at Cascabel Children’s home and Jalapa are planned as well as an orchard with 500 fruit trees including avocado, lemon, orange and banana trees. They will also plant more corn, beans and yucca on the Jalapa Farm for 2014.
OUR 2013 GOAL WAS MET!! Thank you Chuck and Nancy Caine for setting this up and thanks to our amazing donors. The container is all paid for and on its way to Nicaragua with 38 pallets of provision including clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, tools, school and kitchen supplies and much more!!! This will bring encouragement and relief to many.
I am amazed your giving!
For food, education supplies, medical supplies and payment of staff at the home.
For special needs of health crisis children.
For equipping feeding centers and transportation costs.
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