Friday, December 8, 2017

As she placed the ring on her finger...

Celebrating life, giving hope. 

As Aurora placed a ring on her 15-year-old daughter, Monica's hand, tears streamed down her face. For the families that work in the garbage dump, whom we are privileged to serve and walk life with, there are not "extras".

These families spend their days walking over an hour to get to the garbage dump, then working long, laborous hours, only to turn around and walk back home with next to nothing in their pockets. Many times, not even enough to put dinner on the table. In reality, there is not even a real table.

Serving the children of these families in our Comprehensive Care Center has provided us with many opportunities to share the Gospel, walk alongside these children, and give them HOPE for the first time in their lives. Many of the kids have come to know Jesus and are walking with Him in their daily lives.

For the parents, workshops are offered and we continue to build relationships with them. Many of the parents are coming to know Jesus through the time they spend in our program. Some have even come to know Jesus through their children sharing with them!

Thanks to the generous donations of several people, a dream became a reality last month in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Three girls that are in our program had the honor of celebrating their quinceaños, a traditional celebration for girls turning 15 years old. It is a time where the family reflects on the ways God has blessed their daughter as well as a time to speak life into them and challenge them for the years ahead.

As we set up and prepared to celebrate these 3 precious lives, the moms were continually in tears. Aurora (pictured above), shared with us how she never was able to have a celebration for her own 15th birthday nor host one for her older daughter. The joy in this mothers eyes was so evident. A dream she had for years, became a reality.

For us, it's so much more than just a one day celebration though. It is one more way for us to show these families that they are not alone. One more way for us to walk life with them. One more way for us to show them Unconditional love, through Jesus alone.

It was a beautiful day where the Word was preached! Many shared their favorite stories of the girls, the girls were able to escape their reality of extreme poverty for a day, we ate, celebrated, and rejoiced, giving thanks to God for all He has done.

If you are interested in partnering with our family, so we can continue to minister to families like this so they can stay together, we would love to have you on our team. We are still asking the Lord to bless us with new partners at $30 per month.

Thank you for loving us, allowing us to be here, and have the privilege of seeing the hope on Aurora's face. We are blessed indeed!

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mentoring & Transitional Care

The future for a teen aging out of an orphanage is often filled with thoughts of fear. In many places, once you turn 18 you are shown the front door with only the clothes on your back... maybe a small sack of personal belongings, if you have any.

This is not the case where Orphan Outreach is present. The teens we serve have plans for the future, transition into adulthood with mentors in their lives, and no longer have to live in fear. Check out the video above for a glimpse into our hearts to serve this underserved population!

Also, a quick update... we have been blessed with THREE new monthly supporters, praise God! We are still looking for 27 more people at $30 a month to join our team and be a part of what God is doing in Guatemala. Please prayerfully consider, send this email to other like-minded individuals, and pray, pray, pray. This is absolutely essential (before year end) in order to keep our family on the field.

Blessings to you all!
Dan & Christi

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

What is orphan care?

How do children continue in school when no one in their family knows how to read or write in order to help them with their homework?

How do we help families stay together when it's a healthy situation?

Let's take a look at what an orphan is, at what a social orphan is, and how we provide a safe place for children to thrive and grow.

If you'd like to partner with our family, we would be so grateful. We are still working towards our goal of 30 new partners at $30 a month.

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Everyday Life

What is life like there?
How do cultural differences come into play?

I can't tell you how many times people have been surprised to hear that our kids struggle and throw fits just like theirs do... that we struggle to balance ministry, life, children, and still make our marriage a priority. There's this odd perception that just because we are blessed with the opportunity to serve on a daily basis or wear the term "missionary" that our lives are extra-super or something.

Learn a little about our everyday life in Guatemala...

If you'd like to partner with our family, we would be so grateful. We are still working towards our goal of 30 new partners at $30 a month. Most people can spare $30 a month if we just make simple sacrifices.

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership. Click here.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our Calling

We receive a lot of questions about what we do, how we got here, and what we have on the horizon. We put together a short video series to answer some of those questions. This is the first video in the series, so be on the lookout for others coming soon. Please consider sharing this with others in your circle that may be interested in partnering with our family as we seek to spread the name of Jesus!

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Are you ready for November?

Who is ready for November...
✔️ National Adoption Month
✔️ World Adoption Day
✔️ Orphan Sunday

We sold these T-shirts once several weeks ago and some of y’all didn’t get your order in... and asked for them again.... so, here we go!

T-shirt details:
▪️Sizes S - 3XL unisex adult, kids S (4/6), med (8/10), and lg (12/14)
▪️$36 each (includes shipping)
▪️I will send you a PayPal invoice that must be paid in order to get the order in.
▪️Sale will close Tuesday, 10/10
▪️Orders will be shipped out 2-3 weeks later

🔹A friend said, “THIS IS THE SOFTEST, MOST WORLD CHANGING, ADOPTED CHILD OF GOD, T-SHIRT I OWN”... yes, in all caps... cause they are THAT GOOD!
🔹I’m not normally a t-shirt girl, but I love this one! 😍

▪️Just email us ucherek1AThotmailDOTcom with your size(s) and email address for the invoice!

❤️❤️❤️BONUS: If you sign up to be a new monthly supporter, you can get a T-shirt or a bag of Guatemalan coffee for FREE!! (1 year commitment, $30 p/mo minimum)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Difference a Year Can Make

"I can't believe the difference one year of therapy has made in my son!" 

Partnering with one of the only schools for children with Down Syndrome in this country is truly a joy! Recently while spending time with the children that are under school age (1 month - 5 years) and their parents during their therapy sessions, the mothers were expressing to Dan what a difference the program has already made in their lives. 

One of the moms expressed the fears and unknowns that came with the diagnosis she learned of after her child was born. She didn't have access to great medical care and was doing the best she could, already scared for how to provide. Then, she received life-changing news and wasn't sure what she would do. Soon after, she learned of the Down Syndrome School and the services they provide even before children are of school age.

The difference being made in these children's lives starting with an early-intervention program and then a school that serves them well into their 20's and even 30's sometimes is truly incredible. Without this school, the love provided to the children (and their families), and the therapy program, these children would spend the rest of their lives begging on the streets. There's no sugar-coating it, services for anyone with special needs just aren't available here. 

These children need this help. These families need this program just like we need each of you. It's not fun to ask for help, but friends and family, we need it. We are facing a large monthly deficit that HAS to be met in order for our family to continue to serve children and families like these. Would you please consider partnering with us? 

Click here to partner with us. 

Believing God will provide,