Friday, January 13, 2017

CCC - your chance to make an impact!

Our ministry is in desperate need of sponsors for our Chimaltenango Comprehensive Care Center where we serve children and families living in extreme poverty. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of this program. Here's an amazing video showing how we love and serve these families!


Guatemala Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) -HD from Orphan Outreach on Vimeo.

To find a child that you can bless by sponsoring, click here -- or message us for details!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!



From our family to yours, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May we each take time to remember Jesus, who came to this earth as a baby and died a sacrificial death on a cross, so that we could have eternal life with Him. He is the reason for the season and for that, we are so grateful! 

We aren't quite sure how to sum up 2016... the only word that comes to mind is CRAZY! But, in the midst of the crazy, we see God working in our hearts, in our home, and in our ministry. We are so thankful that God called us to serve Him and His people in this way and that we have each of you in this journey with us. You all love, support, pray, and encourage us in more ways than we can possibly recount and we are so grateful to have you in our lives, even if from afar.

We are thrilled to report that Christi will be returning home from the hospital tomorrow and we have witnessed the Lord's hand in healing the infection in her body. Please continue to pray for protection over her body as she continues to recover from home.

If you feel led to support our family through a one-time gift at year end, throughout the year, or as a monthly recurring gift, we would be so grateful. We truly could not be here serving orphaned and vulnerable children without these donations. You can do so here

Blessings to each of you, 
Dan, Christi, Malakai, Finley, Titus, and IsaĆ­as Ucherek

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Titus

I've stared at these 4 photos from our time in Michigan more times that I can count. As I filled out pages upon pages of medical surveys, background information, and family history questions, it was bittersweet! Bitter not having any of those answers to be able to help medical professionals or to be able to tell Titus as he has more questions the older he gets. Sweet knowing that God called him to our family and we have the opportunity to watch him grow. 
You see, Malakai started praying for a little boy we saw in photos to have a mommy and a daddy. Shortly after that time, we knew that God was calling us to be the answer to that prayer and we stepped out in faith to adopt Titus. We had just moved out of the country and had a mere couple hundred dollars to apply to his $30k adoption fees. We had no idea how it would work out, but we knew that God said he was ours! So we took steps in obedience... one by one! As we reviewed all the medical unknowns and the lack of biological family information, we were scared. Very scared. But God kept telling us that fear was not a reason to not bring him into our family. Over time, we've seen miracle after miracle in this boy. We've seen God make him into a compassionate, kind, and sensitive child of God who desires to be loved, like each of us do! 
As I stare at these photos, I'm thankful for so many things. I'm thankful that God called us. I'm thankful that I followed the lead of this amazing man, my husband. I'm thankful that he reaches down to help Titus any time he's in need, just like the photos. I'm thankful for the progress that Titus has made. But most of all, I'm thankful that we serve a God that is so much bigger than a medical diagnosis. So much bigger than medicating a 4-year old for the sub-clinical seizures he's having. And so much bigger than the unknown growth and nutritional issues we are seeing. 
We know that God is so much bigger. We know that we are facing at least (some tests still outstanding) a $5,000 medical bill for the time we spent in Chicago. And we know that God can wipe that out if He so desires. PLEASE join us in prayer as we seek to do what is best for Titus and continue to learn more and more about how to best parent him and shepherd his precious heart!
If you feel led to pray, share this need, or even give, we would be so grateful!


Please pray {medical update}

Friends - we've been asked and wanted to let you know about an important need. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Titus at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago to discover and find treatment for the seizures he has been having. They are, unfortunately, affecting development and many other things. We are prayerful that the treatment plan the neurologists recommended will help our sweet boy in the areas that he has been struggling in. 
Due to the nature of the exams that Titus needed, we are facing a financial deficit to cover a portion that the insurance did not cover. Right now, we are looking at needing at least $5,000 to cover these bills and are trusting the Lord to provide as He had every step of the way! 
Please pray and if you feel led, consider giving. Please click here and indicate "Titus Ucherek medical" on any donation. Thank you all!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Keep praying!

Friends - please continue to pray for the medical decisions we mentioned before for one of our children. We prayed for favor and our medical insurance has agreed to pay 80% of the exams that our son needs, praise God! We are trusting the Ultimate Provider for the 20% we will be responsible for and would covet your prayers! Thank you!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

COFFEE!!!

Friends and Family,

We are excited for another coffee fundraiser. We always try to do a coffee fundraiser this time of year as it starts getting a little cooler for most of you although we haven't felt that yet here :) All proceeds from our coffee fundraiser each year helps us to be able to pay for medical insurance for our family which allows us to serve another year here in Guatemala. As you know, God has called us here to serve orphaned and vulnerable children which we could not do without the love, support, and prayers of all of you. We rely on the support and donations of churches and individuals to be able to serve here and this is one way to support our mission.

Once again, we are offering the AMAZING Leiva's Coffee that is locally grown here in Guatemala by some dear friends. Their coffee farm isn't just a business, it's a ministry! Fair trade, organic, specialty coffee providing jobs, funding education, and providing a future for children in a remote Guatemalan village is how coffee business should be done! We are blessed to call the Leiva family friends and love how God is using them to minister to so many!


FLAVORS:
-Medium Roast (ground or whole bean)
-Bold Roast (ground or whole bean)
-Decaf (available in ALL flavors, ground and whole bean)
-Butterscotch Brownie (ground or whole bean)
-Jamaican Me Crazy (ground or whole bean)
-Cookiedoodle (ground or whole bean)
-Dolce Amaretto (ground or whole bean)
-French Vanilla (ground or whole bean)
-Pumpkin Spice (ground or whole bean)
-Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble (ground or whole bean)
-NEW: Walnut Fudge (ground or whole bean)
-NEW: Southern Pecan (ground or whole bean)


Bags are 16 OUNCES and $18 each plus shipping.


To order: Send us an email (ucherek1 AT hotmail DOT com)  with your order information, including mailing address and email address for paypal billing. You will be billed via paypal once items are shipped (approximately 1 week after the sale ends). On sale now through Sept 18th. 


**You can click here to read the descriptions of each flavor of coffee, but PLEASE order directly from us or the Leiva's won't know that the proceeds go towards our fundraiser.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thank you (vehicle update)!!







Thank you! 

Thank you all so much for praying for us to be able to buy a different, more reliable vehicle for Dan... and for responding to that need so incredibly quickly. What an encouraging week it was for us as we shared something that was on our hearts and felt very far from our reach, to you all asking how you could give, then a match being offered, and within a matter of days, the Lord had provided every penny for us to purchase the truck.

Having a more reliable vehicle has already been a blessing in the short time that we've had it. Dan has already been putting it to great use for the long trips he makes as well as the loads he carries. We are so thankful for each of YOU! We are thankful for the way you love us in spite of our distance, often times lack of contact for months at a time, and our fear to ask. We are thankful that the Lord has truly built a body of believers around us that supports, loves, and prays for us.

We would not and could not be here without each of you and we truly mean that! May God multiply your acts of sacrifice and gifts offered to Him!

Humbled,
Dan & Christi