Friday, November 21, 2014

Isaías Daniel Ucherek

Wednesday morning, November 19, we welcomed our newest blessing into this world! It was a crazy pregnancy and the last few weeks it seemed that things were changing daily... But we called upon the Lord some faithful prayer warriors for the health of both mom and baby! In the end, we were scheduled to go into the hospital on Tuesday night with an induction the following morning. We prayed for what seemed constantly that the induction would not be necessary (Christi was induced with Finley and had some adverse reactions) and God was faithful to answer those prayers! Contractions were a sporadic for several days and began to be consistent almost exactly when we got to the hospital. By the time Christi's doctor arrived on Wednesday morning, he was pleasantly surprised with her progress and immediately said an induction was not necessary! Praise God for His timing and how He directed our steps and guides our bodies! Just 25 minutes after the induction initially would have happened, Isaías Daniel Ucherek joined this world. I don't think we will be forgetting the look on the doctors face any time soon when Christi exclaimed that there was no way she was only 6 cm dilated and the baby was coming NOW... Or the sweet Guatemalan nurses pushing the bed and SPRINTING down the hall to the delivery room either! Let's just say that Christi was not the only one sweating this time! :)

Here's a few photos of our bundle of joy! He arrived at 5:45 am weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long.

Isaías Daniel Ucherek (just like our other boys, we will use both the Spanish and English version, so feel free to call him Isaiah)

THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY for praying and walking alongside us! We are forever grateful!









Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coming to IL!

Hey friends,
As you know, we are still praying for the remainder of the funds to travel to Illinois at the end of December. Please join us in prayer!

Illinois Friends - mark your calendars! Lord willing, we will have a family worship night led by Dan and the PBC worship band in Pontiac on Sunday, January 4th!! More details to follow soon.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BEAUTIFUL signs... Noonday basket... yummy coffee... and more!

We are so excited to share these items with you... so excited!

We are praying that the Lord would provide the remaining funds for us to travel to Illinois for a couple weeks at the end of December to 1. update and get face time with a few churches and 2. see our friends and family. Living overseas and so far away can be hard... there's just no other way to cut it... we miss people. We don't miss things, although I will be drooling as I walk the aisles of Target, what we really miss is people. Our kiddos haven't seen their grandparents in a year and at their ages, that is tough. Plus, we'd really like to introduce our new little man (due in 31 days) to his grandparents, cousins, and friends back 'home'. It's a strange thing to feel like you have 2 homes... well, that's another post for another day. Anyway, when we made the decision to move here, we also agreed to do whatever we could for our kids to be able to see their grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles every 1-2 years... so, here goes nothing! :) 

The Lord has been putting together all of the pieces... we have a vehicle lined up, carseats lined up, a place to stay, and some airline miles that we can use for part of the flights... so, we are needing to raise the remainder and are selling and auctioning the following items to do so! 


Philosophy Designs Signs
I absolutely LOVE the work that Hilary from Philosophy Designs does! She's a fellow adoptive mom with an amazing heart. I love how her work helps us to instill Scripture into the hearts and minds of our littles (and everyone that enters our homes). If only I could find a way to ship these bad boys to Guatemala! ;) 

These are both hand-made from barn wood and are absolutely beautiful! 

Option #1: 
Psalm 139:14 Sign - Fearfully and Wonderfully made with chevron background. 

Current Bid: 
Measurements: 12"W x 14"H and retail value is $70

Option #2: 
John 1:16 Sign - For from His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. 

Current Bid: 
Measurements: 14"W x 15"H and retail value is $70

To bid: These signs are both being sold by auction through this album on Facebook through midnight CST on October 21st. Place your bids on each individual photo on Facebook. Buyer is responsible for shipping from TX. 

*If you do not have Facebook and would like to bid on these signs, please email at ucherek1 AT hotmail DOT com. I will update the current bids here at the end of each day so you know approximately where they are at. 


Noonday Gift Basket
Our sweet friend, encourager, and supporter Mindy Anliker is a new Noonday rep and donated this awesome gift pack. This would make an amazing gift for a teacher, friend, sister, anyone really. I just LOVE the quality of the Noonday Collection items, but most of all, love that they are fair-trade and providing a way out of poverty for women all over the world. To check out Mindy's site, click here.

This basket retails for $72 total for the 3 pieces. 
The 3 pieces are: Beaded Statement Bracelet (multi colored), the Safari Stack Bracelet in aqua, and the Sofiya Wrap Bracelet (gold & pink). Mindy has also graciously offered to pay shipping.

Current Bid: 

To bid: This set is being sold by auction through this album on Facebook through midnight CST on October 21st. Place your bids on each individual photo on Facebook. 

*If you do not have Facebook and would like to bid on these signs, please email at ucherek1 AT hotmail DOT com. I will update the current bids here at the end of each day so you know approximately where they are at. 


Leiva's Coffee 
We are excited to offer you the amazing, organic, fair-trade, Guatemalan coffee once again. Our friends at Leiva's Coffee are such a blessing to us and we can tell you first hand, that their ministry is incredible. Not only are you blessing our family by buying this coffee from us, but you are also blessing their ministry... win.win. 



Bags are $16 each plus shipping (between $5 and $6 for 1-4 bags). 

Options: 
-Medium Roast (whole bean or ground)
-Bold Roast (whole bean or ground)
-Dark Roast DECAF (whole bean or ground)
-Butterscotch Brownie (whole bean or ground)
-Cookiedoodle (whole bean or ground)
-French Vanilla (whole bean or ground)
-Jamaican Me Crazy (whole bean or ground)
-Pumpkin Spice (whole bean or ground)

To order: S
end us an email at 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. 
On sale through midnight CST on October 21st. 


Spend Yourself Shirts
We added this because several of you have asked lately if we are still selling these shirts. They are available any time and the details are below. 

Option #1: Football T-Shirt in True Green/White (with dark green and white lettering)
$30 each, plus shipping
Sizes: S to XXL
This shirt is like BUTTER, it's so SOFT! 

These are unisex, so great for guys and gals! They do fit a bit looser than the next shirt, but it's a nice fit. The guy pictured is wearing a Medium and the gal is wearing a Small (which is normal for both of them). 


Details: Alternative - Eco-Jersey Football T-Shirt, 50/38/12 polyester/cotton/rayon, 20 singles, 6.25% of the cotton is organic, and 6.25% of the polyester is recycled, Two contrast color stripes on each sleeve, Self-bound crew neck collar, Blind stitched bottom

Option #2: Burnout Baseball Tee in Heather/Navy (with navy lettering)
$35 each, plus shipping
Sizes: XS to XL
This burnout look is so beautiful!

These are unisex, so great for guys and gals! They are more fitted than the previous shirt. The guy pictured is wearing a Medium and the gal is wearing a Small (which is normal for both of them). 

Details: Burnout Big League Baseball T-Shirt, A classic tee made better with burnout body and contrasting solid sleeves, 50/50 cotton/polyester, 30 singles, Garment dyed and washed



TO ORDER: Please send us an email to ucherek1 AT hotmail DOT com with quantity, color, shipping address, and email address for a paypal invoice. You will be sent a paypal invoice once items are shipped so that we can include shipping costs (from Kentucky).


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DRAWING!!! Early Christmas shopping with a purpose!

9/8/14 Update: We just posted a few hours ago that we were $2,000 short of our need... I headed out to a baby shower for a dear friend... a beautiful night of fellowship before her princess arrives, and as we wrapped up the night I get a text from Dan that I NEED to cheek my email, asap... after a moment of panic, I apologized to the table of ladies as I was in tears! We are blown away by the provision of God, our Father, and the obedience of those who say yes when He calls them to! 

Friends - our need for a vehicle has been MET! In full! Just as Jesus paid the full penalty of our sins, He continues to meet every need, even though we deserve none of it. And we praise Him for His provision! 

I haven't been able to quit singing this song since I received Dan's text - 



In light of this, we are 'shutting off' the raffle and drawing the winners NOW! :) 

{drum roll please}

Winner #1 for the $100 Noonday Gift Card: Mark and JaNae Steidinger

Winner #2 for the $100 DoTerra Gift Card: Jon Baner

Winner #3 for the $300 Gift Card of Choice: Mark and JaNae Steidinger

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Friends we are so blown away by the generosity we've received towards helping our family purchase a larger vehicle. We are scrimping every penny we can and are just under $3,000 from what we need to be able to have a vehicle to fit our family. To say that I'm excited is a complete understatement! While we know that a vehicle is a luxury, it is also a necessity for our ministry! 

SO, to kick off your Christmas shopping, how about one of these FABULOUS gift cards?!?!?! 


Tickets are $10 per entry and 3 winners will be drawn - 


1 winner will win a $100 gift card to Noonday. Noonday is not only selling some of the most gorgeous accessories I've ever seen, but they are providing women all over the world with an opportunity to have a business, raise their families, and end the cycle of poverty in their families. Check out our friend Leigh's page here.



1 winner will win a $100 gift card to doTerra Essential Oils. These EO's are naturally safe, purely effective, and guaranteed. Check out our friend Ashley's page here.



AND 1 winner will win a $300 gift card OF CHOICE!!! That's right, ANY.WHERE.YOU.WANT. How's that for a start to Christmas shopping... or paying off some pestering debt?!?!? 


To get entered into this drawing, use the paypal button below. It's that easy! And all funds go towards helping us purchase a larger vehicle for our growing family. 




Drawing Entries

***We've been asked for the option to get a tax-deduction for your donation. You can do this by giving through Orphan Outreach, all information is on this page. PLEASE let us know that you want your funds to go towards being entered into this drawing. This step is VERY important! 


Winners will be drawn on Tuesday, September 16th at 9pm CST!!! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Greater things!


Greater things!

Although the video (above) is not the best quality, we couldn't help but share it with you. It was very moving worshipping alongside these students at the Ravine School, a school serving children whose parents work in the city garbage dump. The lyrics in English translate to, "Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city...". This is our heart and our prayer for these children, that they would change their city, their generation, and their nation all for the glory of Jesus Christ! 
Since our last update so many incredible things have happened within our ministry that it's hard to update through an email! 
Some highlights:
-A visit from Pastor Andy and Stan Blunier from PBC.
-Christi was able to help lead/travel with a mission team in July for 1 week.
-Dan serving with, connecting with, and being encouraged by many mission teams.
-Hired 2 additional teachers at the Ravine School.
-Lots of visitors - very encouraging! 
-Additional involvement at the Down Syndrome School.
-Additional opportunities to share Jesus with the families working in the garbage dump.
-Teams sharing the truth with and encouraging the people we serve (children, teachers, and caregivers).
-Lots of progress on carpentry projects and improvements at ministry sites.
-New houses built for families in Santiago.
-Pastoral training in Santiago.

Prayer Requests: 
-Hosting a conference this Saturday to encourage Guatemalan churches to get involved in caring for orphans.
-Transition plans at My Special Treasure and Little House of Refuge.
-Planning for the upcoming school year.
-We are praying to be able to start a nutritional breakfast program at The Ravine School.
-The additional opportunities the Lord has provided to connect with and minister to the families of the children at the Ravine School.
-Christian mentors for the children at Little House of Refuge.
-Christi & baby's health during pregnancy.
-Malakai as he prepares to start Kindergarten in January and expands his Spanish skills.
-Additional funding for and being able to find a larger vehicle for our family.
-Safety.

We are so grateful for each of you!
Dan & Christi Ucherek

*don't miss the photos below!
Christi spending time with & encouraging one of the directors atLittle House of Refuge orphanage.
Our home church being recognized for the 150 Bibles they donated!
Dan spending time with a little boy he mentors at Little House of Refuge.
Ministering to a new little girl in one of the homes that has been struggling with her transition.
Malakai having a blast at the zoo!
Just a little sticker time for Finley! 
Dan serving with a mission team at theDown Syndrome School
A family living in extreme poverty and working in the garbage dump that we are ministering to.
Getting to know some new friends at an orphanage that Orphan Outreach is considering partnering with. 
One of our friends at Little House of Refuge.
The girls at My Special Treasure LOVE our kiddos!
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

As I held you pt. 2

Remember this post I wrote about this sweet girl...


We were blessed that Dan was able to get a significant amount of time with her over the past week and it is so evident the work that Jesus is doing in her heart just 2 short months later. Does she still endure pain? Of course. The scars run deep. But today, we are choosing to praise Jesus for the way He is working in her heart and the way she is thriving in the place she now calls home (My Special Treasure)... 



Monday, July 28, 2014

a {quick} update

We just wanted to post a quick update that thanks to some amazingly generous friends and churches, we have crossed the 70% mark of what we need to get a larger vehicle for our family! Praise GOD!

Keep praying friends!