Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When Passion Becomes a Calling

"Do not expect to walk into a new place and be automatically accepted into the culture and people's homes. Relationships and trust are built and earned over time."

Five years. That's how long we've been here. In some ways it seems like we just packed our bags yet sometimes it feels like a lifetime ago. We've learned a lot. We've grown a lot. We've failed a lot. If there's anything we are sure of, it's that the Steadfast Love of our Heavenly Father has been made more and more real to us each day we are here.

We would love for you to read this article just published about our family -

We don't forget for a moment that the same God that called us to live here is the same God that has used each of YOU to pray, to support, to encourage, to give, and to love our family. We are humbled and grateful!!! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Coffee Fundraiser (Medical Expenses)

Hey everyone - 
Thank you all so much for your response to pray for the situation with our medical insurance on behalf of Titus. We greatly appreciate so many praying on our behalf. After spending hours on the phone trying to get it straighten out, I called Dan to update him and we both knew that we needed to call on our prayer warriors during this time! 

We are going to do a coffee fundraiser to help with medical expenses as well. The same, amazing, organic, fair-grade, Guatemalan coffee that we've sold many times. It's amazing and everyone loves it! 

Here are the options: -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) - Sold Out (for now, but there may be more available next week)-Walnut Fudge (ground or whole bean) - limited quantities -Southern Pecan (ground or whole bean) - limited quantities 
Bags are 16 OUNCES and $18 each plus shipping.
To order: Send us an email (ucherek1 AT hotmail.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 April 5th.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Medical Update

Please pray! 

Friends and family,
We are writing today asking for prayer. As you know, we had Titus at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital in November. Prior to that time, we had been approved by insurance that they would cover 80% of his medical bills, we also received 75% financial aid from the hospital, and you all had graciously given to help cover the rest of his bills. As you know, these things take time to go through all these channels. Well, that time has come and we are very overwhelmed that the insurance is not holding to their word. The situation has been escalated to a supervisor and we are waiting on a call back. As you can imagine, we are stressed and overwhelmed by this. Living outside the US means that insurance companies do not have the same laws as insurance companies in the US. We know that God led us to these doctors, we know that Titus needs this medical care, and that in just a few short days with them in November, they uncovered more than any other doctor has in the 3+ years that Titus has been in our family. Since this time, they have also uncovered some chromosomal abnormalities so Titus is scheduled to see a pediatric geneticist along with this peds and neurologist the week of April 10th. I, Christi, will be taking him back for 1 week to get all of these appointments in and learn as much as we can from the geneticist as well. Getting this bill yesterday know that we are facing more bills in 2 weeks is extremely overwhelming. While we try to keep our children's medical information fairly private to protect them, we know that we need to call on you all to pray. Pray for favor with the insurance company. Pray for peace in our hearts. Pray for rest as this weighs on us. We trust the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and put this all in His hands!

We love you all!
Dan & Christi

PS - we are raffling off a beautiful sign on Facebook as well as selling coffee to help with medical bills if anyone is interested! Just shoot us an email and we'll get you the info you need! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Live for today!

Sssoooo excited! We are working out the details for a coffee fundraiser (you ask, we deliver) and in the meantime the AMAZING Philosophy Designs whipped up this sign for us to raffle off! WOW! Isn't it gorgeous!

1 wide plank, measures 19"W x 7"H, valued at $50!!

How it works?

$5 per entry, send to ucherek1 AT hotmail.com via PayPal and shoot us a note.

Winner will be drawn Friday, March 31st at 9pm Mountain Time.

ALL funds go towards medical expenses for our son. He is seeing the dev Peds and neurologist he saw before as well as a pediatric geneticist.

*we would love to send some traffic to Hilary Helms at Philosophy Designs! Be sure to like her page and check out her amazing work!

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


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!