Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Feliz cumple Tia Lilly!

We have the privilege of serving alongside this amazing woman of God that has been working in children's homes for several years. After working in another home, she started her own, focused on caring for teenage mothers and their children. This place is more like a home than any other children's home I have ever seen!

Today we got to surprise Tia Lilly, along with all the children and staff, for her birthday. She works around the clock, has loved countless children as her own, and deserves the world.

Here's a little glimpse into the celebration today! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

COFFEE... coffee... coffee!

Once again, we have partnered with Leiva's coffee to offer you AMAZING, fair-trade, Guatemalan coffee. Leiva's is an incredible ministry that is not only paying their workers a fair wage, but they are also ministering to their families and much, much more.

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

-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)
-Dolce Amaretto (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 now through October 14th. 

Looking ahead...

Friends and Family,
We can't believe it is already October! 2015 has flown by! We wanted to give you a glimpse into what the next few months look like for us before they are gone and we realize we haven't updated you all.

We have 2 mission teams this month - a medical trip and a vision trip that we are preparing for. We are wrapping up the school years in the next 2 weeks at the schools we serve at, which also means our oldest son, Malakai, will finish Kindergarten. We are busy having vision and planning meetings for 2016 and beyond with ministry sites and mission teams. Christi and 2 of our children are taking a quick trip to Texas and Illinois in November for some medical evaluations*. Dan's mom and sister are visiting in December. We have a team in December that celebrates Christmas with each ministry site and blesses them with a gift for each child as well as spends some time reflecting on all that the Lord has done for us over the last year. We are in the thick of sponsorship 'stuff' which includes interviews, letter writing, updates, and more. And a host of other items that are in the works.

As you can see, ministry here is extremely busy but extremely important, humbling, and a blessing to be a part of. We thank you for your continued prayers and partnership and all that you do for our family.

In Christ,
Dan & Christi

PS - we hope you enjoy the photos below of a few of the precious people we get to serve.

*The nature of the trip to the states for Christi and 2 of our children is medical-related. They will be in Dallas for 2 days and then on to Chicagoland. It is a very short trip and while Christi will be doing some ministry-related meetings and visits, we need to focus this time on the appointments. Therefore, this year it will not be possible for us to meet with all of the churches that support us. We are praying though, Lord wiling, that we would be able to have an actual furlough as a family in late 2016. You will see a few fundraisers from us in the coming weeks on social media to help with the remaining trip costs as well as year-end items like health insurance and school.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Shout Your Adoption

We can't imagine life without any of our children, bio or adopted. They can't imagine life without each other either! The way God knits together families is beautiful and something only HE could do! That's why we are participating in ‪#‎shoutyouradoption‬ because we are so thankful that their birth mothers chose LIFE!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

the heart of our ministry

This is a great video showing the heart of our ministry as we serve with Orphan Outreach! Please take the time to watch this amazing video! Thank you Mike Douris for your heart for these kids around the world and for your amazing vision and leadership for OO!

Our Mission from Orphan Outreach on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hearts Amazed!

Friends and Family,
We greet you today with hearts amazed at what the Lord can do to redeem hearts and lives! 
We have just finished up our summer season here, which means that the quantity and frequency of mission teams that we will host will be much less for the next few months. We’ve had the privilege to serve alongside, lead, share our hearts, encourage, and challenge many people that the Lord called to serve alongside us these past few months. While the traveling was tiring, the hours exhausting, and we were many times apart, the Lord is good and is at work! 
Some highlights over the last few months include: 
-Hosting our home church, Pontiac Bible Church 
-The baptism of 9 girls from Hope and Future Orphanage
-Having the privilege of being the sponsors for 2 of the girls that were baptized
-Sharing Christ in the homes of many impoverished families
-Sharing the Gospel with children who had never heard of Jesus
-Installation of around 30 stoves in Chimaltenango, which is life changing for these families
-Many opportunities to disciple, including VBS with several teams
-Christi completing a course in Montessori education
-Mike & Christie Todd (close friends) visited in May
-Christi’s parents visited in July
As you can see, life is moving at lightning speed and it is so obvious that the Lord is in control. None of these things, along with many others, could have been accomplished without Him! We hope that you will continue to pray for and partner with our family. 
In Christ, 
Dan & Christi Ucherek (and the 4 small Ucherek crazies)

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Prayer Requests: 
-“R" and her baby who both recently returned back to family
-“M” and her baby, "J" and her baby, all who are new to Hope & Future and malnourished
-“G”, a young girl in a home we serve to be able to go to a loving, Christian family
-Balance in family life and ministry
-Malakai will be wrapping up Kindergarten late October
-Titus’ speech therapist is moving back to the states in December so we are searching for another person
-Titus and Finley will begin school in January 2 mornings per week
-Isaias to continue to be healthy and not get bronchitis again
-Protection from viruses that many have in the area right now

Monday, September 14, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday Malakai!

Our (not so little) little man turns 6 today! What a journey it has been... we just praise God for this sweet boy in our family.

Malakai had the blessing of celebrating his birthday last Friday at school with his classmates, complete with a beautiful cake from his teacher. This school continues to be a blessing to our whole family!

He was so excited to make masks for his friends out of some old t-shirts. Here they all are posing like Ninja Turtles :)

And this beautiful cake the grandmother of his teacher made... I was amazed! She's got skills.

We love you sweet boy! You are a blessing to everyone you know! We pray that the Lord continues to lead and guide your sweet, moldable heart.

And this little Ninja Turtle was pretty excited to join the celebration too! ;)