Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!

He is Risen! 

Happy Resurrection Day from our family to yours! 

Thank you for partnering with us and allowing us to be a part of what God is doing in Guatemala. May we focus on the sacrifice God made in sending His Son for us and the gift of eternal life we have because Jesus conquered the grave! 

With love, 
The Ucherek's 
(Dan, Christi, Titus 2 yr, Finley 3 yr, Malakai 5 yr, Isaías 4 mo)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Update from sunny Guatemala!

The Uchereks - Missionaries In Guatemala from Vale Church on Vimeo.

Friends and Family,
We are writing you from warm, sunny Guatemala and can't believe that it's already March! We hope that you'll take a couple minutes to check out the video above that one of our church partners, Vale Church made while we were back in Illinois for a freezing, cold Christmas!
It's been a couple months since you've heard from us so we will do our best to briefly catch you up on all that the Lord has been doing in Guatemala! 
Our 3 weeks in Illinois were fantastic! Our family was able to meet our new son, we got to spend time catching up with friends and family in the area, and were able to get face time with several church partners. We are so grateful that the Lord provided for us to be back! Thank you for your support! 
We returned back from a quick trip to IL the 2nd week of January and hit the ground running. Our first priority upon returning was the privilege of interviewing every child that we serve in all 6 of Orphan Outreach's programs here as well as distributing school supplies to each of them to start their 2015 school year. We do these interviews to provide information to sponsors back in the states, seek to find more sponsors, and learn how we can further minister to each child and family. The time we were able to spend one-on-one with each child was truly priceless! If you are interested in sponsoring a child through OO, click here.

Mission trips are in full swing and we have trips booked for every month this year. Dan had the opportunity to travel with a team in February to serve and translate and is traveling with 2 in March as well as a few this summer. We are working with churches to finalize their trip plans, figure out how they can best serve the caregivers and teachers who are ministering to children and families each day, and it is incredible to see how the Lord uses the people He sends to serve alongside us. 
We have also been working hard on furthering the education for the children in the schools we serve in. Each school is either for children with special needs, children living in extreme poverty, or both. Being able to be a small part of providing an education for these kids is a huge blessing as we know it will provide a way out and help to end the cycle of generational poverty that many of them are living in. 
Dan is excited to be facilitating a partnership with a stove ministry where we will be blessing 30 families in Chimaltenango and several in Santiago with stoves in their homes. This helps to reduce costs in their homes, gives them more time with their children, more time to work (by reducing the amount of time they spend walking to gather fire wood), as well as reduces the risk of burns and respiratory issues. Each time we have the opportunity to install a stove for a family, we more importantly have the opportunity to share Jesus with them. We are thrilled for these open doors! 
Training Opportunity! Dan has the opportunity to travel to Nashville at the end of April for the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit as well as a 2-day training for international workers. Would you please join us in prayer that the Lord provides the funds for this incredible training that would really be beneficial to our ministry? 
Thank you so much for your continued partnership!
On the homefront
Malakai started school shortly after we returned from Illinois and is attending a bi-lingual, Christian school close to our home. He is learning a lot, his social skills are developing, and his Spanish is rapidly progressing. 
Finley will turn 3 this week and is the little mama of the house often keeping her brothers in line! 
Titus was recently evaluated and we discovered that he does not, praise God, have any hearing loss! We found a speech therapist and a generous friend has provided the funding for Titus to receive speech therapy for the next few months. The therapist has only been here once and we are already seeing progress with the tips she gave us to work on each day. What a blessing! 
Isaías is a joyful little guy who is growing like crazy! At his 3 month checkup, the doc said he was off the charts and is more like the size of a 6 month old. These may be Guatemalan standards, but he is a tall little guy indeed. We can't imagine our lives without him! 
We love you all and are humbled by your support! 
Dan & Christi Ucherek

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Isaías Daniel

Today we had the privilege of dedicating our sweet Isaías Daniel to the Lord in our church here in Guatemala. A friend recorded it for us so we thought we'd share! :)


Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

As we reflect on 2014, we stand in awe of our Savior and all that He has done in our family and ministry! While the world views success in terms of numbers and projects completed, we focus on relationships, lives transformed, and opportunities to share the message of Salvation. The days are long and the need is great but we put our trust in Jesus and fix our eyes on Him alone! 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for praying for our family and partnering with us in ministry. Knowing that people back 'home' are praying for us truly holds us up when we feel overwhelmed. We truly could not be serving in Guatemala without each of you and for that we are forever grateful! 

In Christ, 

Dan & Christi Ucherek

Malakai Aweke, age 5

Finley Eden, age 2

Titus Charles Ibsa, age 2

Isaías Daniel, age 1 month

Friday, December 5, 2014

ILLINOIS: Family Worship Night & Ucherek Family Meet & Greet

Family Worship Night & Ucherek Family Meet/Greet

Illinois Friends - Our trip back to Illinois will be very short and while we would love to meet with each of you, we know that it will not be possible this time. So, we wanted to create an opportunity to visit while we are back! 

January 4, 2015 at Pontiac Bible Church 
5:30pm Concert & Sharing featuring Dan Ucherek and the PBC Worship Team
7:00 Ice Cream Fellowship Time

*Guatemalan coffee and authentic market items will be for sale! 
**An offering will be taken to support the work of the Ucherek Family serving in Guatemala!
We hope to see you all and spend some time catching up! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2 weeks old!

Oh this sweet boy... he's such a blessing! There are definitely a lot of adjustments happening in this house, but we are choosing to focus on the BLESSING a new sibling/child is to all. Here are a couple photos just for fun! :)

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!