Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eleven cinder blocks

Dan has been planning and overseeing this amazing stove installation project over the last several months. We, Orphan Outreach, have partnered with a local ministry to provide stoves for the families that work in the garbage dump where we minister. A sweet friend that was able to be a part of installing some of these stoves wrote this amazing blog posting on the project. She truly has a way with words!

Check it out here!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

pray with us...

We are still looking for additional monthly sponsors... please join us in prayer! No amount is too small, honestly!

CLICK HERE for more info. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Medical procedure

Friends -
Please join us in prayer! Titus is in need of surgery and we are praying that the Lord would provide the $1000 that is needed for this surgery to happen as soon as possible!

We appreciate you praying for our sweet boy!

Dan & Christi

Friday, May 29, 2015

They're BAACCCKKK!!!

Do you all remember the gorgeous shirts we sold a while back? Well, our friend that makes them for us recently let us know there are several new colors available!

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). For sale through June 12th.

**All proceeds go towards helping our family serve orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala! Side note: We are still praying for monthly supporters too, please pray with us! 

These are THE softest shirts... seriously, I'm pretty sure our friend told us about the additional colors because every photo she sees of Dan, he is wearing his! :) SO comfy!

INFANTS: 6 mo, 12 mo, 18 mo, and 24 mo - $24 plus shipping
Color Options include vintage heather, vintage smoke, vintage red, vintage royal, vintage hot pink, and vintage navy.

vintage heather

vintage smoke

vintage red

vintage royal 

vintage hot pink

vintage navy

TODDLERS: 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5/6T - $24 plus shipping
Color Options include vintage heather, vintage hot pink, vintage navy, vintage red, vintage royal, and vintage smoke.

vintage heather

vintage hot pink

vintage navy

vintage red

vintage royal

vintage smoke

YOUTH: XS (2/4), S(6/8), M (10.12), L (14/16) - $24 plus shipping
Color options include Vintage Heather, Vintage Hot Pink, Vintage Navy, Vintage Red, Vintage Royal, and Vintage Smoke (same as toddler options above)

ADULT: S - XXL - $30 plus shipping 

(PLEASE NOTE: vintage blue is only available in M, L, and XXL)

Color options include Eco Grey/ Eco True Navy Stripes, Eco Ivory/ Eco True Vintage Black stripes, Eco Pacific Blue/ Eco Ivory Stripes, Eco True Green/ Eco Ivory Stripes, Eco True Red/ Eco Ivory Stripes

Eco Grey/ Eco True Navy Stripes

Eco Ivory/ Eco True Vintage Black stripes

Eco Pacific Blue/ Eco Ivory Stripes

Eco True Green/ Eco Ivory Stripes

Eco True Red/ Eco Ivory Stripes

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! :)