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


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.

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!

Monday, June 30, 2014

As I held you...

As I held you in my arms, I could feel your pain...
As the tears streamed down your face, I couldn't help but think of my sons who were in a similar place...
As you told me your mom has not visited you in the orphanage, I fought back the tears...
As you shared how you missed her, I couldn't be angry at her...
As you asked me WHY, the tears started to flow...

And the only words I could mutter were that Jesus cares...
That regardless of your circumstances, Jesus loves you...
The HE paid the price of ALL sin... ALL suffering... and that Jesus knows your pain...

When I asked you if you wanted to pray sweet girl, you looked up at me with those beautiful brown eyes... grabbed tight to my arm... and nodded ever so softly...

As we muttered the words of a 5-year old prayer... I couldn't help but wonder HOW you could process all that you've been through... we cried out to Jesus together... hand-in-hand... knowing HE can meet your needs.

Jesus meet this sweet girl exactly where she is. Comfort her. Heal her. Draw her to Yourself. Help her to understand that she IS loved. Help her to feel secure that she is surrounded by 'sisters' and caregivers who would do anything for her. Jesus may Your will be done in her life. May she serve You all the days of her life. And may You use this pain and suffering for Your glory. Amen.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When Songs Save Lives

I just have to brag on my hubby for a moment... he's featured today on the Orphan Outreach blog sharing about his heart for the orphan as well as The Beautiful Gate CD. This article has the CUTEST photos of my hubby and shares his heart so well! Love you babe and all that you stand for! 

Check out the full article HERE

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

THEY'RE BACK... with a few surprises!

For my 29th birthday, we sold THESE bags and you all LOVED them! Many have been asking for them again, so here they are... back by popular demand... with a few extra surprises too! I am SO excited about these and hope you are too!

Not only are these a great way to advocate and share Christ by opening the door for conversations with others while you wear them, but they are helping our family serve in Guatemala as well! All proceeds will go towards a larger vehicle for our family since we are expecting a baby in November and we will no longer fit in ours. While we know that a vehicle is a luxury, it is also a necessity for our ministry! 

Spend Yourself Bags

Option #1: The original (black/red)
$35 each, plus shipping

Option #2: Brown with pink
$35 each, plus shipping

Option #3: Olive with black
$35 each, plus shipping

*These bags are a pre-order. Bags will need to be shipped back from Guatemala and will then be mailed out from Kentucky at the beginning of August. You will be sent a paypal invoice once items are shipped so that we can include shipping in your total. 

**Dimensions: 11.5 long and 11.5 wide with a 2 inch depth or thickness. The entire strap is 38 inches long. The front 'flap' has a velcro closure and there is a zipper at the top of the bag as well with black lining on the inside. 

Spend Yourself Shirts

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). 

a closer look

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

A couple more pics of the newlyweds! :) Thanks so much Korey and Makayla!

*If you would like to purchase a bag or shirt, 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).

The bags are ONLY for sale through July 9th! 

**Bags AND shirts will be mailed from Kentucky at the beginning of August.

***Items will be combined for shipping.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A FREE BAG AND SHIRT??? Each time you share on fb, blog, twitter, or IG between now and the end of June, you'll be entered to win! Just shoot us an email or a FB message letting us know you've shared! One entry per social media outlet, per day (that means you can get 4 entries per day)!