Saturday, September 2, 2017

Blessed and Humbled!

September 2017 Update

It seems that months go by between our email updates and many times we aren't even sure where to begin. Our hearts are to keep you all updated as much as we can, but as you know, time just slips by and in the ministry we are a part of, there are always urgent matters pulling our attention elsewhere. We pray that you all understand and thank you for being gracious with us!

We are humbled... we are coming to you asking you for prayer, once again. We know that the Lord calls us to bear each others burdens and to come to fellow believers when in need of prayer and we feel convicted to do so. It doesn't come easily and quite honestly, we don't want to share this. However, we have to! An extremely dear partner to us contacted us this week to inform us that the Lord has called them to shift their international giving to local ministry for now.  We know that they are walking in obedience for their body of believers in making this decision. In doing so, we know that the Lord will provide for the deficit this leaves our family with. We are asking you to pray that the Lord would send us new partners, whether churches or individuals to fill this large gap... like only God can do. As most of you know, we live completely off donations so this can be really scary for us at times! Thank you, in advance, for bringing this to our Jehovah Jireh!

Updates from Guatemala: 
-We have been gearing up for the Christian Alliance for Orphans (Latin America) conference happening this coming weekend. We have been blessed with the opportunity to share what the Lord is doing and invite many local churches here, which has been amazing! We are praying for God to move in the hearts of believers in Guatemala to head the call to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We are also seeing more interest in adoption and have the opportunity to help equip and walk this journey with many families! Praise Jesus! (below is a photo of the conference last year)
-We ask for prayer for all of the children in our programs as we head into the final weeks of the school year. Please pray for endurance and focus for each of them. Many of the children we serve had little to no support at home so the results of their school year impact their parents decisions for the next year.
-Praise God for a summer full of impact! With the blessing of the groups that came to serve alongside us and their willing hearts, we were able to accomplish many things at the orphanages, schools, and community center. Just a few of these highlights were: a new therapy/sensory room for children preparing to be adopted into loving families, a family visiting room for these families to get to know their new children, gardening beds to improve nutrition and provide an income stream for families working in the garbage dump, efficient stoves and water filters, sharing the Gospel in public schools that opened their doors to us, and the list goes on! God is so gracious and good! 

-Having people we know come and serve with us has been one of the biggest sources of encouragement for our family! This summer Christ Community Church from Gridley, IL (one of our faithful supporters and dear friends) came to serve with us and it was an amazing week where we saw God move mountains. We are also looking forward to Pontiac Bible Church coming in December to celebrate Christmas with all of the children and families that we serve! 

-As the ministry of Orphan Outreach has grown over the last several years, we have had the opportunity to grow in many ways. The past two years Dan has been overseeing the community program in Chimaltenango. Now that he has trained up the local staff to run this program day-to-day, we can now shift some of our time to some other areas that we feel God calling us to. One of these being the spiritual development of the children in the orphanages where we serve. We are thrilled for this new challenge and love that we can spend more time on discipleship! 

-We are also excited for a training opportunity that has been presented to us for next May. We would have the opportunity to receive training and certification through Back2Back ministries in Trauma Competent Care. This is crucial for our staff and caregivers here and would give us the opportunity to help them learn new skills in this area as well. We pray that we are able to attend!

We pray that you and yours continue walking with the Lord and see His hand in your lives. May you continue to serve Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Thank you for loving us so well. We miss you all greatly and can't wait to hug you again, hopefully soon!

In Christ,
Dan & Christi

If you feel led to support our family financially, you can do so 

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 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 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