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)!

Monday, June 16, 2014

AMAZING weekend of celebration!

We had the privilege of not only celebrating Father's Day this past weekend, but also celebrating Family Day for Malakai Aweke, who was welcomed into our family 3 years ago yesterday!

We took daddy out to dinner! It's true that the way to this man's heart is through his stomach! :) 

Watched a little soccer... 

And celebrated this big boy! 

Amazing indeed! 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer is upon us!

Friends and Family,

We just wanted to send out a quick update to share how ministry is going here in Guatemala. We are in full-swing with summer mission teams and are so blessed by their generosity, servant-hearts, and willingness to love and invest in those we serve at each ministry site. This summer is going to be super busy so please pray for balance and peace for our family! 
In addition, we are praying that the Lord would provide the funds for us to get a larger vehicle as we anticipate the arrival of our 4th child mid-November. Please join us in prayer that He would make a way for this. If you are interested in supporting us financially or helping us get a larger vehicle, click here (and indicate how you would like your gift to be designated). 
We love to hear from each of you so please keep in touch and share your prayer requests with us as well. 

In Christ,
Dan & Christi Ucherek

Some Highlights from May: 
-Transitional care planning
-Visits from Dan's mom & Mike and Christie Todd
-PBC donated 150 Bibles to The Ravine School
-Sharing Christ at the garbage dump
-Progress with Guatemalan Alliance for Orphans
-Mission Teams
-Relationship Building
-Our 10th anniversary
-Skills training at My Special Treasure
-Titus turned 2

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What to expect...

We sent out our last update the beginning of March and in case you missed it, you can view it here.

Since our last update, we're thrilled to report that we've focused on ministry with Orphan Outreach at the 5 ministry sites. While it's hard to update through a newsletter all that has happened in that short period of time, we'll do our best and feel free to ask any questions you may have! 

The Ravine School - we've been planning construction projects, ministering to the children, and evaluating and planning at The Ravine School in Chimaltenango. There are several children with learning disabilities and significant delays since for most of them, this is their first time attending school. Please pray for wisdom as we seek out additional, specialized teachers to assist them and plan curriculum for the following school year.

We also have the amazing opportunity to share Christ with the families of these children, who work in the Ravine (garbage dump).

My Special Treasure - we are blessed every time we spend time with the girls and caregivers at My Special Treasure. Building relationships and trust with them has come a long way and we are thankful for their willingness to allow us to serve them. We took the girls to a dental clinic, have been evaluating their progress with their psychologist as well as setting up occupational training for the girls that have completed school in order to make a transitional plan for them over the coming years.

Good Shepherd Academy - we recently had a team of pastors here that provided pastoral training to 15 pastors serving in and around Good Shepherd Academy. We are also planning for teams coming this summer that will be building houses for families in need in the village of Cerro de Oro. 
Guatemalan Association of Down Syndrome - what a blessing it is to be small part of this school where the children are receiving specialized care. Please pray that the Lord would provide for the transportation vehicle they are in need of. 

Little House of Refuge - Dan was able to travel to Little House to spend time with the children and staff as well as do planning for upcoming teams. 

Iglesia Galilea - We are so blessed to be plugged into a flourishing body of believers at our church here in Guatemala. We just attended a baptism of 13 people recently! Praise God! 

NOW for the part you've all been wondering about from the subject of the email... 

Please pray for Christi's health as well as the health of the baby who is expected to arrive mid-November. Please pray for peace as this is the first time having a child overseas. Also, join us in prayer that the Lord would provide for a larger vehicle for our family as it has now become a necessity! 

In His Service, 
Dan & Christi