Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

It had been 3 weeks since we had been home with Malakai Aweke when I thought I had the flu... 3 days into the flu Dan tells me that I MIGHT want to take a pregnancy test! ;)

Well, what came as a surprise to us has been one of THE biggest blessings in our life. As we were scared to welcome another child into our family so quickly, we prayed that the Lord would use Finley to help Malakai trust us more, that as he saw us care for her, that he would find security in that!

And WOW, did the Lord answer that prayer more than words can describe!

Our kiddos are truly the best friends, they can't wait to see each other each morning, and truly look out for each other!

Happy 2nd Birthday Finley Eden! You are a blessing, pure joy with a little sass mixed in, you are so cuddly, you show love in a BIG way, and you are already excited about Jesus! We love you sweet girl and while we don't want you to grow up too fast, we are SO excited to see how the Lord uses you for HIS glory!

Friday, March 7, 2014


1 Timothy 1:14 
Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. 

We are so grateful for the donor who made it possible for Dan and I to be able to do an intensive, full-time language training for all of January and February. Our language has progressed by leaps and bounds and we feel equipped with the tools we need to be completely bi-lingual. While it will not be on a full-time basis, we will continue language training as long as necessary.

During those 2 months we were blessed with an apartment (owned by another missionary family) within walking distance of our school. Our children loved every minute, enjoyed the beautiful weather, and the huge yard on the property. We are grateful for every second of our time in that apartment, at the language school, and with the seasoned missionaries.

It was also wonderful to be able to have some time outside of language school with mission teams, the Guatemalan staff, as well as the Orphan Outreach staff in Texas. They are all such a blessing to the children we serve as well as our family. We praise God for how He knit together this amazing team of believers to accomplish His purposes and spread the name of Jesus throughout Guatemala. 

The Ravine School in Chimaltenango, Guatemala (ministers to children of those working in the garbage dump)

The 1st of March we headed out to our new apartment in a town right outside of Guatemala City. We are settled in now, our children are enjoying the new place, and we are now focused full-time on serving with Orphan Outreach. Dan left today to travel for a week to some of the project sites with a team doing construction planning for the coming year. The Lord continues to bless the projects and we're excited that there are many things in store for 2014. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page this week as Dan gets to spend time with the children and staff we are blessed to work with. 

On the home front: 
We are grateful for the leadership of Orphan Outreach and how they understand that we have 3 small children and allow Christi to adjust her schedule accordingly. This is truly an answer to prayer! 

Malakai is 4 1/2 now, is over half-way through his Kindergarten curriculum (at home), and is learning Spanish at a rapid rate. We are so proud of his improvements in behavior, his heart to serve others, and his willingness to teach his brother and sister everything he knows! 

Finley will be 2 years old on the 13th of this month... we don't know where the time went. She is running after her big brother, talking (in English and Spanish) more and more every day, and has her daddy wrapped around her little finger (what little girl doesn't?) :)

Titus is 22 months old and has changed so much over the last 5 months that he has been in our family. We are truly seeing his personality more and more each day. He is smiling so much more than he used to and he adores his brother and sister. While he still has significant delays, the progress he has made in 5 months is incredible and we are hopeful for his future. 

A recent trip to the Guatemala City Zoo
We continue to pray for each of you as a family and are committed to do so. Please let us know of any specific prayer requests. 

Please continue to pray for our family. We greatly appreciate it. AND if the Lord ever lays it on your heart, we'd love to have you come serve with us! 

Love in Christ, 
Dan & Christi Ucherek

Friday, February 21, 2014

changing generations.

"You now see life beyond the dust and smoke. You see a future expands like the sky. Your hope is greater than the trucks. Your children will redefine a generation in your town." - Ronne Rock

Read the rest of this post HERE. Ronne has a way with words and The Ravine School is a place where generations are being changed, the Gospel is boldly preached, and lives are being transformed!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ways to Advocate!

Love this post by Lifesong for Orphans with ways each of us can advocate for the fatherless...

Friday, February 7, 2014

First month back!

Our first month back in Guatemala has been an amazing time to re-connect with this beautiful country, visit some old friends, start getting familiar with the inner-workings of Orphan Outreach, and time to do intense full-time language school! It has been amazing to see God working in and through us this past month and we are so excited for the same in the month of February! It has been amazing the opportunities that God has given us even while in language school to reach out to the hurting around us(even our teachers) and be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them! 

Here are a few pics of the language school, classrooms, teachers, and surrounding area! 

We thank you so much for your support and encouragement through this time! We are very excited for the next month and beyond as we continue our ministry here in Guatemala! 

In Christ,
Dan & Christi

Please keep us informed on how we can continually be in prayer for your family! 

A few prayer requests for our family
-Continued language acquisition.
-Additional opportunities to share Christ with the lost and hurting. 
-Financial provision for an unexpected medical bill we received for Titus. 
-Transition to a different, more permanent, apartment at the end of February. 
-As we continue to learn the ropes and transition into our role with Orphan Outreach. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

*****We All Need Jesus- ALBUM RELEASE*****


Check out the new album from The Beautiful Gate that releases TODAY on iTunes! 
CLICK HERE to order and download the album from iTunes!


If you would like a PHYSICAL COPY of the CD click the button below and it will be shipped directly to you!

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Thanks to a generous donor who made all this possible, all proceeds from this album will go to help vulnerable children around the world through the ministry of Orphan Outreach

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So the world will see that we all need Jesus,
Dan Ucherek
The Beautiful Gate

Thursday, January 2, 2014

We made it!

We made it! 

Thank you for all of your prayers! We made it to Guatemala and are getting settled in. We continue our language training at an accredited school starting Monday and can't wait to dive in! It has truly been amazing how the Lord has put together all of the pieces, connected us with other like-minded people, and provided everything we need. He indeed is sufficient for ALL of our needs! 

Please pray for our transition, the transition of our children, and for ministry opportunities in the coming weeks. 

We appreciate all of you so much and thank the Lord for blessing us with your friendship! 

Dan & Christi