Thursday, March 15, 2018

Going deeper!

We are so excited about all that God is doing in our ministry. With the CCC staff having spent two years training with Dan, he was able to hand over the day-to-day of that program to very capable hands and shift his focus. Our hearts have always been to train up nationals so this was truly a joy to be able to do, knowing we are still very much involved in the lives of the children. 

We spent much of January and February developing and implementing a new spiritual development program at each ministry location focused on, you guessed it... going deeper! The program is based on the ABCs of God with each letter representing a different attribute of God. Due to the vast differences in each ministry site, Dan spent and continues to spend a great deal of time tweaking the curriculum for each specific population and preparing lessons that are relevant to them. 

It is such a joy to be able to have this time with each child discipling them and helping them walk more closely with the Lord. There really is no greater privilege.

This group of 4 brothers is in a unique situation at the orphanage they live at so Dan and our co-worker, Andre, are able to spend time with them each week in a discipleship program. They also have some interest in working with their hands so Dan has been able to incorporate some carpentry into their time as well. 

Many of you were able to see our photos and videos on social media of the Night to Shine event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, that we were blessed to be a part of. This event took a ton of planning, but God provided each step of the way. We were able to pull off the event for 80 young adults with various special needs, most of whom are part of our program at the Down Syndrome School we serve at. What a joy to spend this time with the kids, showing them and teaching them about how God sees each of them as kings and queens in His eyes. There wasn't a dry eye in the place! 

We have also been spending time on our sponsorship program where we get to be with each child at each ministry site individually. It's really incredible to watch them all grow, not just physically, but in their relationship with Jesus as well as how they are maturing. To see the fruits of your labor right in front of your eyes sharing with you their hopes and dreams for the future, when they previously had none, makes the hard days so worth it. 

On the homefront: 
Christi is having less pain each day and her physical therapy program is really helping her improve. Please keep praying for a full recovery. 

Malakai, Finley, and Titus are all in the same school this year which has been a blessing for the whole family. Their Spanish is incredible and they are learning more and more about what living their lives for Jesus looks like each day. Isaías is a content little 3-year old. He loves being with mama all the time! :) 

We will be traveling to the US mid-April thanks to the generosity of many. We will be in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas while we are there. We are excited to get the trauma training we've been hoping to get, visit our church partners, and of course get time with family. The kiddos are super excited! 

We thank you for who you are and for how you continue to walk this journey with us! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

spring TEES!

Looking for some SPRING tees?!?!?!?!!? 
We ask you to join us in prayer for an opportunity that we have to attend Trauma Competent Care training in Dallas this May. This is a training that is crucial to the work we do here! Each year we seek to understand deeper the hurt the children and families have experienced that we have the pleasure of serving. This training would take our ministry to them to the next level, help us as we mentor them spiritually, and allow us to pass this training on to others as well. Due to the short timing and expenses of travel, we are launching these GREAT tees thanks to Truth Ink Apparel!! 
Details? Here ya go! 
Sizes available S-3XL
Price $30 (2XL-3XL $32)
Option 1: Love Came Down, pink with GOLD!!!! Yes, its SHINY!!
Option 2: Chosen and Loved, navy with pink
Option 3: Chosen and Loved, navy with white (for our hunks)
Sales close January 29th at midnight. Shirts will be dropped in the mail 3ish weeks after the 29th (time for the vendor to produce after we submit the order) so this is a PRE-SALE. 
How to order? Email us at Must pay via PayPal before sale closes. 
We hope you love these as much as we do! OH, and they are buttery soft like the last tee we sold (gray with cross)!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Thank you!

Dear friends,
We are writing to express our gratitude for the way you all stepped up to help our family! We are blown away by all the prayers, notes of encouragement, Christmas gifts for our children, one time donations, and new monthly supporters. We know God has us here but to see you all being called by Him to be a part of our team brings us to our knees in worship and gratitude! We are forever grateful!

We are so close to our monthly need, but even though we aren’t exactly there, the Lord provided many one-time gifts to fill that gap for a few months! He is just so good to us, always providing miracle after miracle, even in our weakness and doubts!

Again, our words don’t seem enough, but thank you!!

Humbled to serve on the same team,
Dan & Christi 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Uchereks!

Merry Christmas to you! 

As we look back on 2017 and all that the Lord has brought us through, we are over-filled with joy. This past year brought many unknowns and some very scary times, but most of all it was a year of God showing us over and over His faithfulness and sovereignty! We just can't say enough how our Savior, who came in the form of a baby, born in an unexpected place, cares for every need, knows the desires of our hearts, and meets us exactly where we are. He knows the depths of our souls, our insecurities, and our fears... yet He loves us anyway.

May you and yours focus on Jesus in the coming days. May we honor those who have already gone to be with Him that we miss so deeply, cherish those we get the privilege of spending this Christmas with, and show His love to everyone around us!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We are honored to serve our Savior in Guatemala and honored that you have joined us in this journey. While we wish we could hug you all individually, for now this cute photo of our pride and joy will have to do!

Peace and joy,
Dan, Christi, Malakai, Finley, Titus, and Isaías Ucherek

Funding Update:
We have had several people ask for an update that have been praying for the Lord to meet our monthly funding gap. We are thankful for so many stepping up to help meet this need. As of today, we are just $500 a month shy of our goal. That's just 17 people at $30 a month. Please keep praying! If you are interested, click here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

As she placed the ring on her finger...

Celebrating life, giving hope. 

As Aurora placed a ring on her 15-year-old daughter, Monica's hand, tears streamed down her face. For the families that work in the garbage dump, whom we are privileged to serve and walk life with, there are not "extras".

These families spend their days walking over an hour to get to the garbage dump, then working long, laborous hours, only to turn around and walk back home with next to nothing in their pockets. Many times, not even enough to put dinner on the table. In reality, there is not even a real table.

Serving the children of these families in our Comprehensive Care Center has provided us with many opportunities to share the Gospel, walk alongside these children, and give them HOPE for the first time in their lives. Many of the kids have come to know Jesus and are walking with Him in their daily lives.

For the parents, workshops are offered and we continue to build relationships with them. Many of the parents are coming to know Jesus through the time they spend in our program. Some have even come to know Jesus through their children sharing with them!

Thanks to the generous donations of several people, a dream became a reality last month in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Three girls that are in our program had the honor of celebrating their quinceaños, a traditional celebration for girls turning 15 years old. It is a time where the family reflects on the ways God has blessed their daughter as well as a time to speak life into them and challenge them for the years ahead.

As we set up and prepared to celebrate these 3 precious lives, the moms were continually in tears. Aurora (pictured above), shared with us how she never was able to have a celebration for her own 15th birthday nor host one for her older daughter. The joy in this mothers eyes was so evident. A dream she had for years, became a reality.

For us, it's so much more than just a one day celebration though. It is one more way for us to show these families that they are not alone. One more way for us to walk life with them. One more way for us to show them Unconditional love, through Jesus alone.

It was a beautiful day where the Word was preached! Many shared their favorite stories of the girls, the girls were able to escape their reality of extreme poverty for a day, we ate, celebrated, and rejoiced, giving thanks to God for all He has done.

If you are interested in partnering with our family, so we can continue to minister to families like this so they can stay together, we would love to have you on our team. We are still asking the Lord to bless us with new partners at $30 per month.

Thank you for loving us, allowing us to be here, and have the privilege of seeing the hope on Aurora's face. We are blessed indeed!

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mentoring & Transitional Care

The future for a teen aging out of an orphanage is often filled with thoughts of fear. In many places, once you turn 18 you are shown the front door with only the clothes on your back... maybe a small sack of personal belongings, if you have any.

This is not the case where Orphan Outreach is present. The teens we serve have plans for the future, transition into adulthood with mentors in their lives, and no longer have to live in fear. Check out the video above for a glimpse into our hearts to serve this underserved population!

Also, a quick update... we have been blessed with THREE new monthly supporters, praise God! We are still looking for 27 more people at $30 a month to join our team and be a part of what God is doing in Guatemala. Please prayerfully consider, send this email to other like-minded individuals, and pray, pray, pray. This is absolutely essential (before year end) in order to keep our family on the field.

Blessings to you all!
Dan & Christi

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

What is orphan care?

How do children continue in school when no one in their family knows how to read or write in order to help them with their homework?

How do we help families stay together when it's a healthy situation?

Let's take a look at what an orphan is, at what a social orphan is, and how we provide a safe place for children to thrive and grow.

If you'd like to partner with our family, we would be so grateful. We are still working towards our goal of 30 new partners at $30 a month.

Questions? Let us know.
Prayer? Always welcome.
Financial partnership? Click here.