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Category: La Limonada

In La Limonada as it is in Heaven: Thy Kingdom Come

We continue our blog series on the Lord’s Prayer called “In Limonada as it is in Heaven,” Read: Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6     Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done On earth, as it is in heaven. This begs the question: […]

In Limonada as it is in Heaven: Our Father

We continue our blog series on the Lord’s Prayer called “In Limonada as it is in Heaven.”  Read: Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6     Our Father, in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.   God as loving father. In many places in the […]

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What will their future be? The time to help is now. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Celebrate the 2017 Scholar Graduates!

Today we are celebrating an incredible class of 2017! There is so much that could have pulled them away from this accomplishment. Violence and danger on the streets as they walk to and from school. Families struggling to keep the lights on so they could study. Sickness, depression, loss of loved ones, and other emotional […]

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We believe all people have dignity and inherent worth, with unique gifts given by God to share with others. (Photo by JP Soto Photography)

When A River Reaches A Sea – Plans For Brave Tears [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Aixa de López, an incredible lover of Jesus and advocate for the people of La Limonada. She serves alongside her husband Pastor Alex Lopez at Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala. She blogs regularly (in Spanish) at www.aixadelopez.org, where today’s post was originally published. It is incredible to see local Guatemalans following […]

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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish.” Henri Nouwen (Photo by Scott Bennett)

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“Thank you that we are in the school of the Gospel.”

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Every child in La Limonada is special, with a unique story waiting to unfold. (Photo by ErlebNisse Photography)

Dona Veronica’s Life Lessons

It is impossible to be with Doña Veronica without feeling how real and tangible God is. An 80-year-old resident of La Limonada, Veronica has had a long life with both deep suffering and beautiful joy. The many wrinkles on her beautiful face each surely tell a different story. She has 15 children and now has […]

10 Things To Know About La Limonada

You may have visited La Limonada as part of a Service Learning Trip, or maybe you’ve followed the story of this community from afar. Either way, here are ten things you may not know about La Limonada. La Limonada was once a lush and green ravine in the heart of Guatemala City with cows and […]

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So that children and families in La Limonada enjoy full lives with dignity, justice, and hope.

A Mural for Don German

“Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” – Bryant Myers Don German is a 68-year-old treasured friend in La Limonada, recognized immediately by his white beard, suit, […]

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“I was very impressed by the teachers and the activities [in the academies], and also how much they care and give personal attention to the kids. It was a blessing to spend two days in La Limonada and shoot some photos for Lemonade International.” Scott Bennett first came to La Limonada on the Bloggers Trip. […]

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“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 (Photo by Silent Images)

La Limonada . . . where do I even begin? [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is a reflection from a member of the Forest Hill Church Service Learning Trip last October. We’re grateful for group members like Jody Glass-Chapman who are eager to build ongoing relationships with us and the people of La Limonada. Thank you for coming to listen, learn, and love! Have you ever used […]

You’re invited! Go on a Service Learning Trip this year!

Every year, we invite groups from the US to come to the community of La Limonada to offer activities and lessons for the children, while participating in prayer walks, vision screenings, medical training, painting projects, delousing children, assembling mercy bags, trainings for teachers, home visits, and more. While groups have the opportunity to offer their […]

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What will their futures be? (Photo by Silent Images)

This #GivingTuesday, Give Vitamins For Healthy Hearts

Today is #GivingTuesday, part of a global movement that provides an alternative to simply being swallowed up in our desires for more and more stuff – a very real temptation this time of year. It’s a way of celebrating the great tradition of generosity, while letting your friends and family know how they can also […]

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Children have the basic need to be protected, nurtured, and equipped for their future. (Photo by Silent Images)

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By age 7, the reality of poverty begins to sink in and children succumb to the temptations of gang life. The time to intervene is right now. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Child sponsorship impacts whole families. Photo by Corinne Johnson (Instagram @lisacorinne)

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Living in poverty does not determine your value to God or to us. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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“I gave her this picture and she said, ‘How beautiful I am!!!!’ This moment is unforgettable.” – Tita Evertsz

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“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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Tita and Janina have been friends for a long time, and they have been serving the La Limonada with love and joy for almost two decades. They are sporting t-shirts from one of our partner churches — Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo from Tita Evertsz’s Instagram feed)

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La Limonada is a place of contrasts, where heartbreak, loss, beauty, and hope live side by side. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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Will the gang members on the streets be their only role models? Not if we have anything to say about it. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

Celebrate what you made possible – 2015 Donor Impact Report

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Guatemala’s Ministry of Justice building towers over La Limonada, which you can see in the background. Pray with us that justice will roll down like a mighty river (Amos 5:24) into this ravine we have all come to know and love. (Photo by Alejandro Matzar)

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“We have so much to learn from the poor – like their sense of community.” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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Precious sisters in La Limonada. (Photo by Tita Evertsz)  

A New School Year Begins

Another school year has officially begun! The children returned to the academies, filling the classrooms with learning and laughter. Children in La Limonada attend overcrowded and underfunded public schools for only half a day. But we believe education is key to gang prevention and breaking the cycles of poverty. That’s why, through your support, children […]

It All Began in a Manger – Christmas Eve 2015

Millions of people across the world will gather tonight in living rooms, ancient cathedrals, converted warehouses, school auditoriums, and former movie theaters. There will be singing, praying, reading of Scripture, reflection, and rejoicing in celebration of the birth of the central figure of the Christian faith. While preparations are taking place for such gatherings, may we […]

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What does it do to a child growing up around constant reminders of the violence that dominates their community? Walking to school in La Limonada means passing by walls littered with bullet holes and signs of the gang presence that surrounds them. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Yesterday we said goodbye to a very dear friend in La Limonada. Many years ago, Tania welcomed Tita into her story. A story filled with deep pain, loss, and darkness – yet shining the whole time. When she was eight, she began working to provide for her family and help raise her four siblings. One […]

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