Lemonade International Blog

Category: Presence

(Extra)Ordinary Obedience

For the last three years, I have had the incredible privilege of skyping regularly with Tita Evertsz, the founder of our partner organization, Vidas Plenas. While the purpose of our calls is to make sure Lemonade’s fundraising and communication efforts align with the greatest needs of Vidas Plenas and to walk closely together in partnership, […]

2017 in Photos

Through each of you who have said “yes” to God’s call to give your time, talents, and resources to the work our partner Vidas Plenas is doing in La Limonada… Through each local Guatemalan (and one Nicaraguan and Honduran!) who have said “yes” to God’s call to work in one of Central America’s most notorious […]

Let The Little Children Come To Me

Guatemala is one of the hardest places in the world to be a child. Nearly 20% of the population is living in extreme poverty, just like in La Limonada. An estimated four in 10 children are experiencing sexual abuse right now. For each case that is reported, it is estimated that seven go unreported. These […]

Photo of the Week

Today, on National Coffee Day we celebrate Resurgam Coffee. Resurgam, which means “I will rise again,” was started by our board chair, Chris Marshall as a way to provide a great craft roast while funding hope in La Limonada. The staff in Guatemala love wearing their Resugram t-shirts as a reminder of the love and […]

Photo of the Week

Investing in peace in Guatemala means showing children an alternative to picking up a gun and settling for the gang life all around them. It means walking with them through their most vulnerable years to offer a bridge over the darkness beneath them. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

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

Photo of the Week

“When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said.” Luke 7:13 NLT (Photo by Silent Images)

Witnessing Miracles Every Day

Every single day in La Limonada, we witness miracles. The miracle of 45 team members walking into a “Red Zone” community – known to be a place of violence and fear – with a sense of calling and love for the people. The miracle of walking with people who have no one else. But they […]

Photo of the Week

Constant loss of loved ones. Constant tension. Constant trauma. Children in La Limonada get a break each day when they enter the academies. Kids can be kids here. (Photo by Scott Bennett)

Turning Pain Into Resilience and Hope

We want the children in La Limonada to reach their potential. We want to see their God-given abilities drawn out and made to flourish. We want to see them living full lives in Jesus. But the reality for children growing up in this “red zone” – a term given by the Guatemalan government to indicate […]

Photo of the Week

Sometimes a hug says it all. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

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

Photo of the Week

Prayer is at the heart of everything we do. (Photo by Silent Images)

Photo of the Week

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” (Matthew 19:14) (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

They Call her Mother Teresa

“Tita is the Mother Teresa of Guatemala.” Said with such passion, conviction, and awe about the founder of the ministry in La Limonada, my friend expressed what many of us have felt during a Service Learning Trip. That’s because 20 years ago Tita Evertsz walked into a place that felt “untouchable” just like Mother Teresa […]

Bringing Brokenness to the Feet of Jesus

Today, Tita shares the story of one woman who has been attending a home Bible study. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy. – Sometimes there are people you love with such a strong passion – you know it has come from God. He is asking you to love them, so you think […]

First Person: David Campos

We would like to introduce you to David Campos, chaplain of Vidas Plenas. David leads weekly Bible studies with the children and youth in each of the three academies and in homes throughout the community. – My name is David, and I am the chaplain for Vidas Plenas, serving the children and families of La […]

Reading the Bible with the Churchless

Weekly Bible studies take place in homes throughout La Limonada – engaging individuals and families who are interested in reading God’s word together and learning how they can follow Jesus each day. The team in Guatemala teach about who Jesus is, his love for them, and how they can follow him. This is true discipleship! […]

Presence in Pain

Names have been changed to protect the family. The prayer walk comes to a halt. They have reached the place where blood was spilled days before. Life was taken at the hands of frustrated teenagers with guns in their hands and retaliation in their hearts. Prayers spill out as the group cries, “Lord, end this […]

Photo of the Week

Being present with the people of La Limonada is a tangible embodiment of Christ’s love. (Photo by Silent Images)

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