Lemonade International Blog

From a Family of Thieves: Amelia’s Story

July 20, 2016

Today, Tita shares the story of a woman who has been attending a home Bible study. She is from one of the first families Tita got to know in La Limonada many years ago. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy. – A family of thieves. Amelia’s grandparents were thieves. Her parents were […]

Photo of the Week

July 15, 2016

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)

6 Books for Engaging Your Children With Compassion and Love for Guatemala

July 14, 2016

Are your kids enjoying summer reading? Here are six books that will offer them the opportunity to learn more about Guatemala and be inspired to change the world. Guatemala ABCs [5-11 years old] With each letter of the alphabet, this book is a great introduction to the people, culture, geography, and history of Guatemala. It […]

Justice Happened – I AM ART returned to La Limonada

July 12, 2016

Last week, the children of La Limonada were invited to transform pain into purpose through creative arts with the I AM ART camp. They joined their teachers in coming together at a church located outside of the community, enabling children from rival communities to enjoy time all together. Through our partnership with Athentikos and Vidas […]

Photo of the Week

July 8, 2016

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

Photo of the Week

July 1, 2016

The teachers invest in instruction, discipleship, and life-skill preparation every day. They make holistic impact possible. They are our heroes. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Two Days to Launch

June 29, 2016

Before you make your 4th of July plans, help us launch the 4th academy in La Limonada! With less than TWO days to go, we’re 74% of the way to our financial goal. We’re so close to doing something BIG about injustice this summer, forever changing the lives of vulnerable children in the “15 de […]

7 Reasons Why We Focus on Children

June 28, 2016

We know the effects of poverty, trauma, and violence are the most extreme on children, causing long-term damage to minds, bodies, and hearts. As you read through these seven compelling reasons to prioritize serving the most vulnerable children, ask yourself: “What if there were a Christian present, someone a child could turn to in the […]

Turning the Tide of Injustice

June 25, 2016

The civil rights movement had some brilliant leaders. In the face of widespread injustice and systemic racism, it may have made sense to focus their efforts on calling for an end to the overall dehumanization of African American citizens. But they didn’t do that. They recognized that “dehumanization” was too abstract of a concept, and […]

Photo of the Week

June 24, 2016

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

The Brave Ones

June 21, 2016

Several years ago, some of the children living in the “15 de Agosto” neighborhood heard rumors about the Mandarina academy in the community next to theirs. They heard it was a place with open doors where children could come to eat and learn. Driven by hunger and desperation, one large family* of siblings and cousins […]

Photo of the Week

June 17, 2016

We are present in La Limonada because every child deserves an opportunity to dream. Photo by Rebecca Gant

Do Something About Injustice This Summer

June 16, 2016

We need your help. We’re asking you to rally your friends and family to do something big about injustice this summer by helping us launch the fourth academy in a dangerous neighborhood in the heart of Guatemala City. This month, we need to raise $25,000 to cover the costs of launching this new academy. In […]

Jeffrey’s Return

June 15, 2016

FaceTime buzzed on my computer. It was time for my interview with one of our youth volunteers in La Limonada. Lizza and Lucia appeared on the screen, along with a 15-year-old named Jeffrey. They were sitting in a classroom inside the Limon academy just after breakfast. A little shy, as most teenage boys are, Jeffrey’s […]

Expanding Holistic Impact in La Limonada

June 14, 2016

When children in La Limonada enter the academies, they’re not just stepping into a place where they’ll learn math, science, and reading. They’re being invited into a safe space where they will be nurtured as whole beings. Within these walls, a team of committed, passionate teachers care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of […]

Photo of the Week

June 10, 2016

In a community where so many have their innocence snatched away at such a young age, the three academies offer children in La Limonada a safe place to laugh, play, and learn. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Announcing: Moving Into A New Neighborhood

June 9, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the launch the fourth academy in La Limonada! In keeping with the joyful and hopeful theme of the different fruits the first three academies are named for, the name of the fourth academy will be Toronja, which translates to grapefruit. A new academy means the opportunity to expand our ministry […]

Photo of the Week

June 3, 2016

Tita sees “hidden treasures.” What do you see? (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Scott Charles’ Lemonade Stand: #RunForLemonade

June 2, 2016

Scott Charles, a super-advocate and long-time child sponsor, challenged his friends and family to support his online Lemonade Stand, ‪#‎RunForLemonade,‬ and blew his financial goal out of the water! Today he shares about how God has wired him to run, accomplish hard things, and find creative ways to love the children of La Limonada. We […]

First Person: Maira Judith

May 31, 2016

We would like to introduce you to one of our incredible teachers, Maira Judith. She works with the 4 – 5 year old class at the Limon academy. We asked her a few questions about herself and what motivates her to work in such a challenging environment every day. Where are you from? I am […]

Photo of the Week

May 27, 2016

These girls are not defined by their address. Instead, they are learning who they are as children of God – with dignity, purpose, and a voice. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Featured Partner: Forest Hill Church

May 24, 2016

Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina has been an incredible partner and advocate for the people of La Limonada. Their thoughtful and passionate leadership has been an incredible encouragement to us. Jenny Schmitt, Director of Kids@FHC at Forest Hill’s Waxhaw campus, shares these thoughts. _ In early 2013, our church hosted a Justice Conference, where […]

Photo of the Week

May 20, 2016

We know that healthy and consistent meals enable children to grow and think clearly. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Of Drops and Ripples in La Limonada

May 17, 2016

Today’s guest post was written by Dr. Drew Moser, an adoptive dad of a Guatemalan-born daughter and Dean of Experiential Learning at Taylor University in Upland, IN. He was part of a service-learning trip to La Limonada in April 2016. _ The two young men listlessly, slowly looked at each other. “N”* quietly muttered, “No […]

Photo of the Week

May 13, 2016

Seeing children have time to just be kids brings a smile to our faces. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

More Than A Math Project

May 10, 2016

Tammi Palpant is a long-time friend of Lemonade International. She has visited La Limonada twice and started sponsoring a child after her first trip, about five years ago. She has also been a teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina for twelve years. This year she engaged six of her advanced fourth grade […]

A Mother’s Heart of Gratitude

May 7, 2016

School for Parents is an incredible opportunity for the team in Guatemala to equip parents and extend God’s message of hope and healing to them. As we focus on their children, we also want to see mothers and fathers transformed. Today, Tita shares the story of one mother who has been attending School for Parents. […]

Photo of the Week

May 6, 2016

Wherever Janina goes, she is ready to listen, to pray, to offer counsel, and to intervene, meeting urgent needs that could easily otherwise be devastating and even life-threatening. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Standing With Martha

May 5, 2016

Walking into the house, your eyes immediately struggle to adjust to the dark room. But even though keeping lights on is too expensive for this family, Martha* still manages to keep her home neat and tidy. Martha is a 30-year-old hard-working, selfless mother of five children – ranging in age from 11 months to 16 […]

They Call her Mother Teresa

May 4, 2016

“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 […]

Motherhood and the Miracle of Life

May 3, 2016

  We had been anticipating the news to come any day. A text from our friends here in Phoenix, letting us know she had gone to the hospital to have her baby. We waited with anticipation as labor continued and were given the invitation to the hospital we were hoping for. With freshly cut roses […]

Photo of the Week

April 29, 2016

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)

Featured Partner: The Flourish Market

April 27, 2016

Emily and Chris Sexton are long-time friends of Lemonade International and passionate advocates for the children and families of La Limonada. Through a Tilt campaign in September 2015, they officially launched The Flourish Market, an online boutique and fashion truck in Raleigh, North Carolina. Last Christmas, the Flourish Market donated $1,000 on behalf of their […]

Photo of the Week

April 22, 2016

Photo caption contest. Go! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Sponsorship Was Doing

April 21, 2016

When you invest in our academy-based child sponsorship program, you impact all aspects of a child’s life in La Limonada – spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual. Here are five things you may not have realized about your child sponsorship: Child sponsorship gives a child in La Limonada the opportunity to have many positive role models […]

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