Lemonade International Blog

Thank You and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2015

Thank you for your partnership and Happy New Year! We’ve accomplished so much together in 2015. Thank you for partnering with us in compassion, generosity, prayer, and love! Through your partnership and the faithfulness of God, we walked alongside 386 students and their families in addition to community relief and gang prevention initiatives. “Thank you […]

Today is the last day to give a 2015 tax-deductible donation!

December 31, 2015

Good news! We are 95% of the way toward our Give Christmas goal – a goal that represents the very real costs of essential children’s shoes, school supplies, scholars’ tuition, and teachers’ wages as integral parts of our ongoing community development work. With your help, we will continue to act as conduits of generosity and […]

Happy Birthday Tita!

December 30, 2015

Tomorrow is the birthday of Tita Evertsz! Tita first walked into La Limonada in 1994 and has been investing her life into education and gang prevention ever since. We have all been impacted by her deep passion and unfaltering devotion to follow Jesus wherever he leads. At Lemonade International, we exist to act as generous […]

Still Time to Invest in Pathways to Peace

December 29, 2015

With only three days left in 2015, we are 80% of the way to our goal of $80,000 to provide children and families with opportunities to escape cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in the coming year.  In addition to meeting tangible needs at the beginning of a new school year, your 2015 tax-deductible donation […]

It All Began in a Manger – Christmas Eve 2015

December 24, 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 […]

Give Teachers Wages This Christmas

December 22, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with the teachers who invest in the children. We have a vision to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education and gang prevention. We want to […]

A Love That Stays [Advent Series]

December 21, 2015

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of bloggers to reflect on hope, peace, joy, and love. We invite you to reflect with us on the implications of what Jesus did on our behalf and on behalf of the people of La Limonada. During […]

Give in honor of a loved one

December 19, 2015

What could make Christmas more meaningful than to honor your loved ones with gifts that also have life-changing impact on the children and families in La Limonada? We have two wonderful tribute options available, to let your friends and family know about the gift you made in their honor: When you select one or several […]

Photo of the Week

December 18, 2015

We believe in investing in the children of La Limonada during their most vulnerable years. By the age of 7, many are struck by the reality of the deep poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunities for a future. Will you join us in walking with them towards full lives in Jesus?

Spread the Word This Christmas

December 17, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Our goal is to raise $80,000 this Christmas. These essential funds represent practical gifts that equip the children, youth, and […]

Give Scholar Education This Christmas

December 16, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with life-altering education for vulnerable youth. Finishing high school or attending a vocational training program that would open the door to an honest job is out of reach for many children in La […]

Shoes are Powerful [Guest Post]

December 15, 2015

Today’s guest post is written by Bethany Tran, founder of The Root Collective, which partners with shoemakers in La Limonada to provide dignified work while making amazing shoes available to world changers in the United States. You can purchase Otto’s shoes this Christmas as a gift for yourself and loved ones, but you should act […]

Joy [Advent Series]

December 14, 2015

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of bloggers to reflect on hope, peace, joy, and love. We invite you to reflect with us on the implications of what Jesus did on our behalf and on behalf of the people of La Limonada. During […]

Photo of the Week

December 11, 2015

This little guy received a pack of school supplies last year to continue his education. School supplies like these can be tools for peace. (Photo by Silent Images)

Give School Supplies This Christmas

December 10, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with basic supplies needed for the new school year. Children in La Limonada attend overcrowded and underfunded public schools for only half a day – if they have the necessary shoes and supplies, […]

Give School Shoes This Christmas

December 8, 2015

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with a pair of new shoes. Formal school shoes for a child in La Limonada could mean the difference between confidently beginning the school year this January or being shamefully kept home. It […]

Peace [Advent Series]

December 7, 2015

  This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of bloggers to reflect on hope, peace, joy, and love. We invite you to reflect with us on the implications of what Jesus did on our behalf and on behalf of the people of La Limonada. […]

Photo of the Week

December 4, 2015

Last January, Carlitos received a brand new pair of shoes through Give Christmas 2014. These weren’t just any shoes. They were quality, handmade shoes made right there in his community by Otto. Ready for the school year, he experienced the rare joy of a brand new gift purchased just for him!

Give Education This #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015

Today is #GivingTuesday, an emerging global movement kicking off a season of generosity as a counterpart to the popular shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day to unite our voices around the importance of giving as an essential part of this season. In the spirit of generosity and solidarity with […]

Hope [Advent Guest Series]

November 30, 2015

  This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on hope, joy, peace, and love. We invite you to reflect with us on the implications of what Jesus did on our behalf and on behalf of the people of La […]

Giving Thanks For You

November 25, 2015

For those of us who live here in the United States, Thanksgiving is upon us and our hearts and minds are reflecting on all we are thankful for. As we gather around our dining room tables, together with friends and family we will give thanks for our many blessings. As an organization, we recognize that […]

A Pathway to Peace in La Limonada This Christmas

November 23, 2015

Give Christmas begins today! This is our opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Over the next six weeks, our goal is to raise $80,000. These essential funds will provide practical gifts […]

Photo of the Week

November 20, 2015

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)

Photo of the Week

November 13, 2015

Yesterday we shared a blog post about the opportunity to visit La Limonada in 2016 through a Service Learning Trip. Our very own Lizza Majus has a deep passion for hosting groups as they serve the vulnerable of her country. (Photo by Silent Images)

You’re invited! Join a 2016 Service Learning Trip

November 12, 2015

As we begin to plan and prepare for a wonderful new year, our calendar for Service Learning Trips is beginning to fill up with groups interested in visiting La Limonada in 2016. Churches, small groups, families, organizations, schools, and companies are all stepping out of their day-to-day life to go, learn, serve, build ongoing relationships, […]

Photo of the Week

November 6, 2015

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 […]

Featured Partner: Istrouma Baptist Church

November 3, 2015

Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been an incredible partner, friend, and advocate for the community of La Limonada. They have had significant impact on the children and the community through Service Learning Trips, Child Sponsorship, and Give Christmas campaigns. They hosted Tita Evertsz last weekend at their Go Global missions conference. We […]

Photo of the Week

October 30, 2015

Please pray for our dear Braulio is very ill, and for Mirna who is taking care of him as he recovers in the hospital. (Photo by Silent Images)

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Recipe for Salsa Verde

October 27, 2015

Earlier this year, we shared a recipe for the traditional Guatemalan dish, Pepián de Pollo, which is enjoyed by our service learning groups during their stay at the Lemonade House. Those who come to serve, learn, and build relationships in the impoverished community of La Limonada also have the opportunity to taste the unique flavors […]

Photo of the Week

October 23, 2015

Rainy season in Guatemala affects some communities more than others. Many homes are vulnerable to rain and landslide damage. Please pray for the safety and health of the community. (Photo by Silent Images)

October Value of the Month

October 22, 2015

The academies are more than a safe haven for the children in La Limonada. While we believe it is important to provide a beautiful alternative to the negative influences of gang-ridden streets, we also want to develop the children into flourishing young adults, poised to be the future leaders of a peace-filled community. One important […]

Photo of the Week

October 16, 2015

Today is World Food Day, a day dedicated to the global movement against hunger. A daily hot meal in the academies can mean the opportunity to concentrate on schoolwork and make better decisions. It can literally fuel a different future. (Photo by Silent Images)

Tackling Hunger and Malnutrition in La Limonada

October 15, 2015

Tomorrow is World Food Day, a day dedicated to the global movement against hunger. Advocates who believe access to food is a basic human right raise awareness and commit to action against malnutrition and hunger among the most vulnerable around the world. In Guatemala, chronic malnutrition is a major concern. According to the World Food […]

Prevention and Rescue

October 14, 2015

Lemonade International shares the vision of our Guatemalan partner organization, Vidas Plenas, to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education, gang prevention, and community relief so those most in need can live full lives and experience transformation. Broken families, abuse, drugs, and peer pressure begin drawing the children […]

Photo of the Week

October 9, 2015

We seek to build academy libraries and literacy in La Limonada! (Photo by Silent Images)

Passion For God’s Presence [Guest Post]

October 6, 2015

Today’s guest post is by Adam Ormord, who recently completed his Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He visited Guatemala with his cohort, where he had the opportunity to meet Tita and hear about La Limonada. He blogs regularly at Listen Softer. _ “Now as […]

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