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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 […]

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 […]

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Happy Independence Day, Guatemala! As we celebrate today, we pray that all would experience spiritual and physical freedom. (Photo by Silent Images)

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Recipe for Rosa De Jamaica

We have shared several of the recipes enjoyed by our service learning groups during their stay at the Lemonade Guest House – Traditional Pepián de Pollo, Pollo Con Crema, and Salsa Verde. Those who come to serve, learn, and build relationships in La Limonada also have the opportunity to taste the unique flavors and experience […]

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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)

Featured Partner: Center for Transforming Mission Guatemala

We are grateful to partner with the Center for Transforming Mission (known by the initials CMT in Spanish), an organization focused on the social and spiritual renewal of Guatemala. Groups coming on a Service Learning Trip are offered the opportunity to set aside one afternoon of their trip with a staff member from CMT, who […]

Christmas in Guatemala

Posadas or Processions Many aspects of Guatemalan culture and customs are closely tied to the Roman Catholic Church, which has had a presence in the region for centuries. Beginning in the week leading up to Christmas Eve, processions are made on city streets with statues symbolizing the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth all […]

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

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You’ve given the children of La Limonada so many reasons to smile today! #WorldSmileDay (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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Laughter is a universal language.  

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As we spent the week celebrating Guatemala‘s rich history and culture, we were reminded of the local Guatemalans who have invested their lives into La Limonada. They inspire us with their love, passion, and dedication to help the most vulnerable in their city. (Photo by Silent Images)

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Pollo Con Crema

Pollo con Crema is a beloved traditional Guatemalan dish of chicken in a rich cream sauce. It is often served with rice and tortillas. Volunteers who have joined a Service Learning Trip to Guatemala enjoy this wonderful dish handmade by our dear Mirna. Mirna’s cooking and hospitality is an incredible gift to each of us, […]

6 Challenges in La Limonada – and How Child Sponsorship Addresses Them

Our friends in La Limonada face many challenges each and every day. Some may be clearly visible, but others are less obvious at first glance. Here are six challenges faced by children and families in the community, along with six ways child sponsorship is sowing seeds of hope.   Challenge #1: Children in La Limonada attend […]

From a Family of Thieves: Amelia’s Story

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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)

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

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 […]

Tackling Hunger and Malnutrition in La Limonada

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 […]

Passion For God’s Presence [Guest Post]

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 […]

Happy Independence Day, Guatemala!

On September 15, 1821, after almost 300 years of colonial rule Guatemala declared its independence from Spain. Today there are celebrations, festivities, and parades throughout the country. Many will come together wearing their traditional clothing, ready to demonstrate their deep patriotism and national pride. Local schools make civic murals, bands play the national anthem, and […]

Guatemalan Presidential Elections This Sunday

This Sunday, September 6, Guatemalans will head to the polls to vote for the next president, vice president, 158 congressional deputies, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament, and other local positions. Recent events in Guatemala surrounding a corruption scandal involving the president, vice president, and other high level government officials could affect these elections. […]

I Like Tigers Too [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Aixa de López, a friend of Lemonade International 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. Today’s guest post is a beautiful reflection on God’s heart for the poor and […]

The Long Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma

In her 2014 TEDMED talk, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris sheds light on the effects of childhood trauma – something that is unfortunately all too common for the children who grow up in La Limonada. Burke Harris states that high doses of abuse, neglect, and trauma affect “brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems and even […]

Eat Like a Guatemalan – Mirna’s Recipe for Traditional Pepián de Pollo

When service learning groups visit Guatemala, they stay in the Lemonade House where Mirna prepares traditional meals each evening. While there is great need in Guatemala, there is also incredible beauty, with warm and deeply hospitable people! Tasting authentic Guatemalan dishes can be an important part of learning, participating, and appreciating this delightful culture. The […]

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The beautiful Sara welcomes us in her home. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Children in La Limonada love their pets too! (Photo by Silent Images)

A New School Year Begins

This week, the children of La Limonada returned to the academies filled with excitement and joy for a new school year. Registration took place last week and classes filled up quickly. 98 children were registered in the Limon Academy, 63 in the Mandarina Academy, and 40 in the new Lima Academy — for a total […]

And He Will Be Called Mighty God [Advent Guest Post]

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

And He Will Be Called Wonderful Counselor [Advent Guest Post]

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of guest bloggers to reflect on the different names given to the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. As we move towards Christmas, we invite you to reflect with us on the earth-shaking implications of each name, both for ourselves […]

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  “This joy, purity and innocence. His sincere joy and love pierce my being. I remember the story of Don Otto and the little girl God used to transform his life forever.” – Tita (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

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Big smiles from these friends in La Limonada. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Short-Term Groups: Open Dates for 2015

We are eagerly anticipating a wonderful 2015, filled with new and ongoing relationships formed and strengthened with the community of La Limonada. It is our privilege to facilitate these meaningful opportunities for you and your groups to visit the community of La Limonada to learn, love, and grow. Our remaining open dates for 2015 are: […]

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Elizabeth shows Rebecca her beloved doll. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Día del Niño

Today is Día del Niño (Day of the Child), a national holiday in Guatemala celebrated each year on October 1. It is a day to recognize the rights of children. The need for a day like this is great in a place like La Limonada, where the rights of children are largely ignored or, worse, […]

Bev Hutton’s Legacy of Loving Children

Jim Hutton visiting Guatemala with his pastor Karl Roth, along with Tita Evertsz and Rebecca Gant. After meeting Tita and visiting La Limonada last year, it was clear to Jim Hutton that supporting the work of the academies and the scholar program was exactly what his late wife Bev would have wanted. Bev passed away […]

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Tita visiting Ana’s 0-3 year old class at the Mandarina academy and interacting with Beatriz. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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