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Shoes + School Supplies = Hope + Future

This Christmas season, would you consider a one-time year-end gift to provide a new pair of uniform shoes, made locally by Otto in his workshop, and a bag of basic school supplies for one child? We need to cover the cost of 439 pairs of shoes and school supply packs for all of the children […]

Wrapping up the year with gifts of hope for La Limonada

In Guatemala, La Limonada is seen as a failed and hopeless slum. Stripped of basic services and often their very humanity, children grow up repeating the destructive patterns modeled for them. Childlike hope is quickly choked. We believe God loves the little children and welcomes them into his promises of abundant life. We stand behind […]

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We believe in deep relationships – in listening, knowing, and honoring the stories of community members, staff, donors, and partners. (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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“Thank you that we are in the school of the Gospel.”

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 […]

Exciting Opportunity To Visit Your Sponsored Child In La Limonada

Join our sponsors-only trip and spend three days in La Limonada this October! You will get the chance to meet your sponsored child and their family. See first-hand the impact the academies, teachers, and psychologists are having on your child and their friends. And meet the local leaders who are embodying Christ’s love for your […]

5 Reasons to Sponsor a Child With Lemonade International

Sponsorship impacts the lives of children, families, and the entire community of La Limonada. Here are 5 ways child sponsorship with Lemonade International is unique: It addresses the unique needs of children in La Limonada in appropriate ways. This is not a program easily plopped down in another context. It is deeply relational and specifically targeted […]

Making a 180-degree-difference in La Limonada!

Child sponsorship is making a 180-degree difference in the lives of vulnerable children in La Limonada! How can I make a difference?

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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A stark contrast to the tense streets and dark homes where kids grow up fast, the academies are filled with hope, laughter, and a lot of fun!

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

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Wherever Janina goes, she is ready to listen, to pray, to offer counsel, and to intervene, meeting urgent medical needs in La Limonada. Her “clinic in a backpack” offers relief to many suffering from respiratory illness, diabetes, ulcer and bullet wounds, high blood pressure, and other health concerns. Her smile is a beacon of hope. […]

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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 […]

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We want this little girl to grow up knowing she is a valued child of God. Next week, the doors of the academies will open for another great year of spiritual, emotional, and physical impact! Thank you to all our sponsors and generous supporters who share our desire for each child in La Limonada and […]

Three Down, Three to Go

Has God put La Limonada on your heart? Do the deep needs of the children, youth, and teachers grab hold of your love and compassion? With less than five days remaining to reach our year-end goal, we have met three of our six gift goals for La Limonada. Through your generosity, we have reached the […]

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

You Made My Dreams Possible

Edy grew up in La Limonada surrounded by scarcity and violence. Many of his peers began making life-altering decisions by the age of seven, spiraling into destructive, desperate, and fatalistic lives, without a source of hope that life could be different. They sank into the darkness. Many are active in the gangs, in jail, or […]

When You Give a School Supply Pack, You’re Opening A Door

It is not right for a child to grow up more familiar with the sight of bullet holes and guns than crayons and notebooks. It is not right for a child to have doors to the future constantly slammed shut. Most families in La Limonada cannot afford the school supplies needed to begin the new […]

10 Reasons to Give Christmas to La Limonada

You believe an essential part of celebrating this season is to extend hope, justice, love, and JOY to vulnerable children in Guatemala. You believe the children in La Limonada should know their lives matter to you and should experience HOLISTIC restoration, transformation, and hope. You believe giving justice increases ABIDING JOY in La Limonada and […]

A Wholehearted Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Here in the United States, many of us are preparing to celebrate an annual tradition – a day set aside to remind us of the importance of being thankful. For some, this tradition is filled with a visceral feeling of joy and goodwill as arrangements are made to be present with those closest […]

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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)

Presence, Gratitude, and Abiding Joy

I visited a young mother of two small children who is full of life and strong character. Always sincere, she desires to excel and be a good wife and mother of a three and five year old. Upon entering the house, I saw a handkerchief covering her head and highlighting her beautiful face even more. […]

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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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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)

Join Us In Celebrating Guatemala’s Independence Day

This Thursday, September 15, is Independence Day in Guatemala. All week long, the children in the three academies are enjoying rich celebrations with their classmates and teachers. La Limonada is a marginalized community, looked down upon by most Guatemalans. Each year in the academies, Independence Day is an important opportunity to teach the children about […]

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

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 […]

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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)

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

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

Of Drops and Ripples in La Limonada

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 […]

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