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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)

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“We have so much to learn from the poor – like their sense of community.” – Tita Evertsz (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

Impacting Generations

When Tita started Limon, the first academy in La Limonada, she knew from day one that the stakes were high. “Help me, sister Tita,” one gang member said at the time. “Help my children, because I will die soon in the streets.” Tita was already hard at work, establishing trust and building relationships with parents […]

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“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (Photo by Tita Evertsz)

World Water Day

Last week a friend handed me a water bottle and said, “Water is to the body what gasoline is to your car. Fuel yourself!” Drinking safe water is as critical to our health as it is easily taken for granted. When I turned on my faucet this morning, I did not stop to think about […]

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As the principal of the Mandarina academy, Yaneth creates a nurturing environment where children can thrive. And today happens to be her birthday! (Photo by Rebecca Gant)

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

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 […]

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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)

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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 […]

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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)

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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)

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 […]

Prevention and Rescue

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 […]

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 […]

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“We believe every human being is created in the image of God and has inherent dignity.” John M. Perkins (Photo by Silent Images)

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 […]

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On the prayer walk this week, an elderly woman began to cry with gratitude and hope when the group prayed with her, trusting that God would hear their prayers. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Gadiel works with youth-at-risk in La Limonada. He asks for prayer as he works to build trust with those who have come out of prison and those who are trying to escape gang life. (Photo by Silent Images)

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Considered a Zona Roja (“Red Zone”), a designation given to Guatemala City’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods, the ravine is home to well over 60,000 people. It is a mile long and very narrow, and forms a border between Zona 1 (where the government and national palace are located) and Zona 5 in the heart […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gianna’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: DeDe’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Harmony’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. Some of the most powerful elements of child sponsorship are the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

Meeting My Sponsored Child: Gerard’s Story

Many of our child sponsors have taken the opportunity to come to Guatemala and meet their sponsored children in person. This is an incredible experience for the sponsor, the child, the classrooms, and the families. One of the most impactful elements of child sponsorship is the love, prayers, and relationships – to think someone far […]

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La Limonada is a place filled with beautiful people who have not had the same opportunities we have in life. But even with lack of nutrition, sleep, and basic comforts, they do what they can. Even during rainy season, they climb the steep paths in and out of the community each and every day. (Photo […]

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! […]

Rainy Season Brings Increase of Dengue Fever

As a part of our Community Relief Fund efforts, Janina, our traveling community nurse, carries her “clinic in a backpack” as she visits the most vulnerable in La Limonada. She has recently been joined by two volunteer nurses from the US, Sarah and Elise. They have reported high rates of dengue fever within the community […]

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This little one is safe and happy in the arms of Maria, the Lima Academy Psychologist.

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Students in the Academies grow socially as they play with their friends. (Photo by Silent Images)

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

Celebrate what you helped make possible – 2014 Donor Impact Report

We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Impact Report and hope you will take a few minutes to read through it and celebrate the impact you made possible! We are truly thankful for each of you who have joined us in partnership with local leaders as they facilitate community development programs in solidarity with […]

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This is gang prevention! (Photo by Silent Images)

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It is hard to imagine how this sweet little guy playing in the dirt can return to streets dominated by poverty, violence, and fear. As he returns home, he will glance at the bullet-ridden walls and be reminded of the tension on the streets. The older boys who carry guns and fiercely defend their neighborhood lines […]

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This precious little one can safely descend these concrete stairs with a mother’s ever watchful and loving eye. Happy Mother’s Day weekend! (Photo by Silent Images)

Walking in a Young Mother’s Shoes

You find out you are pregnant. Another mouth to feed. How can you possibly care for another child? Then the child is born. You are taken aback. What is wrong with the baby? “Lymphoma,” the doctor diagnoses at the public hospital. “She will not survive.” Flooded with patients, the doctor barely has the time to […]

Honor Mom By Offering Compassion to the Vulnerable

  Mothers living in the largest urban slum in Guatemala City struggle to provide the basic needs of their families – they want a better life for their children without the ability to make that possible. Our Spring Forward campaign is tackling the urgent needs of mothers and families in La Limonada. Like Ana who […]

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In La Limonada, Otto’s shoe workshop is a place of hard work, deep friendship, and vibrant faith. (Photo by Silent Images)

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