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Tag: Service Learning Trips

A Month’s Investment for a Year of Impact.

During the month of November, while the children are on school break, the academies continue to welcome them in for breakfast and devotions each morning. The rest of the days are devoted to teacher training, lesson planning, and team building for the new school year, which begins in January according to the Guatemalan academic calendar. […]

Anyi, a Permanent Resident of My Heart [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is from Frankie Erwin, who recently joined a Service Learning Trip with Istrouma Baptist Church, a partner church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Frankie shares a reflection from her time in La Limonada and the special relationships God began during her time in the community. – I recently returned from La Limonada, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

You’re invited! Go on a Service Learning Trip this year!

Every year, we invite groups from the US to come to the community of La Limonada to offer activities and lessons for the children, while participating in prayer walks, vision screenings, medical training, painting projects, delousing children, assembling mercy bags, trainings for teachers, home visits, and more. While groups have the opportunity to offer their […]

Wooden Treasures For Every Child

After visiting La Limonada, a Service Learning Trip member from Christ Church Anglican in Phoenix, Arizona, was struck by the fact that she had seen no toys during her time with the children. When she shared this at church one Sunday morning, Clay and Marcia Landwehr were in attendance. “It was heart-wrenching to hear,” Marcia said. […]

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, […]

Justice Happened – I AM ART returned to La Limonada

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 […]

Featured Partner: Forest Hill Church

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 […]

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 […]

For Me, This Is Only The Beginning [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by Ashley Johnson, a child sponsor, member of partner church Rivers Crossing Community Church, service learning group member, and advocate for the people of La Limonada. – I have felt a call from God for a while now to empower the marginalized; to help give them the tools they need […]

Calling All Artists – I AM ART returns to La Limonada

We’re thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Athentikos and Vidas Plenas to facilitate art camp for the at-risk children of La Limonada this summer. Through the power of art, we have seen children oppressed by abuse, deep poverty, marginalization, and neglect come to life and find a voice as they experience the healing power […]

Photo of the Week

There is nothing better than a sponsor meeting his sponsored child. We are honored to facilitate these special relationships! #ProudLemonadeSponsor (Photo by Lizza Majus)

Photo of the Week

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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Planting the Seeds [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is a reflection from a student from Garner High School. Kirby Jones recently joined the Garner High service learning trip to La Limonada. It is especially appropriate today on Earth Day. In the words of Debby Boone, a popular musician and author, “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without […]

Praying With La Limonada [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by Kelly Cooper of the Bridge Street House of Prayer. My group and I spent January and February this year in the academies of La Limonada. We come from Grand Rapids, Michigan from the Mission School of the Bridge Street House of Prayer. Our time in Guatemala is part of […]

Farewell Sommer Wisher, Welcome Beth Skinner

Sommer Wisher began her role as Service Learning Trips Coordinator in 2012, after four years of loving and visiting the people of La Limonada. Her contagious enthusiasm, organizational skills, and passion to see impact have been invaluable contributions to the Lemonade International team. After three years of service, while also attending school, Sommer has decided […]

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 […]

Introducing The Skinners – Serving in Guatemala

We are thrilled to introduce you to Dave, Beth, and Charlotte Skinner, who will be serving with us in Guatemala over the next year as Lemonade House Managers. With the flexibility of Dave’s job, which can be done remotely from Guatemala, the Skinners will work and live in the Lemonade House while providing house maintenance […]

How Child Sponsorship Changed My Life [Guest Post – Part 1]

The following post is from Lindsay Stevenson and it has been reposted from her blog, Little House Big World. Lindsay and her family sponsor Misael, one of the students who is enrolled in one of our academies in La Limoanda. Lindsay’s husband, Luke, recently returned from one of our short-term trip with their church, Ekklesia […]

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