Lemonade International Blog

Category: Stateside Stories

Haircuts and Coffee for La Limonada

At Lemonade International, we believe in the power of relationship. This is perhaps seen most clearly in the academies, where teachers and psychologists build relationships of trust with the children in their care – children whose life experiences have given them lots of reasons to distrust others. But relationships are also what make our supporters […]

Scott Charles’ Lemonade Stand: #RunForLemonade

Scott Charles, a super-advocate and long-time child sponsor, challenged his friends and family to support his online Lemonade Stand, ‪#‎RunForLemonade,‬ and blew his financial goal out of the water! Today he shares about how God has wired him to run, accomplish hard things, and find creative ways to love the children of La Limonada. We […]

More Than A Math Project

Tammi Palpant is a long-time friend of Lemonade International. She has visited La Limonada twice and started sponsoring a child after her first trip, about five years ago. She has also been a teacher at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina for twelve years. This year she engaged six of her advanced fourth grade […]

Lent for La Limonada [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is written by Lindsay Stevenson, a faithful child sponsor and supporter of Lemonade International. She and her husband Luke have visited La Limonda with their church, Ekklesia in Raleigh, North Carolina. She blogs regularly at Little House Big World. If you’re a parent, you likely find yourself in the thick of daily […]

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 […]

Join us at the Justice Conference Charlotte

For those in the Charlotte area (and those able to get there on short notice!), we wanted to share a bit about the Justice Conference Charlotte, being held tomorrow and Saturday, Feb. 21 – 22 at Northside Baptist Church. You’ll get a chance to hear from nationally and internationally known speakers, participate in roundtable discussions, […]

Coffee as a Catalyst for Change [Guest Post]

This post is by John Huisman, a Raleigh-based blogger covering the local arts, entertainment, and dining scene in North Carolina’s Triangle region, encompassing Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. For more from John, check out his blog and follow him on Twitter @trianglexplorer. On Tuesday, October 16, I had the pleasure of attending a great event at […]

Sommer Wisher Has Joined The Lemonade International Team

We’re grateful to announce that Sommer Wisher has recently joined our staff part-time as Short-Term Groups Coordinator. We’re thankful for those who provided the funds specifically to make this happen. Sommer has been involved with our work since 2008 and has traveled to Guatemala four times since then. We’re excited to have Sommer join our […]

Our Wedding Lemonade Stand – Katie Hoiland

The following is reposted from Katie Hoiland’s blog. She and her husband, Tim, are awesome people with a passion for restoration, justice, compassion & peace for the most vulnerable around the world. We’re grateful that they raised $1,090 through their Wedding Lemonade Stand! It is hard to believe Tim and I were married almost six […]

Lemonade Stand Leads Tennessee Family To Sponsor Child

Jude Reiss’ parents set up a Lemonade Stand to celebrate his 4th birthday on February 29 – Leap Day 2012. Not only did Jude’s family and friends rally together to raise $1,021.96 to support the Safe Home, but the Welsh family who gave to support his Lemonade Stand also decided to sponsor a child. We […]

Former La Limonada Resident From California Buys LI T-Shirts Online

Recently, we received an order of three t-shirts from a young lady from California. When we sent her an email about her order she said, “I really want the three t-shirts because my family and I came from La Limonada, and we really want to help such a great organization!” Then in another email she […]

Web Design and Graphic Design – 100% Pro Bono

Over the years we’ve received many compliments on our graphic design and web design and each time I’m reminded how blessed we are to have had such excellent work done by people who have done it all for free. From our original logo design done by Justin Stewart and the web design done by Donnie […]

New Addition To Our Board Of Directors: Rebecca Caswell

It is an honor for us to announce a new addition to the Lemonade International Board of Directors, Rebecca Caswell. Rebecca was raised in Florida and extreme south Georgia in a large family. She decided to head north for college in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she met her husband, RJ, and graudated with a degree […]

Introducing Our New Stateside Interns

We’re excited to introduce two new interns who have begun working with us as part of our stateside team. Alejandra Urdaneta and Lindsay Roth are both students at North Carolina State University here in Raleigh, NC and both are bilingual so they will be a tremendous help with translation of sponsor letters and other documents. […]

God Moves At The Speed Of Friendship

A couple months ago I reconnected with the father of one of my daughter, Miyah’s, classmates from preschool. He reminded me that he wanted to put me in touch with his sister who is the missions director at a very large church in one of the largest cities in the US. Within a few days, […]


The following is reposted from the Athentikos blog. The people of Athentikos are partners and friends who produced the film ‘Reparando’ and who are in the middle of an exciting Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their upcoming film ‘Becoming Fools’. We are super excited to share this news with you: Athentikos received $4,000 from […]

Featured Charity @ Downtown Raleigh Marketing Event

We are excited to be the featured charity at the inaugural Downtown Raleigh Marketing event on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:00-7:30pm at Spy Raleigh. If you are in the downtown Raleigh area we would love for you to join us! Here are the details… At their best, marketing campaigns roll out seamlessly. But have you […]

Featured Partner: House Churches Can Do Great Things Too – Ordinary Community

We have found that relational connections have provided the most meaningful, rewarding and significant partnerships we have been honored to facilitate between people here in the US and the people of La Limonada. Such is the case with Chris Marshall and Ordinary Community. Chris was Rebecca Gant’s (the Lemonade Int’l Sponsorship Coordinator who serves in […]

Celebrating Our Third Anniversary Today

Three years ago today, Lemonade International was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of North Carolina after countless hours of prayer, and months of hard work from a core group of people (including Tita Evertsz, Leah Craver, Donnie Long, Cherie Cummings and me). While this is significant to us and a cause to […]

Lifepointe Ignited Youth Ministry 7th Grade Boys Take Action

A few weeks ago our youth ministry started a series based on a verse in the bible, James 1:27, which basically says that if you are going to take your faith seriously you need to help take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. Now, I lead the 7th grade boys small group […]

Sam Dedicates His Birthday To The Children Of La Limonada…. Again!

Last year, Sam, an 11-yr old boy from the Cincinnati, OH area, dedicated his birthday to support the children of La Limonada. He asked his friends to make donations to Lemonade International instead of giving him gifts. For his 11th birthday, he and his friends raised $360! Sam’s sister, Olivia was also inspired to raise […]

Two New Additions To Our Board Of Directors

It is our honor to announce two new additions to the Lemonade International Board Of Directors. Todd Hiestand: Todd was introduced to Lemonade International in 2009 when he and Bill Cummings met at a conference in DC. They were drawn together because Todd and his wife Melanie adopted their second son from Guatemala. In 2010 […]

Guest Blog Post: “Love For Lemonade”

Hey there! My name is Daniela, but most people call me Ms. Lombardo. I am an elementary school teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Many people think of teaching as a great profession that comes with the benefit of vacation during the holidays, and a two-month break during the summer. For me, teaching just happens to […]

Great Weekend In Cincinnati

Over the past couple years the Cincinnati, OH area has become a major hub of activity with many new connections being made with the La Limonada community – which helped to create a great opportunity for a road trip this weekend.  Cherie, Miyah and I made the beautiful 500-mile drive through North Carolina, Virginia, West […]

Something Sublime – Raising Funds For Lemonade Int’l

It’s amazing to learn how business owners and individuals are taking action and developing their own means of raising awareness and support for the work in La Limonada. Most recently, one of the child sponsors let us know she wanted to donate 25% of the purchase price of photos she is selling on Etsy. Her […]

Final Report From “Ocho Cinco Month”

Five Dayton, OH area Friendly’s Restaurants owned by friends and partners, Kevin and Nona Peyton, just completed a monthlong fundraising and awareness-raising campaign they dubbed “Ocho Cinco” (creatively titled especially for Cincinnati Bengals fans in the area). Throughout the month they sold five (“cinco”) kids meals for eight (“ocho”) dollars among other things to raise […]

La Limonada – Tattooed on our Hearts

The following is a guest post from Todd Hiestand, pastor at The Well in Suburban Philadelphia. Todd and 13 others from his church served with us in June and these are his reflections on their time with us. You can read Todd’s blog here and follow him on twitter here. I always love it when […]

Eric – From La Limonada To Los Angeles And Back

One afternoon about a month ago I received a phone call from an area code I didn’t recognize. The accent I heard from the voice on the other end was very familiar to me, but when the man identified himself as Eric from Los Angeles, CA I knew I didn’t know him personally. With a […]

We’re Proud To Announce a New Partnership With… Today’s Cliché

We are proud (and very excited) to announce a new partnership with the Today’s Cliché blog! Kat & Dave (the awesome couple behind Today’s Cliché) have personally been partners of Lemonade International for over a year. They chose to sponsor a child – Andrea Rodriguez – from one of our schools in La Limonada in […]

Danilo Sponsored By Ohio 8th Grader

We recently received an online donation of $420 for a full year of Child Sponsorship with the following note in the comments box: My son Ryan took cash in leiu of presents this year for Christmas, and has saved enough to sponsor a child… yippee!!! He would like to sponsor Danilo @ Limón… is that […]

Sam’s 11th Birthday – Dedicated to Helping The Children of La Limonada

One of our child sponsors, Nona, from the Cincinnati, OH area, has been to La Limonada two times in the past six months and has passionately shared with her friends about what God is doing in the community and in the lives of the children there. Nona’s experience in La Limonada inspired her friend, Susan, and her […]

Follow Up: A Friend… Taking Action

On Wednesday, October 14, Worth & Company, Inc hosted a bake sale at their headquarters in Pipersville, PA, thanks to the persistence and hard work of our friend, Ruth Alpha. Ruth made some homemade lemonade, set up a donation box complete with the Lemonade Int’l logo, and she and her coworkers baked some incredible goodies. […]

Creative Generosity

A few weeks ago, we were contacted by a Lemonade International supporter who spent some time in La Limonada a couple years ago. He let us know that he had some gold coins he would like to cash in and donate to a project we were raising funds for. After talking through this, he decided […]

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