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Gaby rises above her lack of papers to receive an education

At the age of seven, Gaby enrolled at an academy despite the obstacles she faced as a young girl. Before entering the program in 2014, Gaby had no way of verifying her age. Her mother’s involvement in selling drugs deterred her from filing a birth certificate with the government. Without a birth certificate, Gaby had […]

What Is Our Hope?

The reality for children growing up in the “red zone” of La Limonada—a term given by the Guatemalan government to indicate danger to the rest of the city—is not very hopeful. From their earliest moments of life, most of these children have known hunger and trauma, as well as some form of abuse, neglect, and […]

The Burden of an Empty Room

Help Shine the Bright Light of Enduring Justice in La Limonada

Have you heard? Did someone tell you already? Imagine the buzz around Bethlehem just a few days after Jesus was born. Especially after a group of humble shepherds came running in from the fields talking about a message they received from an a capella sky-choir of angels, the town surely couldn’t ignore that something amazing […]

Imago Dei La Limonada – Meet Rotvin

“I always felt that I did not exist to my real mother.” Rotvin’s story is an example of one of the many challenges that extreme poverty inflicts on the people of La Limonada. He comes from a place of abandonment, abuse and anxiety within his home. However, his story is now one of hope, support, […]

5th Academy Update from Chal Knox

I recently celebrated my two-year anniversary as the Executive Director of Lemonade International, and these last two years have been a whirlwind to say the least! God has done so much for the La Limonada community. As I look back on all that He has done for all of us, I am reminded of His […]

Gracias, Silvia Lopez!

We are so grateful to Silvia Lopez for her commitment and service to Lemonade International, Vidas Plenas, and the people of La Limonada. Not only did Silvia serve behind-the-scenes as our Service Learning Trips and Communications Liaison for over a year, but her shepherding gifts and sweet smile encouraged everyone she came in contact with […]

Announcing the Naranja Academy!

  With “Hope on the Horizon” in La Limonada the construction for Naranja, the 5th academy, is officially underway! We invite you to participate and celebrate what God is doing through Lemonade International. We will be serving a new community of children and families and we need your help to make that happen! Your generosity […]

Imago Dei, La Limonada – Meet Yami

Today…we are thrilled to share Yamilet’s story with you – or as everyone knows her, “Yami.” Yami is the daughter of Rebecca who cooks meals for the children at the Toronja academy. Rebecca is able to provide a stable family life for Yami, her three brothers and sister. She is the leader in her home […]

Walking the Streets of La Limonada

If you have ever walked the streets of La Limonada, you know firsthand… That love is confirmed in presence. That true joy can be found in difficult places. That peace is needed in the physical and the spiritual. That beauty is often found in the mess of life. That hope can be birthed from hardship […]

We are Thankful for Hope This Christmas Season

What is it that has energized you this holiday season? Shopping for presents? Baking cookies? The thought that in just a few days the stresses of “celebrating” will all be over? At Lemonade International we are so grateful that you have taken time out of your schedule this year to support the work going on […]

Speak of Joy – A reflection on Child Sponsorship

By Christa Heinzelman “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.” Preverbs 3: 13-14 One person, one response, one moment, one forever memory…ONE is all we need to make a difference. For me, […]

Give Christmas 2018

Just over ten years ago God began using Lemonade International and the first “Limon” academy to give hope to a group of families in La Limonada, Guatemala by surrounding them with love, encouragement, and academic support to keep them out of gangs. And what a decade it has been! As we celebrate Christmas during the […]

Introducing New Lemonade International Board Member: Dan Fuhrman

We are excited to introduce Dan Fuhrman as the newest member of the Lemonade International Board of Directors. Read a little bit about Dan below. Who are you? My name is Dan Fuhrman, though my family calls me Danny. Very blessed child of God. Loving husband to an amazing woman. A proud father of four […]

A Snapshot of Serving La Limonada for 10 years: Our Story

Over 10 years ago Tita Evertsz started serving the community of La Limonada. This community of over 60,000 people developed out of a 36 year-long civil war – the longest in Latin American history. During these years, dictators and military leaders committed despicable acts of violence and terror against their people. These atrocities led to a massacre […]

Save the Date! Join us in Celebrating 10 Years of Serving La Limonada

  We are excited to announce that Lemonade International is celebrating 10 years of serving La Limonada! It’s hard to believe that it was just 10 years ago that our founder Bill Cummings and his team were first introduced to Tita, her team and this amazing community. God has done so much over the 10 […]

Welcome Silvia Lopez as our new Service Learning Trips and Communication Liaison

For the past few years we have been blessed to have Beth Skinner serve as our Service Learning Trips Coordinator. Beth, and her husband Dave, have been (and will continue to be!) good friends of Lemonade International. They even spent a year living in Guatemala City serving the people of La Limonada. Beth is currently […]

In La Limonada as In Heaven: The Kingdom, the Power & the Glory

As we conclude our blog series on the Lord’s Prayer called “In Limonada as it is in Heaven,” we invite you to pray with us recognizing that God is in control and to appeal to him to make his Glory known through the people of La Limonada. Read: Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part […]

Thanks, Katie Hoiland!

We want to share a deep and heartfelt “thank you” to Katie Høiland for giving her whole heart to Lemonade International, Vidas Plenas and the beautiful people of La Limonada over the last few years.  Earlier this year she made the decision to transition out of her role as our Director of Strategic Advancement and […]

Tita’s Visit to Taylor University and Forest Hill Church

Tita recently had the opportunity to speak at Taylor University Chapel (video above) as well as at on of our partner churches, Forest Hill Church.  At Forest Hill Church that Sunday morning, over 30+ kids were sponsored in the Toronja Academy! We encourage you to take a few minutes and watch the video above. Here, […]

Give Thanks, Give Food

In two days, families and friends in the United States will gather to celebrate God’s lavish provision and generosity to each of us. And as we give thanks for each other and for the abundance of food set before us, we hope you will think of those who don’t have quite as much. The children […]

Announcing Our New Executive Director

Thank you for walking with us as our co-founder Bill Cummings made the decision to transition out of his role as executive director into his role as an emeritus board member. After a prayerful and diligent search process, the Lemonade International Board of Directors has selected Charles Knox as our next executive director. Charles comes […]

Give Dreams – Donations And Impact Doubled For The Next Two Days!

A generous donor has offered to give $5,000 to fund scholarships for half of our unsponsored scholars for the first quarter of 2017 – but we have to match his gift dollar for dollar. This is an opportunity to do twice the good with one donation! A gift of $50 will be matched to provide […]

4 Christmas Gifts That Give Back to La Limonada

It is our JOY to highlight a few amazing gift ideas from friends and partners who have taken their skills and passions to create quality products that honor everyone from the maker to the children in La Limonada. They have chosen to donate a portion of their proceeds to our Give Christmas campaign and to […]

Give Teachers Wages This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with the teachers who invest in the children. We have a vision to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and injustice in La Limonada through gospel-centered education and gang prevention. We want to […]

A Love That Stays [Advent Series]

This Advent season, as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we have invited a series of bloggers to reflect on hope, peace, joy, and love. We invite you to reflect with us on the implications of what Jesus did on our behalf and on behalf of the people of La Limonada. During […]

Give in honor of a loved one

What could make Christmas more meaningful than to honor your loved ones with gifts that also have life-changing impact on the children and families in La Limonada? We have two wonderful tribute options available, to let your friends and family know about the gift you made in their honor: When you select one or several […]

Spread the Word This Christmas

Give Christmas is an opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Our goal is to raise $80,000 this Christmas. These essential funds represent practical gifts that equip the children, youth, and […]

Give Education This #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, an emerging global movement kicking off a season of generosity as a counterpart to the popular shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day to unite our voices around the importance of giving as an essential part of this season. In the spirit of generosity and solidarity with […]

A Pathway to Peace in La Limonada This Christmas

Give Christmas begins today! This is our opportunity to come together to work for the peace on earth that Jesus came to bring – starting with La Limonada, a community dominated by deep poverty, gang culture, and violence. Over the next six weeks, our goal is to raise $80,000. These essential funds will provide practical gifts […]

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 […]

Photo of the Week

(by Lizza Majus)

Photo of the Week

Peace on earth, goodwill to men (Photo by Silent Images)

Give Shoes and School Supplies This Christmas

What if the only thing stopping your child from going to school next year was a pair of sneakers? Or a box of pencils and other basic school supplies? It’s hard to imagine, but in La Limonada these simple needs sometimes stand between children and their education. We want to make sure that’s no longer […]

Photo of the Week

Photos Of The Week

In honor of the schools starting, enjoy these extra pictures taken during the week

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