Lemonade International Blog

Sofia Balán 1.5.05 – 10.30.09

November 4, 2009

One of our new students at Escuela Mandarina left this earth on Friday morning, and went home to be with our amazing Creator. Sofia Balán died Friday morning after an apparent infection in her tonsils spread to her brain. She left the school Thursday after not feeling well, and was walked home by her teacher. […]

“Poco a poco”

November 2, 2009

(which translates to “little by little”)… As I sit down to write this I am in awe and at a loss for words for just how much God is moving and working here. I know he is moving and working everywhere, but this is where I’m at right now, so this is what I see. […]

In awe…

October 29, 2009

I posted this blog recently on my personal blog and Bill asked me to share this experience here as well… Friday afternoon we went to visit Marcelina and Braulio with 3 group members here from the States. We spent some time helping them with their telephone, but then Tita asked Gerardo, a pastor who works […]

Confirm Short-Term Group Dates for 2010

October 29, 2009

We’re encouraging all groups who desire to serve in La Limonada in 2010 to confirm dates as soon as possible. The calendar is beginning to fill up for spring and summer of next year, so the sooner your group dates are confirmed the better. In order to confirm dates, simply fill out the Lemonade International […]

All Funds Received For Completion Of Escuelita Mandarina Renovations!!

October 27, 2009

Thanks to the generosity of churches, families and individuals, all the funds have been raised for the completion of the renovations of Escuelita Mandarina in La Limonada! Tita, the team in Guatemala and our team here in the States, along with the children and families in La Limonada, are very grateful for every church, individual […]

Lifepointe – Raleigh, NC

October 26, 2009

Last week I had the privilege of leading a team of 11 people from Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC to Guatemala to serve the children and families of La Limonada. It was the culmination of about three months of planning, meetings, getting to know each other and praying together. The focus of the team’s […]

Give $10 Today… and Help Us Win $50,000!

October 9, 2009

You have the opportunity to help Lemonade International win $50,000 in “America’s Giving Challenge”. Facebook Causes, the Case Foundation, and PARADE Publications have partnered to organize a 30-day national competition that encourages people to leverage their personal networks and online social media to help win cash awards for non-profit organizations. Participants in America’s Giving Challenge […]

Ray Strecker – Lemonade Int’l Board Member – Guest Blog Post

October 8, 2009

A couple weeks ago, I led a team visit to Guatemala and La Limonada. As a member of the Lemonade International Board of Directors, Bill asked me to share some of my thoughts afterward. My wife, Carole and I were some of the first people to visit the building that has become Escuelita Mandarina just […]

A Friend… Taking Action

October 7, 2009

My friend, Ruth Alpha, and I worked together for several years at Lifechurch in Allentown, PA, and we share a common passion for the poor and oppressed around the world. A few months ago, Ruth contacted me to let me know she was interested in approaching the company she works for about doing a fundraiser […]

Feliz Dia del Niño!

October 5, 2009

October 1st here in Guatemala, is a BIG deal for kids. It’s “Dia del Niño” (or “Kids Day”) which is equivalent to Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate kids. So we celebrated for sure!!! We took the kids from Limon and Mandarina bowling… and they had such a blast. Most of […]

Love brings with it, Joy.

September 30, 2009

I know you hear me talk a lot about Child Sponsorship (CS), partly because that’s my job here, mostly because I absolutely LOVE seeing these kids light up because someone cares for them, someone genuinely loves them, someone is praying for them. It makes such an eternal impact on their lives that we will never […]

It’s not enough just to talk about love…

September 28, 2009

{{I posted this on my personal blog last week, and Bill asked me to share it here as well, since all this work is personal. Since it’s all about God’s heart for this place…}} On the norm I would say I’m a pretty joyful person. I laugh A LOT and usually pretty loudly. Just ask […]

Opal House – And Update On Mercy & Blankita

September 28, 2009

“An Opal is stone with a ‘broken heart’. It owes its beauty to the many fissures that allow the light to come in and refract. The more brokenness, the more beauty. We saw the analogy with the cracks in people’s lives that if they are willing to allow the Light of Christ to enter into […]

Help To Complete Mandarina School Renovations

September 23, 2009

As a result of the generosity and hard work of so many this year, we have been able to make significant progress on the renovations of the new “Mandarina” school in La Limonada. About 95 children have been attending school while saws have been buzzing and hammers have been banging all around them. They have […]

One Family’s Sacrifice – Making An Impact in La Limonada

September 21, 2009

This past spring, my wife, Cherie, and I were at an adoptive famlies picnic and Easter egg hunt with our daughter, Miyah. We spent some time talking to a lady Cherie had gotten to know from a play group. As we were talking, she said that she wanted to put us in touch with good […]

The finished project

September 18, 2009

Wow, talk about transformation! What started as an all white room in the beginning of the week has now become a forest of many colors. Susan, Rob and the team from Ohio did such an amazing job! I wish the video and pictures did justice to the beauty they created with their gift of art. […]

Guatemala Declares Calamity As Food Crisis Grows

September 17, 2009

Last week, an article was posted on CNN.com that reported on a declaration of a state of national calamity in Guatemala regarding a lack of food and nutrition among its citizens. Here is an exerpt from the article: “According to the World Bank, about 75 percent of Guatemalans live below the poverty level, which is […]

Gratitud – Thankfulness

September 14, 2009

Tita and I were talking the other day about all that needs to be done to complete the renovations on Escuelita Mandarina. Later that day, she called me back and said, “Bill, we have so much to be thankful for! Even if nothing else is done on the building, God has used people to bless […]

The start of something beautiful

September 12, 2009

There is an amazing artist couple here this week from Ohio, who are using their gifts and talents to paint a mural in one of the classrooms at Mandarina. This is day one… Check back next week for the completed project!

Shorty & Gerardo – September Update

September 8, 2009

The exploration process of establishing a church community in La Limonada is in full swing. Two Guatemalan pastors, Shorty and Gerardo, started working with our team in La Limonada last month to begin moving toward a “woshipping missional community” that is in partnership with the schools in La Limonada. They have been spending time visiting […]

A Miraculous Trip To The Hospital…

September 8, 2009

Tita received a phone call last Wednesday saying that Viejito (as we affectionately call him) was asking to go to the hospital. Since being injured after 2 different falls last year, he has been cared for by his neighbors. Last week, a screw that had been used in his knee replacement began to poke out […]

DurhamCares Guatemala Trip

September 2, 2009

DurhamCares is an organization with a mission to “engage all Durham residents in crossing boundaries to love their neighbors with both time and money in ways that show relationship and ongoing commitment“. After meeting DurhamCares co-founder and CEO of Bandwith.com, Henry Kaestner, last year, it was very evident that he has a passion for his […]

Givng Back

August 31, 2009

Last week one of the classes at Escuela Mandarina joined in to help the construction workers with what they’ve been laboring over for months. The students helped clean the school up where it has been being renovated, as well as cleaning up trash outside of the school. It was neat to see them enjoying giving […]

The Idea Camp DC – Compassion & Justice

August 21, 2009

A week from today, Lemonade International will be represented in Washington, DC at The Idea Camp DC – A Collaborative Movement of Idea Makers. The Idea Camp is a FREE, open source hybrid conference designed to help people move from the realm of ideas to implementation. We are gathering some of the most innovative and […]


August 19, 2009

It’s been amazing to see how God has sent people from across the US and around the world to serve for extended periods of time in La Limonada. Recently, April, spent several weeks in La Limonada as part of an internship through the Center for Transforming Mission. She lived in the house with Tita and […]

Getting Started – Shorty & Gerardo With The Teenagers

August 14, 2009

It’s worth the wait. This phrase has been ringing in my head lately, especially as it relates to Shorty and Gerardo starting to work in the ghetto. Tita and many others have been praying for a long time for God to send the right people to help establish a church community in La Limonada and […]

Shorty, Gerardo and a Collaborative Effort to Establish a Faith Community in La Limonada

August 13, 2009

Over the past few months there has been much prayer and activity focused on establishing a faith community in partnership with the schools in La Limonada. Tita and her close friend, Joel Van Dyke, who is the Latin America Director for the Center for Transforming Mission, have been spending a lot of time talking through […]

One Sewing Machine Makes A Difference

August 11, 2009

A young lady from Harrisburg, PA recently donated a sewing machine to one of the schools in La Limonada. What a hit it was with the kids! It has been a huge boost to their self esteem, and has provided them with an opportunity to see that they are able to learn to create something […]

River of Life – Baltimore, MD

August 9, 2009

Thanks to a connection through one of our board members, Bob Buse, four ladies from River Of Life Christian Center in Baltimore, MD spent the week serving in La Limonada. For each of them, it was their first opportunity to serve internationally. They took time to visit families in their homes and to pray for […]

Escuelita Mandarina Renovations Update – Video

August 8, 2009

Renovations at Escuelita Mandarina have been progressing along over the past several weeks. Thanks to our general contractor, Juan Carlos, and his workers… and the incredible help of donors and volunteer teams from the States, a lot has been accomplished in the the past couple weeks. Here is a tour of the progress…

A Splash of Color

August 7, 2009

As the renovations in Escuela Mandarina continue, we wanted to share some of the exciting process. Color on the walls! With most homes in La Limonada being very dark, closed, and dismal, it’s been neat to see this building transform into a place of light, hope, and brightness. Of course that doesn’t only come from […]

Teachers Meeting

August 7, 2009

Every Friday morning the teachers from both schools in La Limonada meet together for ongoing training, to discuss plans for the following week, to share about what is going on in the lives of the children in their respective classrooms and to take time to strengthen their relationships with each other. It is so great […]

75 Children Awaiting “Padrinas” (Sponsors)

August 5, 2009

It has been a little over a year since we officially launched our child sponsorship program, and it has been a very exciting year! Our first child was sponsored on July 8, 2008 and it amazes us to realize that 261 children have been sponsored since then. This vital program has provided so much for […]

Praying For Humility

August 4, 2009

Recently, Tita asked me to send the following message out to everyone… “I have being praying for repentance, humildad, conviction and salvation for the people for the Community of La Limonada. I would love everybody to acompañarnos to pray with us, por favor”! Thanks for your prayers, support and encouragement as our team works to […]

Rivers Crossing – Kings Mills, OH (Part 2)

July 28, 2009

The other day we provided you with a link to the day to day recap from the time the Rivers Crossing group spent in La Limonada. We wanted to follow up with a few more photos… and with a big “THANK YOU” from us and from our team in Guatemala! Our team there had nothing […]

Celebrate Recovery Team

July 27, 2009

A couple weeks ago, an incredible team from Amistad Foundation and Fellowship Bible Church in northwest Arkansas was with us for more training in Celebrate Recovery. Here’s an excerpt from an email that Rodney, the leader, sent home to supporters back in the states… What an amazing day in Guatemala! We started our day with […]

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