Lemonade International Blog

LI and Lifepointe – Report From Our Time in La Limonada

January 27, 2009

Last week, Donnie and I joined up with five people from Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC to spend the week serving in La Limonada. It was an incredible time as it always is for us in La Limonada! That place has become like a second home for us. We were able to deliver gifts […]

LI and LifePointe Unite in La Limonada

January 21, 2009

It has been an incredible week so far here in Guatemala as Bill and Donnie from Lemonade International and a group from Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC have united to converge on La Limonada. We have had the opportunity to see the new school building for the first time. We’ve visited with teachers we have […]

Sommer, Tita, Alberto & La Limonada

January 12, 2009

After sponsoring Alberto, Sommer Wisher, the Family Life Director for Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC, just had to visit La Limonada and meet him face to face. This video is footage from Sommer’s experience in La Limonada and from spending time with Alberto and the children at “La Escuelita”.

Thousands Stand Against Violence in Guatremala City

January 11, 2009

According to Spero News, over 10,000 people participated in a Peace Walk in Central Guatemala city on January 10 to stand against the the increase of murder, rape, abductions, drug addiction and drug-related violence. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The year 2008 ended with a regrettable memory for our country of a tragic […]

Getting Ready For A New School Year

January 9, 2009

As many of you know, the school year in Guatemala runs from January-November… so this is an exciting time of year for Tita and her team in La Limonada! With the help of some generous partners, we have purchased a new building for the new school on “The Other Side” that will enable us to […]

Not Only Children… But Whole Families

January 7, 2009

About a year ago, Hilda began working with Tita and two of her three children, Daniel and Angel, began attending “La Escuelita”. At the time, Hilda’s husband, Miguel, was abusing drugs and alcohol and there were serious problems in their home and with the behavior of the children. Not long after that, Hilda told Tita […]

40 More Kids Sponsored!!

January 4, 2009

Thanks to the amazing people of Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC, 40 more kids are sponsored! It was an incredible time with a great group of people who have been so supportive of our work with the people of La Limonada! It’s also been a great weekend for our Stateside Team to be together. […]

2009 – A Look Ahead

January 2, 2009

As we look back at what has happened through our organization in our first nine months, it is amazing to think of all that has taken place. We were incorporated in March, began our child sponsorship program in July, received our favorable determination letter for our 501(c)(3) status in September, helped to purchase a new […]

And The Winner Is…

January 1, 2009

Although we didn’t reach 1,000 members by midnight… we did have some incredible recruiting efforts from our LI Facebook Cause members (including from some brand new members)!! We did reach 926 members by midnight last night… and we want to thank all of you for your efforts in helping us get the word about about […]

The 1,000 Member Facebook Cause Challenge – “Upping The Ante”

December 30, 2008

OK…. First of all thanks so much for all your recruiting efforts. We are now only 128 members short of our goal of 1,000 members by New Year’s Day 2009! And a new recruiter has busted her way into the Top 5: Kate Dundon (Don’t worry Carolyn… you are still tied for 5th!). Since we […]

The 1,000 Member Facebook Cause Challenge

December 28, 2008

As of today we have 814 Lemonade International Facebook Cause members. The challenge is to get to 1,000 by New Year’s Day 2009. So, we have 186 more members to add in just 4 days!! Our top recruiters have been huge in helping us get the word out about our work among the incredible people […]

School Shoes For Christmas… Delivered!

December 23, 2008

Thanks to so may of you who donated over the past month! Because of your generosity, School Shoes were delivered to more than 260 children in La Limonada over the past few days! About 60 children on “The Other Side” were invited to a special Christmas bowling party over the weekend where all of them […]

Added Rotating Headers / Changed Colors

December 21, 2008

If you refresh the page a few times, you’ll see that I have added a rotating headers feature.  All you have to do is to add headers that you want in a specific folder (details will be in the download) and then the headers will show up in the rotation. If you would only want […]

Lemonade International @ Lifepointe Church in Raleigh

December 21, 2008

We have established an awesome partnership with Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh, NC. Donnie Williams and the whole staff have been incredibly supportive in giving us an opportunity to share our work with the church community. We were with them last Sunday and will be there again the first two Sundays of January. They have […]


December 20, 2008

Not so fast, I am still in the development stage.  I would love your feedback. Take a look around and let me know if you see any glitches or things that aren’t working.  Leave me a comment or use my contact form.

Upcoming: Lean and Clean Theme

December 20, 2008

I am in the midst of developing and releasing this theme that you see here to the public. I am hoping to offer a few different ways to implement the theme for advanced users of wordpress as well as people who really have no clue what to do with html and CSS. I am working […]

Pray For Rick

December 15, 2008

Please pray for our friend, Rick Grove. I just talked with him as he was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a heart episode that occurred about a week ago that led to the need for open heart surgery. He is recovering well and feeling much better, but would be grateful for your prayers […]

How You Can Help

December 14, 2008

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how they can help the work of LI. Here are some practical ways you can make an impact and help bring hope to the people of La Limonada: 1. Join our Facebook Cause and invite your friends to join 2. Follow us on Twitter 3. Send […]

School Shoes – Thank You From Tita

December 8, 2008

We officially have reached our goal to be able to get school shoes for Christmas for all the children at both schools in La Limonada! We actually received more than we needed to cover the shoes, so the donations received over and above the cost of the shoes will help to provide a great Christmas […]

More From The Art Camp

December 5, 2008

One of the volunteers posted on a bog about some of the experiences at the Art Camp. You just have to read the following two posts!!!http://diasporaofhope.blogspot.com/2008/11/guatamala-city-meets-el-faro.html http://diasporaofhope.blogspot.com/2008/11/boy-named-moshi-and-ocean-that-knows.html

Art Camp – Photos

December 4, 2008

For those of you who were involved in the Art Camp for about 80 of the kids from La Limonada… thank you so much for the huge impact that week had on their lives! It was a week they will never forget. Tita told me tonight, “It may have only lasted 5 days, but for […]

School Shoes For Christmas

December 2, 2008

Some of you have asked how you can help the children of La Limonada as Christmas approaches. Each year Tita and her team host a Christmas party for the children and present each of them with a new pair of shoes… shoes that will last for the entire year. To us, a new pair of […]


December 1, 2008

This is a shortened version of the PowerPoint presentation we show when speaking to groups. It will provide you with a summary of the work we are involved in and of our outlook for the future.

Lemonade @ NC State

November 18, 2008

Corrugated tin. For us it’s used as a backdrop to make our presentation. For those in La Limonada it’s called home. I can’t help but notice the stark contrast as these 2 different worlds collide. This week we (Bill, Cherie, myself and great friends who joined us) had the privilege of setting up in the […]

Maria’s Sponsor Child

November 18, 2008

Jeremiah from Vineyard Central has been in La Limonada for the past week. When we were in Cincinnati with the VC community in August, Maria was one of the people from the church to make the commitment to sponsor a child. Jeremiah lives in the same neighborhood as Maria and knows about her commitment to […]

Emergent Village Weblog Post

November 17, 2008

Thanks to Steve Knight, the Emergent Village Weblog includes a post today about our work in La Limonada. Please take some time to check out the post and leave a comment:http://www.emergentvillage.com/weblog/loving-and-befriending-the-poor-in-la-limonada Thanks so much for sharing in our passion for the work of Lemonade International!

Arts Camp 2008

November 12, 2008

BuildaBridge together in partnership with Estrategia de Transformación is conducting an Arts Camp for more than 80 children from La Escuelita in La Limonada.The camp will take place from November 24-28 at a beautiful retreat center near Puerto Barrios, Guatemala (about a 5 hour drive from Guatemala City) on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. […]

House Concert

November 8, 2008

We just got back from the home of a family here in Raleigh who hosted a “House Concert” with Joel Close the Worship & Arts Pastor from Lifepointe Church here in town (where Sommer is also a staff member). The people of Lifepointe have been incredible this year as we have begun the work of […]

The Edge – Atco, NJ

November 4, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be with the The Edge in Atco, NJ – where my childhood friend, Dennt Sant, is the pastor. What a great group of people… with a heart for their community and for the world. So far, three more children were sponsored from our time together… and our […]

“How Do My Kids Get a Padrina?”

October 27, 2008

Leaving La Limonada is always an emotional experience. After all that happens in the days while we are there… our hearts and minds are racing… trying to process it all… and dreaming of how we can do more for the community. At Lemonade International we have committed to make child sponsorship our top priority for […]

So Much Happens…

October 23, 2008

In just a few days in La Limonada it is amazing how much happens… Home visits spark conversations, deepened relationships and prayer. Walking through the community we stop to provide water and pray for an older woman that is clearly dehydrated, malnourished, and high from sniffing glue. Former gang members are visited in their homes […]

Alberto meets Sommer

October 16, 2008

Up until this past Monday Alberto was a child in Sommer’s heart, and a picture on her fridge to remind her to pray for him.  Sommer was a photo to Alberto of someone in the U.S. who cared about him.  When they got to meet face to face while Sommer was in La Limonada, I […]

it’s just great…

October 9, 2008

We are finally finished with all of the sponsor cards for over 200 students at La Escuelita, this is such an exciting thing!!! It has been months of getting organized, getting birthdays, and this week, finishing up all of the photos. If you would like to sponsor a child, on the Lemonade Website, simply click […]

being back in La Limonada…

October 6, 2008

Leah here. (in case you were wondering!) There’s something about being here and working on Lemonade first-hand on the Guatemalan side that is just so intoxicating to me.  There is SO MUCH to be done with taking children’s pictures, making support cards, etc. but it barely even feels like work because this is our heart: […]

El Día del Niño

October 4, 2008

In Guatemala, the first day of October is “El Día del Niño” (or “Children’s Day”)… it is just as big of a deal in Guatemalan culture as our Mother’s day and Father’s Day. On Wednesday at both schools in La Limonada there was a big celebration for the kids. Here are some photos from the […]

Leah’s On Her Way to Guatemala

October 3, 2008

In preparation for being in Guatemala for all of 2009, Leah Craver is leaving for Guatemala today and will be there for most of the month of October. Since meeting Tita and spending nine days in La Limonada a little more than four years ago, Leah has spent a significant amount of time in Guatemala […]

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