Lemonade InternationalIt was with a deep sense of humility that I can announce that I have officially joined the board of Lemonade International. ┬áLemonade International exists to “educate and empower the people of the largest urban slum in Central America, La Limonada.”

La Limonada is known to have the 4th highest murder rate in the world. There is a saying in Guatemala City that “even Santa Claus doesn’t visit La Limonada.” I have shared with a few Guatemalan friends from here in the States that we visited there last summer and their response was “and you are not dead?!

By all accounts La Limonada is a hopeless place. But, by God’s account, it is a place where He is making beauty out of ashes. A Guatemalan woman named Tita has been serving this community since 1994. She is amazing. We like to call her the Mother Teresa of Central America. She has earned it. You can read the rest of the story here and more about the Ghetto here.

My journey towards this point started before we ever heard of Lemonade International. In 2005 my wife and I started the process of adopting our son from Guatemala.

That experience has made us passionate about our son’s home country. It was in the fall of 2009 that I met Bill Cummings at one of the IdeaCamp conferences. Bill was (and still is) serving as the director of Lemonade International. When I heard he was at the conference I made a mutual friend introduce us. You might say it was friendship at first sight. At least it was for me. Bill can tell if I creeped him out at all. I think within 10 minutes I offered to redesign his website as a gift to his organization (that website was finally launched last November). It was then that I also shared with Bill about how our church was interested in a sustainable long-term cross-cultural partnership with an organization that did not need us, but could benefit from an intentional partnership.

Fast forward 8 months and I had the privilege of leading an amazing team of 13 people from my church on a week of service in La Limonada. Our goal was to figure out if La Limonada was the place that God was calling us to invest long term.

Our week there confirmed that it is to this community that God has called us. We are now on a journey of discovering how we can come alongside the people of La Limonada to help bring hope to a fairly hopeless place.

I was honored when Bill asked me to serve on the board. It is my prayer that I will be able to use the gifts that God has given me to humbly serve and support the amazing people who are working in the Ghetto everyday with some of the most beautiful children in the world.

You are probably asking yourself, “Self, how can I also get involved?

Well, I am glad you asked!

I would be honored if you would join me in making a donation of $50 to the work in La Limonada today (I am not usually into talking about how much I give and when, but I want you to know I am asking you to do something I just did myself).

But wait, there is more! I have a friend who has promised to give $5 for every person who gives as a result of this post. So, if you give, be sure to mention my post in the notes section of the online giving.

You can do that online easily right here.