09 October 2009

Lemonade International

A ghetto divided into ten barrios, each barrio controlled by a separate gang, with death the penalty for crossing barrio lines. Electricity and running water are scarce, at best. Children grow up in a vicious cycle of poverty - girls get pregnant young; boys turn to stealing to survive.

But Lemonade International is working to change that - with Jesus' love and humanitarian aid, focused on children, delivered mostly through school. But there are only schools in two barrios, and no one can cross barrio lines.

There are between 60,000 and 100,000 people in the ten barrios. So by a rough calculation, 80% of the children can't go to school.

This pulls at my heart. Why should live in a room with a bed of my own and a sink and heat and AC when the least of these have none? Why should I get a paycheck every month while the least of these have to steal to survive? Why should I be protected by the US Air Force when the least of these are protected by fickle gangs?

Lemonade International has an opportunity for a year-long internship. I'm thinking about it. But it's not an easy process, applying there, leaving USAFA for a year, getting funds. There are significant barriers.

But, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." - Matthew 19:28-30

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