LNFI is a non-profit organization that exists to glorify God by providing "a hand up, not a hand out," to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support.
The first month at Van Zandt Guinn has been all about getting to know the children and building relationships! The children are learning the LNFI Creed and the importance of being a World Changer. Each week our Specialists share a “Specialist Spark”. One shared that a student of hers has been struggling with addition and she was working with the student. By the end of the week the student showed the Specialist that she had made a 100 on a math test! A little motivation can be very encouraging! ~Kathleen Griffin, Site Supervisor
The LNF After-School Program at Eastern Hills is growing! The students are excited and eager to learn new things. The staff is coming in daily with big smiles on their faces. During the third week, transitions with the students were prompt. The students were rewarded with LNF behavior bucks. We are still working on ensuring our transitions are good daily. The staff comes to work prepared and on-time. Communication is the key to success and I’m thankful for a great team at EHES! ~Katrice Reed, Site Supervisor
The first month at I. M. Terrell has been great! We were super excited to see both old and new smiling faces! It has been especially rewarding to see some of our students from last year come back with improved attitudes and behavior. The kids are really listening and responding better to our program this school year! Love Never Fails After-School at IMT is really hoping to make a greater impact this year with the students, families, school and community! ~China Tarvin, Site Supervisor
Our first month at J.P. Elder has been wonderful. The students here are always enthusiastic about our program! We have developed new relationships with each of the them and our staff loves working with them. Our students always leave excited to come back for the next day!! ~Janice Park, Site Supervisor
We cannot believe that the 2015/16 school year is already here! This year, LNFI has added two new schools: Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary and J.P. Elder Middle School! We are overwhelmed with joy as we continue to see the expansion of our programs. This school year alone, LNFI will serve over 240 at-risk and impoverished children!
We are especially excited at the opportunity to grow our programs to reach middle school students. J.P. Elder is located in the infamous Fort Worth Stockyards and is the largest middle school in Fort Worth; enrolling over 1,200 students this year. We will address issues such as self-worth, truancy, work-ethic, respect, determination and purpose through a variety of projects and events! LNFI is eager to see our preteens and teens lives’ forever changed! A long-term impact goal is to serve our children from second thru 8th grades and with this new school year. We are closer than ever to reaching this goal!
LNFI has incredible plans for this year for all our programs. We know that this year is going to be one of our best years yet!
Love Never Fails International exists to glorify God by providing “ a hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support. Last month, LNFI held their staff trainings to prepare for the 2015/16 school year! In training, we discussed one’s purpose in life. LNFI has had many staff members go on to become educators or advocates for education after finding their experience in the LNFI programs. We are eager to see passions develop into life purposes in our staff and volunteers this school year!
In April our programs hosted a “Countries Around the World” Family Social! The students at Eastern Hills and I.M. Terrell have been studying several countries around the world during their Social Studies lessons. Each color team picked a country and displayed fun facts, created decorations, and tasted some awesome foods that represented each specific country. At I.M. Terrell, the Dance Team performed an African dance and everyone received passports and got stamped as they visited each country! The Eastern Hills students did group presentations and made crafts to represent each country like pipe cleaner bicycles for France!
On Saturday, April 25, 2015 our S.T.E.M. Club students at Eastern Hills and I.M. Terrell competed in the 26th Annual River Legacy Cardboard Boat Regatta at Six Flag’s Hurricane Harbor. The students had to design and build a boat made completely of cardboard while using only a limited amount of supplies. The students worked on their boats for 4 weeks and they did an amazing job! In order to build a successful boat the students had to use academic components such as: measurements, geometry, engineering design, and lots of creativity. The Terrell students built a “Rio” themed boat called the “Rio Grande.” At Eastern Hills the students boat was named, “The Bull.” The students at Eastern Hills and I.M. Terrell both showed lots of Team Spirit and Pride in their boats!
We are very proud of our S.T.E.M. Club Students for all their hard work!
On March 28, 2015, LNFI hosted the first March Madness Basketball Tournament at I.M. Terrell Elementary. We had an awesome STAAR Halftime Pep Rally to encourage and motivate our students to “beat the STAAR” during the upcoming testing week. Each player received a special pencil bag filled with test-taking goodies! Aside from playing basketball, this tournament had a unique purpose: giving to others. Our afterschool children have been planning and implementing their own Kids-N-Action community project. They decided to gather “Beat the Heat” backpacks for the homeless, so as part of each team’s registration, they had to donate one backpack filled with summer essentials. The Texas Christian University’s mascot, SuperFrog, came out in his basketball gear to present medals to the team who collected the most backpacks! Over 20 backpacks were donated and we could not be more proud to see our children changing the world as they learn that it only takes one idea and many hearts at giving back!
Congratulations I.M. Terrell Panthers – the 2015 March Madness Champions!
Starting in the Fall of 2014, LNFI added extracurricular activities to our programs. We have started a “Little Chefs” cooking class, our own basketball teams, art and S.T.E.M. clubs and will begin ballet and tennis classes next week! LNFI believes that exposing students to enriching activities will expand their perspectives of life and their future, while introducing them to opportunities of higher education.
Our Little Chefs are learning basic culinary skills as they read a book and make food creations such as “sweetheart kabobs,” “ruby snacks” and more! Both basketball teams have had lots of fun and become best of friends during weekly practices and their monthly tournaments! Our Art and S.T.E.M. clubs have several big projects coming this semester, including the Fort Worth Transportation Reflections contest and the Boat Regatta event (stay tuned). They have created paper mache masks, treasure boxes and helped decorate their schools with fun and creative art! We love seeing our kids light up with excitement as they explore and create new things every day in our afterschool programs.
On January 10th, 2015 LNFI held the annual I.M. Terrell Basketball Classic. This year we had 7 elementary school teams participating in the tournament; South Hi Mount, Sunrise McMillan, Mitchell Blvd., David K. Sellars, Carroll Peak, Eastern Hills and I.M. Terrell. The tournament kicked off at 9 am as Sunrise McMillan’s Jaguars went against the South Hi Mount Colts. The Jaguars came out on top for the first game of the tournament. Other first round winners were Mitchell Blvd. over David K. Sellars and Carroll Peak over Eastern Hills. The second round started off with last year’s reigning champion, I.M. Terrell, against Sunrise. The I.M. Terrell Panthers won in the last minute and moved on to the championship round. Mitchell Blvd. pulled out a huge lead in the second half and won against the Carroll Peak Dragons. The I.M. Terrell Panthers battled it out against the Mitchell Blvd. Mustangs for the Basketball Classic title. Terrell was in the lead until the last quarter, but after the half Mitchell Blvd. came back with full force and won the game!
Congratulations to the Mitchell Blvd. Mustangs – you are the 2015 Champions!
We are so proud of every team that participated and know that they worked so hard all semester practicing! You all fought a good fight! See you next year!
Help us kick off our summer preparation for an incredible 2014-2015 school year where we will be serving TWICE as many children!
When: June 25th & 26Where: Bahama Bucks (5636 N. T
th from 6 – 9 PM
arrant Pkwy, Suite 100, Fort Worth)
****20% of all proceeds during this time will be donated to LNFI for our after-school programs!****
A great THANK YOU to the CCFW Youth Group for volunteering their time to spread the word about LNFI and promote this event! What a fun time we had with yummy treats & snoballs!
LNFI had their annual Health & Sports Day on Saturday April 20th. Thanks to the generosity of BNSF and many dedicated partners, and the volunteers from BNSF and Calvary Chapel Fort Worth , the event was a huge success! Each school was assigned a color which served to unify them and make the kids feel like a team. They spray-painted their hair, painted their faces, wore bandanas and bracelets, and even duct taped their clothes with their team colors. The kids had so much fun playing soccer, basketball, football, learning about nutrition, and taking a Zumba class! At the end of the day the kids ate a wonderful lunch and each child went home with a prize. Health Day was a greate opportunity to let our students work as teams, and have fun, but also to help them realize how many people love and care about them.
We would like to thank the following for helping us make Health & Sports day such a huge success!
Paul Anderson for the wonderful prizes!
Calvary Chapel Fort Worth for the numerous volunteers!
Matthew’s Office City for funding transportation costs!
Academy for their gift cards for supplies!
Walmart for their gift cards for spirit items!
UNT Health & Science Center for their wonderful volunteers and awesome Nutrition Station!
The Adair Group for giving such wonderful t-shirts! (Visit their website to order customize t-shirts http://www.theadairgroup.com/)
The students of LNFI visited several nursing homes to pass out the Valentine’s Day cards they have been making. One group visited the Legacy Senior Residences. The students had a wonderful time knocking on doors and handing out their valentines. Every door the students came to they announced, “We’re here to spread love and joy!” The kids showed great affection by giving hugs and posing for pictures. The resident’s hearts were very touched, and some even started tearing up. One resident wrote a letter to their school praising LNFI, telling how the kids brought her so much joy and happiness. It was a wonderful field trip that showed our students that the tiniest gesture of kindness can have a huge impact on someone’s day.
The students of Love Never Fails, along with their families, were invited to go see a Fort Worth Brahmas hockey game this past month. This was the first hockey game for many of the families. For one of our students, Jermaine, this was a brand new and particularly exciting experience. He was so fascinated by how fast the players could skate and how hard they would hit each other. He loved cheering, “Go Brahmas!” All of the kids loved sitting above the goalie where they made up their own chants. Thanks to the Fort Worth Brahmas hockey team these students were able to enjoy what was for many of them a unique experience. They are forming memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!
The report cards are in! The students from the LNFI after school program who made the A/B honor roll were treated to dinner at Dickey’s Barbecue. Six out of the nine well-deserving students were able to attend along with their directors. They enjoyed brisket, chicken nuggets, pulled pork sandwiches, and ended the night with ice cream. The kids really got along well together and even sang songs on the way home, making it apparent that friendships were being formed. Through the kindness of Dickey’s Barbecue we were able to reward these children for all their hard work.
The students of LNFI visited the Kimbell Art Museum this past week. They were given a guided tour where they were shown several paintings and learned the history behind these works of art. One of the more intriguing paintings we saw was one painted by Michelangelo when he was only 12 years old. The LNFI kids were astounded that a boy, little older than them, could create something so interesting and unique. It was a wonderful field trip that was both engaging and educational.
The mission team went down to Reynosa this past December. Diana Garcia was so kind to write a little bit about their trip:
The children were amazing as children usually are. Casa Hogar, is a lighthouse not only for orphans, but abandoned children and for poverty stricken families who can’t afford to send their children to school or to feed them. At Casa Hogar, the children get three meals a day, homeschooling, uniforms and lots of love and attention. The Mission Team was able to attend church with Sister Elma and the staff. On Monday we divided into teams of 2s and 3s to help with each age group as they made the prepared Christmas crafts. We enjoyed the children enjoying themselves. A Christmas tree was decorated and a Christmas pageant was put together and presented in a matter of a few minutes; with songs, costume, and narration. All the while a team worked steadily at completing two shelf units for a classroom. I had the opportunity to be in a group that helped restore the entrance mural because it was worn and weather beaten. It was a mission on steroids as so many goals were accomplished in two ministry days.
Ps 68:6 says, “God makes a home for the lonely”… and I thought that’s Casa Hogar! Casa Hogar: Home – it is what the children dream of; a house that will also be their home.
For only $1 a day, you can provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, education and love to these children.
Every year LNFI selects the top student of each of our programs to attend a special trip for one weekend. This year we had five wonderful kids that were selected to go to our Holiday Heroes Trip in Fort Worth, TX, which was themed “Christmas Downtown.” The children enjoyed downtown life as they toured the museum and went from shop to shop. They had dinner at the Mercury Chop House, and were even given a tour of the kitchen and met the executive chef who talked to them about hard work and dedication. The owner asked them what they wanted for dinner and they shouted “Steak Pizza!” As the night went on the girls kept saying how “fancy” everything was, and you could tell that they all felt so special. We ended the night with a devotional time about the true meaning of Christmas and the kids got to open their donated gifts. The kids played all night with one another and their new toys, and by bedtime one little girl said that “this is my best day ever in my whole life. I’ve go to pinch myself.” The kids ended the trip ice skating at the NYTEX Sports Centre where they had the whole rink to themselves. Like they all said when we first picked them up, “this is going to be the best night ever,” this Holiday Heroes Trip in downtown Fort Worth was just that.
Firefighters in the making! LNFI students experienced a fun yet educational field trip last week when they visited the Haltom City Fire Station. They had a blast touring the station and observing how the firefighters live day-to-day. The kids were able to go inside a fire truck, see a firefighter put on his full gear, watch a firefighter slide down the pole, and learned about fire safety. All the kids were so excited and even commented how they want to be firefighters when they grow up. These are experiences that our LNFI kids will take with them for the rest of their lives!
The highlight for November at our LNFI after school programs was “Thankfulness”. November was our first family social of the year! Several programs hosted parties for the LNFI kids and their families that included cookies, puzzle races, crafts, and door prizes! The kids were able to show off their creative skills by making ‘thankful turkeys’ at West Handley Elementary. Many kids wrote on their turkeys that they were thankful for their family, friends, Jesus, and LNFI!! During the festivity, Sycamore and S.S. Dillow Elementary had a little competition that included puzzle races and word games; even the parents joined in! Each school held a drawing for an Albertson’s gift card to help with the Holiday meal. The family socials were so much fun and the kids and parents left with smiling faces, but most importantly we were all reminded of the many things in our life to be thankful for!
A special thank you to Mamma Mia Italian Grill and Pizza for hosting our A/B students at their restaurant on Thursday, October 25, 2012. The children had a great time!
We are excited to announce the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year! This year, LNFI is serving children in five elementary schools in Tarrant County, Spicer Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, West Handley Elementary, S.S. Dillow Elementary, and Christene C. Moss Elementary. We are looking forward to another great year with our amazing children!
Check out our Beginning of the Year video:
Recently, a group of LNFI leaders had the privilege of speaking at the Fort Worth City Council meeting. These little leaders recited the LNFI creed, as well as the life passages they learned from three of our books recently read in the programs. You can watch the video here!