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.
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:
The LNFI kids had the time of their lives at Health Day! This event, sponsored by BNSF Railway, is a fun-filled day where the kids visit 5 different stations, learn about nutrition, and have a blast learning sports and playing games with volunteer mentors. This year, the stations included soccer, football, basketball, calisthenics, and nutrition. Check out pictures below!
We want to say a special thank you to Paul Anderson, BNSF Railway, Jason’s Deli, and all of the volunteers who made this day possible and special for these children! It was evident from the smiles on the kids’ faces that they won’t soon forget this day. They will forever remember the day that they went to BNSF Railway, played lots of fun games, and spent time with people who loved them! You can see more pictures on our Facebook page!
Off to Brenham, TX they went, home of Blue Bell ice cream! There, they spent three days touring museums in the area, riding horses and golf carts at our host family’s ranch, and spending time talking around nightly campfires.
These kinds of experiences can change a child’s life forever. They feel loved, encouraged, and special! Thank you to our host family and to the special sponsors (Blue Bell Creameries, The Columbus Turret, and theGeorge Bush Library) who helped make this trip possible!
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!