When St. Louis attorney Al Johnson and others did a study on what the Word of God had to say regarding poor people, it further motivated the birth of “New Covenant Legal Services.” The study resulted in a listing of 100 Bible verses regarding God’s attitude toward the poor, and how we, His children, should be responding.
Al Johnson closed down his personal law office to become the first Director of New Covenant Legal services. He took a “cut” in income, but has never been happier in his life!
For a listing of those 100 scriptures, click here.
Joan Hendrick and I printed out these powerful scriptures and utilize them for several purposes, including in our “Quiet Time” with God. I am impressed that our God sees the poor as a whole category of people that he loves … and that as a part of our lives as Jesus-followers … and for whom we should love and provide ministry.
“New Covenant Legal Services (NCLS) provides legal services to needy individuals and groups. This includes the urban poor, refugees and immigrants. Our mission is to demonstrate that Jesus Christ’s love and justice are sovereign in the world. This mission will be accomplished through a Christ-centered approach to solving legal problems, and achieving social justice in partnership with churches in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
“The Need For NCLS
“St. Louis has one of the largest per capita populations of urban poor, refugees and immigrants in the country. The urban poor are more likely to be targets of consumer fraud, landlord/tenant abuse and other forms of legal oppression than middle class suburbanites. These facts, combined with the deteriorating economy, have over the last five years, created a noticeable increase in the need for pro bono or low cost legal services in metropolitan St. Louis.
“Types of Cases Handled
Debt collection actions
Racial and religious discrimination
Minor Criminal Cases
Driver’s license revocation”
With Al Johnson as NCLC Directory, their advisory board consists of … Hal Bush, Ted Boldin, Kurt Eisleben, Melissa Gunn, Eddie Jones, Brandi Miller, Leonard Scruggs, and Kathy Woodward.
Joan (I married well!) and I have already sent in our first donation to NCLS … and are very glad that we did.
Other helps … Other Related ministries…
Other wonderful resources in this important arena of applying the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:31-46 can be accessed at the websites of the “Christian Legal Society” (www.christianlegalsociety.org) and that of the “Gospel Justice Initiative” (www.gji.org) … both called to attention and recommended by New Covenant Legal Services Director, Al Johnson.
Hear Al … in his own words …
Past radio: To hear … “Attorney Al Johnson discusses the historic perspective of tensions between our legal system and blacks” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2014/12/18/atty-al-johnson-discusses-the-historic-perspective-of-tensions-between-our-legal-system-and-blacks/ .