If you visit New Life Evangelistic Center (www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org) in downtown St. Louis tonight, you will find, more or less, 200 homeless people – men, women, and children – receiving shelter, warmth, food and loving care.
And if a battered woman arrives at midnight, with her abused children, she will let in, and the children cared for …. no matter when they arrive.
45 years ago. Rev Larry Rice began New Life Evangelistic Center. Generous, Godly Joyce Pillsbury, now in Heaven, bought the old YWCA and gave it to New Life.
They comfort, care for, and train many, based upon what Jesus Christ taught about the poor, needy, and oppressed in Matthew 25: 31-46..
I think of, for example, Jerome Bracely, A few years ago Jerome as living under a bridge, using and selling drugs. He caught a bus to New Life, was invited in, ministered to, and trained. Now Jerome leads a great ministry, having housed and otherwise helped hundreds of addictive men.
And yet St. Louis City Hall wants to close New Life down! The City has served them with a “cease and desist” order, even though they are a ministry.
There is a Religious Liberty issue here.
The two segments with Larry Rice — that you can listen to now — were aired on two different days.
What are we going to do about it? Prayer will be a good start.
Below are 10-minute radio segments broadcast earlier relating to Rev. Larry Rice and the shocking efforts of some St. Louis politicians to shut down the great ministry to the poor and homeless – men, women, and children – of the New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (See www.newlifeevangelisticcenter.org). It is the only St. Louis Ministry of which we are aware wherein people of great need – including battered women and abused children — can show up a midnight and be admitted for care, shelter, and food!
To hear … “Rev Larry Rice on efforts to shut down homeless ministry of New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/629/5/
To hear … “Rev. Larry Rice regarding St Louis efforts to close New Life Center ‘s homeless ministry to thousands” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/631/5/
To hear … “Dr./Pastor Ron Bobo defends the homeless care ministry of NLEC in St. Louis, threatened to be closed down”… click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/485/5
To hear … “Pastor Wm McConkey, Jami OVery oppose effort to close STL homeless site giving 80,000 nights of care” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/551/5/
To hear … “Ray Redlich, Vice President, New Life Evangelistic Center; served homeless 40+ years; Shocked by proposed St. Louis law” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/799/5/; and
To hear … “Rev Larry Rice, New Life Evangelistic Center regarding “positive police ticketing” to reward good behavior” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/625/5/.