For 45 years New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis has been helping poor and homeless people who usually do not have anywhere else to go.
Tonight, like other nights for years, they may be caring for — providing food, shelter, and a safe place to sleep – perhaps for 200 or more people.
But of late, investors are building high-in “lofts” (condos) out of existing buildings in the NLEC area … and these homeless people may be driving their values down.
So the St. Louis Board of Public Service, the Board of Building Appeals and the mayoral administration have now voted to shut down this compassionate ministry/church for the poor and homeless … children, women, men … because, apparently they are considered a “problem!”
At the same time, the St. Louis Aldermen want to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion.
Hear Pastor Bobo’s powerful and passionate statement of opposition to the efforts to close down the great ministry to the homeless and poor, New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis,after 45 years of ministry. As of now, the deadline to close NLEC is April 1, 2017.
Along comes Pastor/Dr. Ron Bobo … and others like him … who are convinced that this is just plain wrong! Pastor Bobo has been the respected pastor of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo for 30 years! He is an excellent voice for righteousness and for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An overview of the dynamic life of the church is seen at their website, www.westsidembc.org.
He is also the founder/leader of Sharing Hope International Ministries — www.sharinghopeim.org.
And Pastor Ron and I have been friends for perhaps 25 of those years.
From the internet…
About “West Side Missionary Baptist Church, One Unified Church in Two Locations. We Believe you will find us to be a warm fellowship, growing through Christian Education, celebrating Christ in worship, serving our community through Christian Social Ministries and reaching the unchurched through evangelism. Our desire is to ‘Share Hope in a Hopeless World.’ We invite you to do ‘Great Things’ with us and for our Great God.”
(Newly installed President of the Baptist World Alliance, Paul Msiza of Pretoria, South Africa, is also in this broadcast. A fuller interview with him is to be available at www.haroldhendrick.com. He is the guest of Dr. Ron Bobo and preached in both church locations the Sunday prior to this recording. See www.bwanet.org.)
Related anytime radio segments adding “light” to the concern
To hear … “Rev Larry Rice: began New Life Evangelistic Center serving poor & homeless; STL City Hall hostility” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/853/5
To hear … “Dr. 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/ and…
To hear … “New Life Evangelistic Center’s Ray Redlich on STL City Hall’s harassing Center’s care for homeless … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/861/5/
To hear … “50 year Presbyterian Pastor Wm “Bill” McConkey & Jami O’Very oppose effort to close STL homeless site – New Life Evangelistic Center — giving 80,000 nights of care” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/551/5/