Contributors to the New Life Evangelistic Center recently received a fund raising letter from NLECs founder, Rev. Larry Rice. Reverend Rice advised therein that the NLEC was in dire need of revenue in the amount of $555,400 in order to do repairs and updates to his ministry’s aging building at 1411 Locust St., in St. Louis. The money is needed to meet a “long list of requirements” imposed on the center by St. Louis City building inspectors. Failure to raise the needed money will ultimately result in the closure of the Midwest’s premier 24/7 service center for the homeless and hurting, military veterans included.
Rice’s plea is the latest of many resulting from a years long quest by the self-proclaimed Christians who comprise the oligarchy that control St. Louis government and its interlocking network of the social and business elite in St. Louis. These folks publicly espouse concern for those ministered to by the NLEC but work diligently in the clandestine chambers of power to rid the city of Rice and the people served by the NLEC.
Rev. Rice is unfortunately not the mega wealthy owner of a professional sports team, nor is he among the ranks of St. Louis’ financial power brokers or the socially elite. He and his NLEC staff just help people who need help. No fanfare, no financial reward. Without donations from caring people, Rev. Rice will be forced to close the doors of his downtown ministry, but the need for NLEC services will remain.
Michael K. Broughton, Green Park, Mo.