My name is Teddy Foster and I came from Springfield, through the Veterans Coming Home Center. Rev. Rice helped me get into this training program to help me get closer to God and to help get direction in my life. I am now in New Bloomfield, MO at the training center and learning how to… Read more “Teddy”


I was on a greyhound bus heading to see my family in Kentucky. I was supposed to get off in Clarksville, TN but I fell asleep. Before I knew it, the driver was announcing our arrival to St. Louis, Missouri. I had no money or place to stay in St. Louis. So, I asked the… Read more “Susan”


My name is Carl Benham. I came to NLEC after losing my job and then my apartment. I then found myself homeless. After joining their leadership program, I was moved to the training center in New Bloomfield, MO. I have learned how to let go and let God guide my life. I have also learnt… Read more “Carl”

Monique & Theo

I was in an abusive relationship with the father of my child. I felt like I had no direction or anyone to vent to in my life. After constantly threatening to throw me out on a regular basis, I finally was fed up and left. At the last minute while waiting for the NLEC van… Read more “Monique & Theo”


I was working for the Baptist Church when everything was shut down due to Covid 19. I lost my job and my apartment and became homeless. I went to the New Life Evangelistic Center’s Veterans Coming Home Center and Ryan told me about the leadership program that this ministry has and how to get into… Read more “Bob”


I was guided by the police on a Sunday to go to St. Patrick’s Center and knock on the door and someone would come and help me. I went there, and knocked on the door but no one came. As I waited outside, Rev. Rice came, and provided me and several other homeless individuals who… Read more “Haley”


Since finding Jesus I have managed to stay sober from Alcohol for over a year now. I was able to quit smoking cigarettes. I have also taken on Leadership roles and have helped train many new men at the NLEC ministry in farming and carpentry.


I came to New Life Evangelistic Center after being in the Teen Challenge program. I first went to New Bloomfield and then came to work at the NLEC Veteran’s Coming Home Program in Springfield. God has truly moved in my life. Now I plan to return to my family and start my new job.


Ever since 2/13/19, life has changed for me in the blink of an eye. My mother passed away and deep depression came over me. People I used to be around didn’t want to have anything to do with me a couple days after I became homeless. I have had to stay in places no one… Read more “Christopher”


Rev. Rice brought me in off of the streets where I was homeless with no direction for my life. I am now working at helping clear land, cutting trees and brush down so it will grow grass for the cattle that NLEC has here at the NLEC Charolais Farms in New Bloomfield, Missouri. We have… Read more “Robert”


I came to NLEC out of a bad relationship and looking for a better life. Since I have been here in the NLEC training program. I have been able to get closer to God. I now work on the radio and I play programs and music. The music has been an inspiration to me to… Read more “Andri”

AJ and Alisha

When my husband and I joined the Leadership Training Program at the NLEC Veteran’s Coming Home Center, things were not good for us.  We were homeless and broken.  There have been many days where I didn’t want to be here or remember why we joined the program, but the good Lord has put us here… Read more “AJ and Alisha”


I have grown really close to God through the NLEC training program. I turned my back on God before. I turned to drugs and I used to yell and get angry a lot. Now I am learning patience and how to talk nicer to people and get angry less often. I love being in this… Read more “James”


My mother never had time for me, so my brothers basically raised me. They were very abusive towards me. When I was eight years old, my mother decided that she did not want me anymore, so she sent me to live with her father. My life only got worse, he was also a drunk and… Read more “Sherri”


I lost my job in Illinois and came to NLEC where I came to know God. I used to use alcohol and drugs before coming to NLEC. But Thanks be to God I live each day sober and am loving life. I have lots of peace. The life of the old man was full of… Read more “Neil”


When God delivered me to NLEC I was a full-blown drug addict that had no end in sight. Since my New and exciting walk with Christ and sobriety my life has been full of exciting things of which first and foremost is the Holy Spirit. I could have never gotten off drugs without Christ nor… Read more “Kodie”


New Life Evangelistic has saved me and my children and allowed us to stay together as a family.  When our apartment caught fire we had nowhere to go.  I had to have my youngest kids stay with their dad for 4 months. But then, by the grace of God, we were able to be all… Read more “Audrey”


NLEC has helped me by giving me a place to stay, a vehicle to drive & saw my leadership ability to put me in charge of the people and houses.  I came to them because I honestly believe that God sent me to them. It gives me a great feeling that I am helping others… Read more “Linda”


When I was rescued by New Life Evangelistic Center I was hungry living in a vacant house. I was cold and sick. Then God answered my prayers and now I have a loving home with a caring family and my support dog Sparky. I could have died but now I get to help other homeless… Read more “Karen”


After years of alcoholism destroying relationships, job opportunities and more, I found myself homeless.  Pastor Chris Aaron gave me hope that I could become sober and build a new life, even at my age!  Since I have come to live at New Life Evangelistic Center I have now maintained my sobriety and feel productive again!… Read more “Barbara”


I became homeless because of addiction and domestic violence.
Because of both, I lost my job. Since I had no money coming in, I lost my car. At this point, the domestic violence became even worse, so I walked away from where I was living and became a homeless woman.
When the stay… Read more “Peggy”


I am deaf in both ears and being on the streets is especially scary when you can’t hear what is going on around you.  I decided to join the Residential Training Program so that I could rebuild my life and relationship with the Lord.  I appreciate so much New Life Evangelistic Center being available during… Read more “Kim”

Terry and Corey

I was homeless in Springfield, Mo., where my son Corey and I slept in my car. I would drive him to school each day then return in the afternoon to pick him up. After picking him up, I would find a spot to park each night where we could sleep. I tried every day, but… Read more “Terry and Corey”


Coming here to the shelter was a miracle in my life. If it wasn’t for New Life Evangelistic Center and the new family I have in Christ, I would have just given up and died. Brenda is in our 2 Year Leadership Training Program and works in the Women’s Shelter Administration Offices.

Jerome Bracely

Born in 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, Pastor Jerome Bracely of Stepping into the Light Ministries is an embodiment of the saying, “they don’t need to hear you talking, if they can see how you’re walking.” More than 5000 men have been served through Stepping in the Light Ministry (SILM). They have come off the… Read more “Jerome Bracely”

Kymal Dockett

Hello my name is Kymal Dockett I was born in Saint Louis, Missouri to Richard and Wilma Dockett March 29, 1973. I grew up in the University City area where I attended Pershing Elementary, Brittany Woods Junior High, and University City Senior High at that time home of the Indians. My last two years I… Read more “Kymal Dockett”

Quentin and Rosemary

My wife and I came to the NLEC Veteran’s Coming Home Center without our children because we were homeless and didn’t have a stable environment for them. Since joining the Leadership Training Program, we have not only regained custody of our daughters, but are building a new life in Christ while continuing to help others… Read more “Quentin and Rosemary”

Levi and Stella

Just one example of the lives that have been saved because of your faithful partnership with New Life Evangelistic Center! You can read more testimonies here. Two and a half years ago my wife Stella and I came to the conclusion that our only way out of our hopeless homeless situation was to commit suicide. … Read more “Levi and Stella”


When I was in Springfield, I was lost. I was an addict. I was homeless, tired and depressed. I was looking for happiness. Now, here I am in New Bloomfield at the Mid America Training Center in the residential training program. I am sober and at peace and now I am finding the Lord. I… Read more “Peter”


NLEC has helped me by giving me a safe place to live.  I am now able to help other women who are on the streets. It is a great feeling.