1411 Locust Building Update | Dec. 12, 2018

Dear Friends, Since this past summer, we have been anticipating a court hearing regarding New Life’s application to re-open our 1411 Locust building.  Previous court dates were canceled due to changes in the architectural plans.  Now, however, we are at a […]

Dear Friends,

Since this past summer, we have been anticipating a court hearing regarding New Life’s application to re-open our 1411 Locust building.  Previous court dates were canceled due to changes in the architectural plans.  Now, however, we are at a point in which our plans have been approved by the City (praise the Lord!), but there is still opposition.  The same “gentrifiers” who have opposed us all along are appealing the City’s decision and are trying to block us from even doing the necessary renovations that they said we needed to do.  They don’t want us to open at all–not as a church, not as a shelter, not in any shape or form.

That is why the St. Louis Board of Building Appeals is holding a very important hearing this Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1:00 pm.  Please pray that the testimony will go well.  (Our architect, myself and others will be taking the witness stand.)  Please pray for wisdom for the Board and that they will issue a ruling favorable to the poor and homeless.  Unfortunately, the rich and powerful have held sway for too long.  I see the dire results of this every week as my co-workers and I go out on the streets and minister to the many homeless men and women who simply cannot get into a shelter because of lack of beds–and now they are even short of places to go during the day, because of City cut-backs.

If New Life could open in the near future, at least we could offer much-needed services during the daytime, which would go a long way in helping the people overcome homelessness.  (Currently I am forced to conduct my counseling, financial aid, etc. out on the streets.  My “office” is often a table at the public library, my car, or the porch of an abandoned building.)  It is crucial that those in need can have a place to go to, whether it be to worship, to find clothing, to seek financial aid, or to receive some food.

Your prayers will be greatly appreciated and will make a difference  (James 5:17). 

If anyone would like to attend the hearing, it will be held at the St. Louis City Hall at Tucker & Market in room 208 at 1:00 pm, Dec. 13th.

In His love,

Ray Redlich