NLEC 1992-2001

From 1992 through 1996 A major earthquake in 1993 and a major flood in 1996 in India was met with compassion as NLEC funded a rescue and reconstruction operation Foreign mission outreach expands to include Haiti, Russia, and the Philippines. […]

From 1992 through 1996

  • A major earthquake in 1993 and a major flood in 1996 in India was met with compassion as NLEC funded a rescue and reconstruction operation
  • Foreign mission outreach expands to include Haiti, Russia, and the Philippines.
  • In 1995, NLEC and the Homeless Express Network call for justice for a mentally retarded man named Johnnie Lee Wilson, from Aurora Missouri.  He was given a life sentence in jail and had pled guilty under intense interrogation by the police to the murder of a family friend. Yet he was clearly innocent and had served over 9 years in the Penitentiary.  A public outcry resulted in the Governor granting him clemency and declaring him innocent.
  • The Cry Justice newspaper is published by NLEC from articles and letters from inmates all over Missouri and the United States.  They tell their stories and reveal injustices within the prison system.
  • NLEC’s largest free clothing store opens in Van Buren, Missouri.
  • As the crime rate escalates in St. Louis and gangs control the neighborhoods, NLEC launched a violence prevention program with televised panel discussions and seminars on how to deal with violence in schools and near one’s home.  The publication of the “Murder Free” newspaper and a campaign to violence prevention called for an end to violence.
  • The Mid America Care Center is completed in New Bloomfield, MO next to KNLJ TV.  It serves as offices, a broadcast studio, and a meeting place for people from all over Mid-America.

From 1997 through 2001

  • NLEC opened Free Stores in the following communities:  Shelbyville, IL; Decatur, IL; Marshfield, MO; Lebanon, MO, Sedalia, MO; Popular Bluff, MO
  • NLEC leads the way in Mid-America with a challenge to seek alternative energy resources.  It operates its radio station in Ellington, MO off the grid with solar panels.
  • NLEC begins the work of Missouri Renewable Energy (MORE), providing information to the public on clean and natural energy.
  • NLEC provides 130,000 shelter nights to the homeless in the Midwest; 195,000 visits were made to the NLEC Free Stores; 290,000 food allotments were made; 330,00 counseling and referral calls were taken; 20,500 blankets were given away; 2000 heaters and 11,000 pairs of gloves were given out; 19,500 families received utility assistance; 1600 people received medical prescription of co-payee assistance; 7500 fans were provided; 10,000 care kits of personal hygiene items were given to the homeless; 8000 bus passes were given; 1100 grants to help stranded travelers were provided; 5000 shoe store certificates of $15 were provided.