NLEC 2002-2010

From 2002-2007 Missouri Renewable Energy (MORE), a division of NLEC, picks up steam (and solar, and hydro, and bio diesel, and wind…!), and begins to help not only Missouri residents, but also those in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and beyond […]

From 2002-2007

  • Missouri Renewable Energy (MORE), a division of NLEC, picks up steam (and solar, and hydro, and bio diesel, and wind…!), and begins to help not only Missouri residents, but also those in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and beyond to make, use, and recognize the value of alternative energy sources.
  • Formerly homeless students at the New Life Training Program in New Bloomfield continue to share community support and hands-on education in television, radio, journalism, agriculture, and the utilization of various forms of renewable energy, which they then teach to the general public via DVD’s and free energy fairs!
  • A 20 kW Jacobs wind generator (donated by the Quam family of Minnesota) joins numerous other wind generators and solar panels, equipped now to power Digital Channel 20 with renewable energy.
  • NLEC expands its use of renewable solar and wind energy in Ellington, New Bloomfield and St. Louis, Missouri, as well as in Shelbyville, Illinois.
  • NLEC & Missouri Renewable Energy begins to host Renewable Energy Fairs at its renewable energy facility in New Bloomfield, MO.
  • NLEC works with Eagle TV in Mongolia to provide for pressing local needs and provide a message of hope.
  • The number of NLEC Free Stores grows well over twenty in Mid-Missouri and beyond.
  • Christmas 2002, record numbers are unable to pay utilities; NLEC successfully campaigns for their aid.
  • NLEC expands to 2 commercial-power and 7 community TV stations, and 17 radio stations geared toward wholesome family entertainment, education, and inspiration.
  • In addition to its 300-person orphanage, NLEC opens the “City of Refuge” in Kakinada, India, providing food, shelter, training, and energy independence for up to 300 more people.
  • New Life responds to a 150% increase in women and children at NLEC shelters, and a 75% increase in utility assistance requests.
  • NLEC training programs now extend throughout Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, providing two-year residential training programs that equip homeless or underprivileged people with proficiency in radio, television, renewable energy, paralegal work, housing construction, computer work, shelter operations, newspaper publication, and a wide range of living, budgeting, and parenting skills.
  • Pressured by serious overcrowding issues at its Locust Street shelter in St. Louis, and clearly backed by Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which gives first preference to homeless aid organizations when surplus federal property is up for bid, NLEC attempts to acquire the I. Douglas Abrams Federal Building at 1520 Market Street to expand its homeless ministry in St. Louis and begin the “Five Year Freedom Plan” to combat the cycle of homelessness.
  • Immediately after the tsunami disaster on December 26, 2005, NLEC feeds over 2,000 victims daily, and gives shelter to 800 more.
  • Penny Rice begins Consider the Lilies Foundation, a NLEC ministry dedicated to mentoring, counseling, supporting and educating, and advocating for women battling breast cancer.
  • NLEC launches the Solar Cart Electric Generation Program, the only program of its kind which provides alternative solar energy to those without electricity.
  • Ray Redlich from NLEC travels to Louisiana to help Victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • In 2006 both KNLC Channel 24 and KNLJ Channel 25 go on the air in High Definition Digital TV.
  • Penny Ann Rice, cofounder of the New Life Evangelistic Center went to be with Jesus on the morning of February 21, 2007.


From 2008-2010

  • NLEC considerably expanded Missouri Renewable Energy (MORE) into St. Louis and Marshfield, MO. and continues in New Bloomfield, MO.
  • In 2008, NLEC published “Consider the Lilies”, a collection of the personal writings of the late Penny Rice, Cofounder of NLEC.
  • In 2008, NLEC began Project Renovation on its main headquarters in Downtown St. Louis with the launching of a new women’s Free Store in its basement.
  • In 2008, in response to the growing number of homeless veterans in Missouri and under the Stuart McKinney-Vento Act, NLEC was granted the old Social Security Building at 806 N. Jefferson Ave. in Springfield, Missouri in order to assist homeless veterans in Springfield and the surrounding areas. Beginning in 2008, NLEC launched the “Veterans Come Home Program“.
  • In 2009, NLEC began the Club 24 Program which provides the public with the opportunity to partner with New Life Evangelistic Center and KNLC-DT Channel 24.1 to make a difference in the lives of the homeless and hurting.
  • On February 4, 2009 KNLC-DT began operation of Channel 24.2,  This exciting new channel offers 24/7 programming from RES, the new Renewable Energy Satellite service of New Life Evangelistic Center.  Information, inspiration and hands-on ideas on a broad range of Renewable Energy topics make Channel 24.2 a must-see for anyone who wants to be an “Earth Keeper” and who wants to live better by living Green!
  • In February 28, 2009, Rev. Larry Rice and Debra Lay were married at Grace Church in Maryland Heights, MO.
  • NLEC expands the Womans Transitional Housing Program into four levels of shelter and training opportunities for homeless women. The new levels of the program lengthen the stay at NLEC beyond the basic 10 days of shelter to 21 days, 60 days or two years. The program allows women to participate in volunteer job training opportunities in a wide variety of fields that will allow them to grow mentally and spiritually, as they are entrusted with a wide range of responsibilities, as well as providing valuable on-the-job training.
  • NLEC begins a major battle for the former courthouse in Cape Girardeau, MO. In keeping with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Rev. Larry Rice works to ensure this surplus federal property is used for the good of homeless persons in southeast Missouri.
  • Larry Rice traveled to Haiti, in March 2010, in response to the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. Larry Rice met with the director of The Poor Children’s Assistance Project to discuss the need to rebuild the 3 orphanages, 8 schools and 8 churches that were either destroyed or severely damaged. The VACATION IMMERSION project was born out of that need.
  • In January 2010, the City of St. Louis notified the homeless persons living inside the Tucker Tunnel that they would be closing the tunnel permanently for repairs to road above. NLEC rallied to help those living in the tunnel and named the community Hopeville, USA. Over 100 people took up residence in tents in the tunnel while they waited for the City of St. Louis’ Housing and Human Services Department to make good on their promise that each resident would receive permanent housing. Most residents of the tunnel were not moved into permanent housing and on May 12, 2010, those remaining relocated to an area on the riverfront, north of the Arch.
  • Since 1980, Reverend Larry Rice and the volunteers and staff of New Life Evangelistic Center, through the Fans For Life program, have distributed over 15,000 fans and air conditioners to the elderly and sick throughout Mid-America. NLEC continued to reach those in need in the summer of 2010 by distributing over 200 Air conditioners and 500 fans.
  • KNLC-TV 24 and the Here’s Help Network launched the Ministering Through Marketing program to help churches expand their ministry and help business’s expand their customer base using new marketing techniques through television, radio and the internet.
  • NLEC continues to hold monthly Leadership Luncheons for community leaders. At the luncheons, leaders have an opportunity to meet Larry & Chris Rice and learn about upcoming events, NLEC programs and how they can be a part of assisting those in need.
  • In 2010, Christopher Rice (Larry & Penny Rice’s son) was ordained as a NLEC minister to the poor and homeless in St. Louis, MO.