屋顶启示: From selling drugs to 'Wings, Greens and Things'

Tina Marie Jackson once ran a 10-man crew for the Gangster Disciples and now runs a successful soul food takeout restaurant on the South Side of 芝加哥. The pastor welcomed her with a bear hug on the 59th day of his 100-天屋顶守夜 to raise funds for a community center designed to transform lives for the better.

We’re trying to change a generation, and today I am so grateful to have on this ‘Rooftop Revelation,’ Tina Jackson,” 牧师说. “All the time we hear about the brothers in our neighborhood who have had trials and difficulties and gone to prison, but today I want you to hear it from Tina Jackson.

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“谢谢, 牧师,” Jackson said with a smile.

Tell people about your 17-year incarceration. 那是怎么发生的?” 你说的是敌对帮派中的人.

It was over three bits, 虽然,” 杰克逊说, clarifying that she served three separate sentences housed between Dwight and Decatur correctional institutions that added up to 17 年份.

I was a gang member, the Gangster Disciples, for years,” 她继续. “I was a 药品 dealer, a big drug dealer. Anything I ever did, I grew in it. It’s not to glorify it in any way. It’s just to show you that God will give you a spirit of entrepreneurship, but it’s up to you to decide on what side you going to bring it out on.

You used it being a drug dealer,” 牧师说. “I know you had about 10 people working for you, making money. And what happened? You end up getting caught —

And doing a lot of time,” 杰克逊说, finishing the pastor’s thought. “And during my time of incarceration … if you don’t do anything when you go in, you’ll come out the same age, 10 years later.

Before doing her last prison bid, she decided to give her life to the Lord. She prayed for God to change her mindset.

It was up to me to make sure I put something in my mind on a daily basis, so I obtained my associate’s degree while I was in there,” 杰克逊说. “I got all kind of certificates for culinary, for custodial. I taught those that were less fortunate to learn how to read, how to write, and that was a wonderful thing.

So while you were in prison, you decided, ‘I’m not going to stay the same. I’m going to grow, even in this environment,’” 牧师说.

“绝对。”

I know when you got out, you said you got your bachelor’s degree.

“我做了, and I became a stout member of Grace Apostolic Faith Church, where actually I’m the minister alliance leader,” 杰克逊说.

She also went to work immediately.

I started working at Firestone and I loved that job,” 她说. “A guy came in and saw how savvy I was with selling parts and different things like that on cars and he offered me a job at AutoZone with just a little more money. So I left.

Other people, 太, took notice of her talents as well as her passion for work.

I met this young lady who I call my grandbaby, named Stephanie, and she showed me a building that a gentleman had and he wanted a restaurant,” 杰克逊说. While working toward her bachelor degree, she had written a business plan called Wings, Greens and Things.

My daughter, Daisha said, ‘Mama, you can do this.’ So I looked at the plan, I started reading with God in my spirit, and then I started,” 杰克逊说.

That’s awesome,” 牧师说. “You’re a model of the type of sister we’re trying to help. A lot of people don’t understand why that’s important, but it really is because people need to have financial foundations. They need to have things that they can rely on and build and inspire their children to maybe even pass on. A legacy.

“绝对地,” Jackson agreed.

I got one thing to ask you,” 牧师说. “Is your life more peaceful now than when you were making that money as a drug dealer?”

A peace that surpasses all understanding.

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