Driving in to work on Friday, February 24th while listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) I heard an incredible story unfold and a great act of kindness take place. Tyler Perry was on the air being interviewed by the crew of the TJMS, for the release of his movie Good Deeds when Tom Joyner mentioned that the show ran a contest to give away the Harley Davidson bike that Tyler rode in the movie to a deserving church. Many people wrote in and the winner was Pastor Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Chicago.
A member of the congregation wrote in to share that Pastor Brooks was on the rooftop of an abandoned motel (located across the street from the church) that had been drug infested, to raise money for a new youth center. The youth center would provide a place of hope for the youth in his Chicago neighborhood. Pastor Brooks said he was tired of holding funerals for young people under the age of 25. Pastor Brooks vowed to stay on the rooftop until the money ($450,000) was raised and on February 24th he had already been on the roof for 94 days and slept under a tent, in the frigid Chicago cold. Pastor Brooks only came down on two occasions, but streamed his sermons from the roof to his beloved congregation below. The pastor mentioned in a recent interview that his most terrifying night was on New Year’s Eve. Police advised him that it wouldn’t be safe on the roof, but he stayed true to his commitment and covered his body with a futon mattress to avoid being hit by any stray bullet from celebratory gunfire.
Tyler asked how much money the church needed to met the fundraising goal, the amount was $98,000. Tyler didn’t hesitate to say that he would donate the remaining monies to the church and to send word to the pastor to come down from the roof. Pastor Brooks did come down from the roof and he was excited to not only get the money, but also own a Harley, something that he said he’s asked for every year for his birthday.
The church will close a deal to acquire the property on Tuesday, March 6th and will then be able to tear down and rebuild a community. Donations are still welcomed and can be made to Project Hood for the development of the new youth center at www.nbcchicago.tv
Casually speaking and all the best,