- Wednesday, March 05, 2003
I was booked and placed under arrest in violation of North Carolina General Statute 90-95-A1—"a felony possession to manufacture, sell, or possess, with intent to sell a controlled substance."
I called my wife, Felice, and assured her that everything was OK. I told her to contact our attorneys. I also told her to contact my manager, Jeanette Taylor, and prepare her for a media frenzy. Felice was a little upset at first. But because of my innocence and the fact that she understood and knew my call, she was able to maintain a measure of peace that would be appreciated in times to come. I told her to take care of our six kids—Tredell, eight months, John-John, three, Aieisha, fifteen, Shannon, sixteen, Christopher, seventeen, and Justin, seventeen—and let them know that Daddy was OK and would see them in a few days.
The following Monday there was a bond hearing. My bond was set at $250,000. My attorneys and I were outraged. But then a still small voice spoke to me and said, "This is God's plan." On principle, I decided not to post bond and chose to stay in jail. In order to do this, I realized that I would need a few people on the outside to cover for me. As David and Jonathan had a blood covenant relationship in the Old Testament, I too had one with my friend and Christian brother Regi Miner. I told him that if anything were ever to happen to me, one of the things I would want him to do is take care of my family.
Regi and I had known each other for fourteen years. Through smart investments and concrete foundational business practices, the Lord blessed us and gave us a sense of stability to reinvest in our vision to serve Him in the inner city. I was allowed to call Regi and update him on everything that had occurred thus far. I asked him for his true opinion. He told me he understood my stand, but he was concerned first about my family, and secondly about my church. I assured him that his opinion was important to me and that was the reason I had called him. I knew if he gave me his word, he would do everything to keep it. We had a silent partner named Carla Reed, who had worked with us in the area of video production. She was a sharp, intelligent lady and a program director for a national black entertainment firm. Since we were in the middle of production on several projects, Regi suggested that I call Carla and get her opinion.
Carla had a different take on matters. She felt that my arrest was dumb and didn't make sense. I should pay the bail, get out of jail, and deal with it at a later date, she advised. I stayed on the phone with her for an hour. I absolutely could not alter her opinion. Still, she promised that she would take care of what she could and place everything else on hold until this situation was cleared.
I shared with Regi and Carla that I would ask Elder Ben Truesdale, a close friend and business partner, and my older brother, Alphonza Kee, to cover the church. There were a few other associate ministers who would assist them in any way necessary.
Ben was one of the chief negotiators for the church and my ministry's corporate business affairs. I knew he was somebody I could trust to keep things in order.
Then there was my brother Alphonza. He was not your everyday preacher, but he had successfully run a program in our church called One Step. The One Step program was designed to compensate for some of the shortcomings of our nation's twelve-step programs. I found that people who had come out of twelve-step programs had received an abundance of facts and information but lacked a true sense of God's power or authority to bring healing to their lives. I knew that the only power strong enough to help a person overcome an addiction to cocaine was Jesus Christ. I didn't know this by reading materials, pamphlets, or watching New Jack City. I knew it be experience and through my own testimony. From cocaine to prescription tranquilizers, I had been locked in bondage and needed a way out. I have been clean for twenty years now, and I know in my heart that the only true deliverance comes in having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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