'Get It Girl' credits God for miraculous transformation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Get It Girl' credits God for miraculous transformation

Jacqueline Phillips before her transformation Jacqueline Phillips before her transformation
She was arrested several times before the church took her in She was arrested several times before the church took her in
Jacqueline has now changed her life Jacqueline has now changed her life

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman known for her battles with alcohol, drugs, and prostitution is now making a name for herself due to her miraculous transformation.

The community came to know her as "Get It Girl," "Giddy Girl" and the "Hickory Hill Shaker."

But tonight, the pastor and first lady of New Holiness Life Church of God in Christ want to introduce you to the real woman behind those monikers: Jacqueline Phillips.

For a decade, she walked the Winchester and Riverdale intersection -- homeless.

"I've been on drugs. I've been incarcerated," she said.

After more than 100 arrests, and even a Facebook page dedicated to her persona, Jacqueline Phillips is turning a new page in her life.

"There was a church that embraced me allowed me to continue to come," she said.

Elder Frederick Smith of New Life Holiness Church of God in Christ did not turn her away like other churches, even after she verbally and sometimes physically attacked churchgoers.

"All I knew is I saw somebody that possibly was a mother, that possibly was a sister and a daughter," said Elder Frederick Smith, New Life Holiness Church of God in Christ pastor.

Phillips said she cried alone and was often tired from walking day and night without a destination.

"They allowed me to sleep there and the word that I heard was so powerful and I embraced it," said Phillips.

The church prayed for her.

"I asked Him to help me because I can't do it. I can't do it. I know I can't do it," she said.

First Lady Tina Smith noticed Phillips started speaking.

"This is a miracle that's unexplainable," said Smith.

They learned Phillips had a son in college and went to school for dance.

"Just to see God glorified and what he's done for her, you hear about it," Smith explained.

Phillips is now sober.

"What brought her out was love," said Elder Frederick Smith.

"I'm not used to embracing love. When you've been out there so long, you're not used to seeing love," said Phillips.

The church took Phillips to get her driver's license and Elder Smith contacted her mother.

Phillips is moving to North Carolina to be with her mother.

She says a support system is there waiting.

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