by Amy Parker
She began her career as a singer, but it
wasnt long before she knew her greatest gift was making people laugh. Her newest
release "Having a Girls Nite Out" gives you the chance to experience over
an hour of Chonda and her "wacky world of womanhood." It features highlights of
her comedy routines, her songs, and her testimony.
Chonda grew up a preachers kid.
When she was a teenager, her older sister was killed instantly in a car accident as she
drove to work one rainy morning. A few months later, Chondas younger sister came
home from school with a sore throat and fever. Twenty-one days later, she died of
Leukemia. Due to the immense amount of grief and pressure, her father walked out on his
church, his marriage and his family.
Even through her pain, she still found the strength to keep her sense of humor. In her
disarming, and completely captivating manner, Chonda tells stories that let you in on the
darkest times of her life, and shows you how her loving Father redeemed her life with
hope. She still cries every time she tells her own story. "I cry because it never
gets old, talking about someone you miss. What I cry over is that God is still faithful
when our lives are a wreck. If we allow him to, Hell use everything."
And God has been faithful to use her story. Thousands have seen her
hilarious-yet-uplifting performances at womens conferences, touring with her pal
Mark Lowry, working on the Grand Ole Opry, or with the Billy Graham organization. She has
her own "Having A Girls Nite Out" tour and four Preachers Kids
conferences set for 1998. But anyone who knows Chonda knows that for all her comedic,
dramatic and musical gifts, perhaps the greatest gift she gives is that of her heart.
Reprinted by permission, Profile Magazine.