Knoxville, Tenn. Always the class clown in school, Laura West has parlayed that humor into a ministry.
"I go around and I tell good clean family jokes to make people forget their problems for awhile," said West.
She calls herself a Christian comedian and inspirational speaker.
"It makes me feel good when I see other people feel good," she said.
She uses a unique character named Emma Roid.
"Not to be confused with hemorrhoid, that's my husband. Emma's just a big ole fat lady who has all sorts of things go wrong in her life. She's
a grouchy Christian and makes other people laugh," she said.
But that's only part of it. .
"I don't emphasis the comedian part of my ministry as I do the inspirational," she said.
With a heart for struggling children.
"We have had over 103 medically fragile foster babies, we did that for 12 years," she said.
And one in particular named Maleka.
"She was 15-months-old, been born blind addicted to drugs and scalded in a tub of hot water from the neck down. I'll never forget walking around the corner and seeing her in her walker with a little pacifier in her mouth and her head was bald because they shaved her and doctors said she's not going to live," said West.
Laura West and her husband, John West, say God had other plans. Now, Maleka joins Laura West, inspiring others.
"I have learned through all those we fostered and seeing so much bad news and bad things happen and kids dying and things happen, if we don't use what Proverbs 17:22 says, laughter is good like a medicine, we won't make it. We know that real joy comes from Christ. It will get you through anything you face," said Laura West.