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Why did I start the New Clothes podcast?

Wife. Mother. Missionary. Podcaster.

A few years ago, I was sitting in the garden doing my morning devotions. It was several months after I had finally realized it was time to forgive myself for having an affair. And I felt the Holy Spirit telling me, “I want to use your story.”

My first reaction was, “Oh no, God, I don’t think I can do that.” You see, although I knew I was free, I still hadn’t shared it with my family. It would be two years later, after reading Craig Groeschel’s book, Dangerous Prayers (affiliate link), that I prayed to God asking Him to break me.

God allowed an experience of rejection in my life that left me curled up in a ball, crying on the floor. I was devastated. I was broken. While lying on the floor, I heard him tell me, “Get up. I am not through with you yet. Trust me.” 

Long story short, I shared my testimony for the first time in a church of people who knew me. I opened up to each one of my children, my parents, and others. This was when my biggest breakthrough came. No longer was I hiding. And God could use me. 

I had no thoughts of ever starting a podcast or speaking in public. However, God’s ways are not our ways. So, in complete surrender, here I am. Sharing my story.

I share because God has set my heart on fire to free others (especially women) from the pain of shame and suffering silently. I want YOU to break free. I want you, too, to soar. 

I am remarried to my handsome man, Junior. Together we have four incredible children and three sweet grands! Our home is in Haiti, where we serve as missionaries through our organization, Reach Out Lafond.

Eighty percent of students in Haiti will not attend high school. We offer scholarships that come with after-school programming where we train the students to become problem solvers and leaders. They leave the program having both life and work skills. 

Our greatest dream is to see these young people one day become great leaders who will bring about change in Haiti. We dream that one day we will see a Haiti that no longer needs humanitarian aid from the outside world. She will be beautiful again. Her people will no longer be called survivors; instead, they will be thrivers.