Rachel’s Corner

Lillian Weber goes viral!

Lillian Weber 100 in May on target to sew 1000 dresses

What does it mean when something “goes viral”?  Well, I think you better ask Lillian Weber!  Lillian is one of the many fantastic volunteers for Little Dresses for Africa who has dedicated the biggest part of every day to help the children of the world by making a little dress.  What’s unusual about Lillian is that she will turn 100 in May 2015 and her goal is to have sewn 1000 dresses.  The news has picked this story up and it’s spreading all over the internet and papers and has gone “viral”!  This is good news for us because as the news spreads her story they also tell the story of what we are all committed to and that’s bringing relief to the most vulnerable of God’s children: little girls.  We are so  grateful for Lillian but we are also so grateful for you.  Whatever level of participation you are involved in, whether it be to sew, to donate material, send money for shipping, help fold and ship or go with us to Africa…it’s all part of the mission and we are so thankful!  So today, as we celebrate Lillian’s accomplishments, we also celebrate YOU and your participation and dedication to this ministry.  To God be the glory as we continue to reach out to help others!

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Sending Hope Conference Deemed A SUCCESS!

Over 100 ladies (and a few helpful men!) from 14 states and two countries in Africa attended the first Sending Hope Conference in Shipshewana, Indiana. It was an amazing two days with incredible enthusiasm and talent, and hearts full of love for the children of Africa and beyond. We began with a VIP reception with Nancy Zieman where excited fans had the opportunity to sign Nancy’s new book, “Seams Unlikely” and have their picture taken with her.

Nancy did not disappoint! She and her husband, Richard, were as gracious as I had found at our first meeting several years ago. The words she shared concerning her autobiography was a beautiful glimpse into the life of a very talented and smart business woman with a very personal and tender look into her life. The biggest problem attendees faced was trying to choose which breakout session to attend. Huge thanks to all the speakers and facilitators and of course our sponsors. The beautiful Farmstead Inn was a perfect venue for a perfect time to not only share life changing project ideas but have a great time with our new friends that share a common passion: helping little girls in Africa.

A kick back and have fun highlight of the weekend was the late night pajama party. We shared more laughter than I dreamed possible and one thing is for sure: These ladies aren’t just talented, they are FUN!

We raised money for the shipping of these beautiful dresses while having the time of our lives. Special thanks to all who helped, donated baskets and of course the attendees. We could not do it without you. Thank you so much!

Send me your pictures and we’ll add them to this gallery!  Thanks, again, everyone! Love, Rachel

Nancy Zieman at the Sending Hope Conference

August 1, 2014 is today. The Sending Hope Conference is August 8. You have one week!. Everything’s all set. We are ready. Great speakers. Great food. Great raffles and jewelry and T-shirts for Little Dresses for Africa and our big ticket item….. NANCY ZIEMAN from Sewing with Nancy will be our VIP Guest at our first Sending Hope Conference, Aug 8 & 9, 2014 and Shipshewana, IN. I can’t tell you how honored we are for her to attend. She schedule is so full and yet she is willing to support us in this way. Please join us for Friday and/or Saturday. It’s going to be a great day. We have speakers regarding how to rescue girls from Sex Trafficking and we have hands on breakout sessions, sewing demonstrations, Gratitude Journals and on and on. Please join us for an outstanding time. I can’t wait to meet you! See you there! Register today!


July 7, 2014. It’s hard to believe that it’s already July 7th! One month from tomorrow we will be at the Sending Hope Conference, featuring the one and only Nancy Zieman, of “Sewing With Nancy”. I have to take a moment and tell you how honored I am to host her as our VIP speaker. She is so gracious to make time in her schedule for us. And even more importantly, I can’t begin to tell you the blessing she has been to so many. She continues to spread the word far and near about what we do with LDFA and has shipped us over 75,000 dresses and britches and spread the word to countless others who are now sewing for us. Lives are touched and changed because she cares. Please help me honor her by attending the conference and hearing her story.

The Conference begins at 5pm on Friday, August 8 with a meet and greet with Nancy, followed by dinner and then a late night pajama party with prizes for the best pajamas! Saturday offers a number of incredible speakers and breakout sessions and it is your choice what you attend or take part in. Food all weekend is included with the price of registration. It’s a great time to meet your friends. We have attendees from 14 states so far and I am so excited to meet you!

Some of the highlights are Beth Waterson who lived in India for 8 years and works with the rescue of girls from Sex Trade. Her stories will blow your mind. Michael Mchawa is coming from Malawi and will give us a first hand report on how your dresses are changing lives. Jan from Arizona will speak on turning success to Significance. Jan is a certificed Financial planner and her knowledge is amazing and her spirit is even more amazing. A very dear friend, Katie Dorband will bring her music and her story of adopting two precious babies from Rwanda. We have breakout sessions to learn about the sani-panti program and Beads on a Mission and hands on crafts with Casey and her gratitude books and Cheryl with her Brave girl cards and the knowledge that these ladies bring.

Your choices are many and the opportunities are amazing but here’s the real point: Your registration fee will go to ship thousands and thousands of little dresses that have been sewn and donated from all over the world. Your money will go 100% to fund the feeding programs and to support the work we are doing all over Africa. Talk about a win/win. Shipshewana, Indiana is beautiful and relaxing and offers so much to see. Please join us. I can’t wait to meet you. Bring a group; buy 5 registrations and receive one free. Make it a getaway. See you there! Please register today! Love and thanks, Rachel

Nancy Zieman interviews Rachel O’Neill

Wow! I continue to be amazed and humbled! As most of you know, Author, Blogger, TV Celebrity and Sewing Guru Nancy Zieman will be joining us at the Sending Hope Conference in Shipshewana, Indiana on August 8 & 9. The link below is the blog she wrote about the Conference and the interview that she had with me. She is amazing. I wrote her back and thanked her for announcing the conference and especially for capturing the “heart” of what we all are trying to do. It’s so cool when people “get it”. And, Nancy “gets it”!!! She has such a generous heart and I can’t wait to hear her story and have her sign my copy of “Seams Unlikely” her latest book. Bring your copy too or you can purchase one at the conference. Please register so we know how many to expect. Our speakers are amazing. IN addition to our VIP guest speaker, Nancy Zieman, we just confirmed the one and only Katie Dorband who will bring her music and her story, as well as Beth Waterman who will bring us information and personal accounts on Sex Trafficking, having just returned from the States from living in India for 8 years. We will learn how to take our lives from Success to Significance with the guidance of Jan Doughty from Arizona. The list goes on and on and you can choose what topic interests you the most as you pick your own schedule. We’ll have sewing instructions and hands on projects, gratitude journals, art projects and we can learn about Essential Oils. I promise you a great time with other women who care about the well being of the children receiving your Little Dresses. The money from this conference will pay for the shipping of these thousands and thousands of gorgeous dresses. Little girls are waiting. Please register.
Nancy’s blog is here:

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