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The Garments of Praise Ministry Pictures

To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion (around the world) to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a Garment of Praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61: 2-3

These gorgeous pictures were taken at the Sending Hope Conference. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Thank you so much, Christen. You ladies are amazing!!! Love, Rachel

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

Container 2014

Pictures of the 40ft container packing day.  Big thanks to all who contributed and helped for months to make this happen and also big thank you for those who loaded it.  Lots of work but lots of fun.  God bless you all!

Love, Rachel

Richland, WA

Just back from a wonderful speaking engagement in Richland, WA.  Thank you, Little Dresses of the Tri-City area, for a wonderful weekend.  Chris Macourek and her group have made close to 6000 beautiful dresses and sent them to us.  It was a great time to celebrate with the sewers and supporters and celebrate we did!  And what fun to put faces to the names I’ve known through the years for their beautiful work. After a wonderful potluck, we headed to the Richland Community Center for a chance to share the Little Dresses for Africa story and some tips on sewing from Chris.  Huge thanks to our hostess, Chris and also the lovely group that took us to dinner that evening.  Wow!  Hospitality PLUS!



Sock Hop a Total Success!

Thank you for another successful fundraiser for the projects in Malawi August 2013! We are so grateful to our sponsors and our sewers and all that attended or sent items for the auction. We had a surprise visit by The King of Rock N Roll, Elvis himself which added a lot of fun to the evening. Everyone really had a good time. “El Kabong” the band out did themselves and kept the dance floor full! Thank you one and all!!!!

One incredible opportunity has come up as a result of the auction. Two of our best supporters from Louisville, KY, not only came up with goodies for the auction, but brought two gorgeous canvas paintings for auction. The artist, Fifi LeFan, was moved by the pictures of the children in little dresses, that she painted two gorgeous paintings. We displayed them at the auction although a better place would have been an art show. The starting bid is $300 although by this artist, similar paintings have reported sales of $1500. We are thinking we may put them out for bid to those who have the heart and decor for such works of art. More details will follow. I’ll post pictures here and also under “Various Events” from the Sock Hop.

Because of your generosity we are very close to raising the money for all the projects we are wanting to do in August. We will be feeding kids, teaching, opening a well, two medical mission days, and distributing thousands of dresses and hundreds of Buckets of Hope. We will also be repairing hut roofs for widows and child-headed families. Your generosity changes lives and we’re so grateful! Thank you so much!!!
Love, Rachel

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