Various Events

Happy 100th Birthday, Ms. Lillian


Today is the day that Ms Lillian Weber turns 100 years old.  She made a personal goal to sew 1000 dresses before her 100th birthday and she has not only reached that goal but passed it.  And she is still sewing up a storm.  We are so grateful for Ms. Lillian and all the “Ms Lillians” around the world that are so dedicated to this ministry.  Lives are changed here and across the ocean as we join together to honor little girls, one little dress at a time.  Thank you to every one of you, and Happy Birthday, Ms. Lillian.

Donations are welcome to the Lillian Weber Shipping Fund.   Love, Rachel


Here’s the article written by Jim Mertens, the original writer to bring this story to the public!  Jim really captures the “heart” of this ministry and we are so grateful to him for helping spread the word!



Thank you for an insanely fun day full of amazing people, fun but challenging obstacles, great ministries, incredible people, a team of volunteers and perfect weather!  LDFA is SO grateful to Michael Beau O’Neill,  the son of Rachel and Michael O’Neill for putting this event together.  Lots of sweat, hard work and money went into this first class event.  Thanks to all who came out or supported it in any way.  Enjoy the pictures!

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

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