Good news … and circus fun!

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Thanks to everyone who gave to help us meet our Matching Challenge goal!

Now we can provide a big fluffy bath towel for every speech-impaired child at Novogrudok.
They’re going to be so happy!
Now let’s go to the circus!… Here’s a brief photo report that will warm your heart:
We had the privilege of giving disabled children and their families the excursion of a lifetime!
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.)
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

When you step out of the shower…

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When you step out of the shower, you reach for the towel, right?
Now imagine — instead of your bath towel, all you find is a thin dish towel, from your kitchen.
Happy? No.
But this is how 118 children are living, in the town of Novogrudok, in Belarus.
They’re speech-impaired children, being cared for in a year-round boarding school.
Their “bath towels” are miserable, thin, old dish-towel-sized rectangles of fabric.
I hope we can fix that.
A friend of mine has offered us a Matching Challenge.
If you give enough for a BIG, FLUFFY bath towel for one of these children, he and his friends will match your gift.
I think you’ll love these kids!
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.)
And everything you give will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to the total of the Challenge.
I hope you can help.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Behind the scenes…

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Greetings from New Thing!

This is one of the more unusual messages I’ve ever posted.
I invite you to take 10 minutes for a video about the making of a concert.

Here’s the story….

Our trained vocalist daughter Lydia Charlotte, age 16, has been visiting Belarus with New Thing since she was 7 months old.
This April she gave up her spring break (and many hours of rehearsal time leading up to it) to give the people of Belarus a unique gift:

A concert of classical and show tunes, presented in Minsk, in the beautiful Grand Lobby of the Belarusian State Musical Theatre, the second-largest theatre in the nation.

She rehearsed with world-class accompanist Ivan Kucherenko early in the week.
On Friday evening she hosted a reception for 35 special guests in an upstairs area of the theatre.
Then came the performance.

The video will take you behind the scenes and reveal bits of all 3 aspects of the experience: rehearsal, reception, recital.

This was Lydia Charlotte’s 19th lifetime visit to Belarus.
Our family has been committed to the people of this country for 26 years.
And we are deeply grateful for friends like you, who go with us in spirit.

Together, we’re providing hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid, and much, much more, to tens of thousands of people in need.

We are still 100% volunteer on the U.S. side, so every dollar you donate goes entirely into Belarus.

Thank you for journeying with us!
Much love,

Doug Brendel

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Thanks again!

Grateful

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I am grateful to report that, just a few hours from Kristina and Lydia Charlotte’s departure, we made the goal.

We’ll be able to provide a commercial dryer for the workers at Old Borisov, as they care for hundreds of children at risk of tuberculosis.
Thank you to all who gave generously to make it possible!
Photos to come from Kristina and Lydia Charlotte’s visit to Belarus.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel