Winter is coming

Winter is harsh in Belarus. Kids get sick.
At the hospital in Novolukomol, ultrasonic devices are crucial for treating sick children, especially those with neurological, cardio, and muscle problems.

But the equipment there is extremely old, and wearing down.It may not make it through another winter.

“The Great Kozovaya,” our “Response of the Heart” team leader, has sent me an urgent request:
Can we replace the equipment at Novolukomol before winter sets in?
The total bill will be $2,191.47. I know that’s a lot. But I hope we can do it.

Would you please help? You could be 1 of 40 friends who chips in $54.79.
Maybe you could even be 1 of 20 who gives $109.57.
But any gift you could give today, large or small, will really help.

I leave for Belarus in 20 days. I plan to visit the hospital at Novolukomol. I hope I can give them good news!
Please let me know ASAP that you can be part of this.

Thank you in advance!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Igor says Thank you!

He was a professional man. A lawyer.
But he fell on hard times. 
Last year, four days after Christmas, Igor was released from a Belarusian prison.

36 years old, no family, no job, no money, no home, no prospects.
He could work as a loader at a huge fish market, but he would need to pass a medical exam: 
58 rubles, please. Or $27.69 U.S. 

Igor turned to our “Response of the Heart” team. 
We had the joy of covering his medical bill, then providing furniture and bedding for the old village house where he was living. 

“The Great Kozovaya,” our team leader in Minsk, puts it simply: 
“We help such people in order to give them a chance.” 

Igor’s on his way. He’s determined to lead a new kind of life. 
Thanks to all who give to New Thing. 
You helped us say “yes” to his dreams! 

Much love,
Doug Brendel

I just want to hug every one of these cool kids!

Greetings to all who follow or support New Thing’s work of compassion in the former USSR!

Here’s just a brief, fun report from the boarding school New Thing has helped in Zelva, Belarus, near the Polish border. 

I really think you can enjoy the photos more fully if you widen your Web browser to the max. 

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,Doug Brendel

P.S. If you ever have any comments, questions, or other feedback about a New Thing photo report, don’t hesitate to email me! Thanks again!

“Listen to this!” the deaf child said

I am really happy to report that 15 friends gave generously to provide audio-assistance equipment for hearing-impaired children at the boarding school in Vitebsk, Belarus.

This means something will happen that has never been possible before: 
An entire classroom of children will be able to “hear” together, instead of just one child at a time!

It’s going to be a beautiful change for the children of Vitebsk, and for the teachers and workers who are giving their lives to teach and care for these kids.

Thank you so much to all who gave to make it happen!
And thanks to all for journeying with us!

Much love,
Doug Brendel
P.S. You can still see cool photos of the kids at Vitebsk here, if you like.

Meet the children

I’d like to introduce you to a few of the hearing-impaired children at Vitebsk.

I think you’ll enjoy these photos!
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.) 

I’m grateful for the 11 friends of New Thing who have responded to help these children “hear” with the aid of a new machine.
But I’m hoping that more of our friends can help in some way. 

I know it’s summertime, and people are busy. But if you’ll take just a moment to meet the children, and respond however you can, I know they’ll be grateful. And so will I! 

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

What you heard, Sasha didn’t

  • The fireworks crack so loud, you jump.
  • The neighbor’s dog annoys you with his barking.
  • Children laughing and splashing in the pool … you smile.

Sasha can’t hear any of it. He’s deaf.

Sasha lives at a boarding school for hearing-impaired children, in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk, near the Russian border.

But Sasha has hope. A special machine enables Sasha to “hear” the essential audio portions of his studies.

The only problem is, the school can only afford 1 such machine.Sasha has to wait for the machine to be available.Till then, Sasha sits in silence.

If the school had 9 machines, a whole classroom of deaf children could “hear” at the same time.

I hope New Thing can provide $1,463.22 to make it happen. So Sasha can “hear” every day … instead of just on lucky days.

Each of 8 new machines will cost just $182.90. I wonder if 16 friends could give $91.45 each. Or maybe you and two others could give gifts of $60.97 to purchase 1 machine. If that’s not doable, any gift you can possibly give today will be a real help.

Please get back to me ASAP. School starts in 7 weeks. Clearing the funds into Belarus, and ordering and installing the machines, will take time. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

Shave and a haircut, half a ruble! (Actually, no rubles)

Did you get a “summer cut” from your favorite stylist? Me too!

But haircuts are a luxury for the homeless. 

So our “Response of the Heart” team, in our adopted homeland of Belarus, arranged with local hair stylists to provide free haircuts at our daily “soup kitchen,” in Minsk. 

At first, our homeless friends were a bit reluctant. Especially because they had to start outside, under a garden hose, getting a shampoo! This felt weird … Some of these folks hadn’t had a shampoo in a loooooong time. 

But then the first brave souls headed back inside for their haircuts — and as they emerged, looking beautiful, suddenly the others were good to go! 

By the end of the day, “The Great Kozovaya” reports, the hairdressers were exhausted. But happy! 

I’m sorry our awesome photographer Oleg was unable to be there to shoot photos. But Kozovaya took these pix for you with her tablet. 

We already feed the homeless every day, and connect them to medical, legal, and other urgently needed resources. But haircuts sure seemed like a good summertime idea, don’t you think? 

Thank you to all who give so generously to New Thing, to enable our ministry to the homeless of Minsk,as well as to thousands of orphans, disabled children, foster families, hospital patients, and the list goes on! 

Have a great summer! Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel


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For warmth and breath


I am deeply grateful for every friend who gave to help us provide new doors and windows for the children at risk of TB and suffering from respiratory issues at Bogushevsk.

The facility is ancient, and parts of it are freezing; but with your generous help, we’re going to keep the kids warm this coming winter, as they fight for breath and health.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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