3 pieces of good news!…

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1. I’m happy to report that a total of 19 households responded (1 of them twice) to the need of the children, parents, and workers at Volozhin hospital.
We have made the goal!
We’re going to be able to install a new shower and provide cribs, mattresses, high chairs, and dining room tables and chairs for the smallest children and their families.
Cause for celebration!
2. At the same time, we got incredible news from Belarus:
Longstanding restrictions on foreigners entering the country have been dramatically relaxed:
We can now visit Belarus without a visa for as long as 30 days!
After what we (and The Great Kozovaya) have gone through over the years to secure entrance visas for us and for American visitors, this is truly incredible.
3. At the same time, the president of Belarus has issued a new directive to his government to cooperate as fully as possible with groups providing humanitarian aid to Belarus.
This turnaround is absolutely fabulous.
We may now be able to help more people in need, more efficiently and effectively, than ever before — maybe more than we ever imagined!
So I thank you for journeying with us, and I warmly invite you to continue supporting this work of compassion in the former USSR.
(It would be awesome if you could make a monthly pledge of any amount. Click here for an easy way to do it.)
It’s beautiful to see how far your generosity goes in the lives of orphans, abused children, the sick, the disabled, the homeless, the elderly, and others in need!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

High chairs for the littlest kids?

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I promised you an update on our efforts to provide a new working shower at the hospital in Volozhin, Belarus.

I am grateful for the 13 friends who came forward.
Their generosity will enable us to install a shower and provide cribs and mattresses in the children’s ward.
But I’m hoping we can also provide high chairs for the smallest children in the dining area, along with new tables and chairs to replace the rickety old wooden ones they’re using now.
To do all of this, we’re only short by $338.75.
So I’m hoping we have 5 friends who’ll give $67.75 each — or perhaps 10 friends to give $33.88 each.
Maybe you could be one of them? Think about it and let me know.
In any event, thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Doctors and lawyers?

 

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“The Great Kozovaya” keeps amazing me.
This humble woman (we call her “The Great” as a joke) has pushed hard to feed the homeless of Minsk at our “soup kitchen” headed by Pastor Sasha.
But now, she’s arranged for lawyers to volunteer free advice for our homeless friends.
Now, finally, they can get their documents fixed, housing situated, employment arranged, and more.
Kozovaya and the team have also equipped a medical room, where a volunteer doctor offers medical help.
All of this without asking us for a penny of support.
I’m just astounded at the dedication, the passion, of our “Response of the Heart” team in Belarus.
Your support of New Thing keeps them going!
God bless all who give!
And thank you for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel
P.S. We’re still hoping to provide a shower, cribs, high chairs, and other help at the hospital in Volozhin.
I’ll bring you an update on our progress next week.

A crummy shower

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Hi! I hope you’re having a fabulous summer.
In the midst of all the fun, would you please consider helping meet a very special need?

The children at Volozhin, the western part of Belarus, really need us. So do their parents, and the workers caring for them, in the hospital there.
(You can see my original photo report here, if you wish.)

But here’s the bottom line:
I hope we can put in just one new shower for the moms who have to live at the hospital while their children are in treatment.

(It’s not like the U.S. … Parents have to provide lots of the care when their kids go into the hospital.)

The makeshift shower they have in the children’s ward — the nurses built it themselves, as best they could — it splashes water all over the place.
To put in a brand-new modern one would take just $275.97. Could you give part of this?

Maybe 10 friends giving $27.60 each? Or 5 friends giving $55.19?

If we receive any extra funds, we could also provide new cribs and mattresses for the youngest children.
As you can see in the photo report, some of their cribs now are actually nailed together.
Each crib-and-mattress together will take just $80.28, or a total of $802.82.
Their cafeteria also really needs help, but I don’t know if we can go that far.
They really need 4 tables for grown-ups with 4 chairs each, 2 children’s tables with high chairs, and 4 other pieces of cafeteria equipment for a total of $1,254.41.
I haven’t made any promises. I’ve just said we’ll do what we can.
This fall, others will need the help of New Thing. So I’d say, whatever we can do this summer, let’s do it.
What can we do?
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel
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Laughing in the hospital?

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Hospitals — and laughs?

You don’t normally think of the two together.
But “normally” isn’t what this photo report is about.
I think you’ll like it!
Take a look at the cool things supporters of New Thing are making possible in the former USSR.
Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel