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Greetings to all who have given, or who follow, New Thing’s work in the former USSR!

I’ve received a message from Kozovaya, the leader of our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk.
She’s heard from the town of Porechsky, in the west of Belarus, where there’s a boarding school for some 500 children with serious gastro-intestinal and other abdominal problems.
There’s a serious problem with the water purification system.
The children, who require significant amounts of drinking water every day because of their medical condition, cannot — MUST NOT — drink the water.
Director Larisa and her staff are doing their best to meet the need by purchasing bottled water, but it’s impossibly expensive.
They urgently need a water purification system, including an electric boiler, and ideally they would install a drinking fountain in the facility for the children too. The total need is $2,250.
I want to help them. If I could do it myself, I would. But maybe we can do it together.
So I invite you to give whatever you can.
(Maybe you’ve never given to New Thing before, but you can sympathize with children who don’t have clean water to drink, and you could be 1 of 100 friends to give $22.50. Or maybe you could give more.)
Whatever you feel would be right to do, I urge you to respond quickly, because water can’t wait. And these children, because of their medical situation, need pure water more than most.
Thanks for understanding the urgency of this situation and taking action ASAP. I depart for Belarus on Sept. 5th and I hope to deliver the good news that generous friends have met the need!
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

I am humbled

I am humbled, and grateful, and weeping.

Ten households responded to this request for help, and met the need.
I feel so unworthy when compassionate people respond beyond my meager faith.
But thank you to everyone who has given, and/or pledged, and/or prayed.
It is a privilege to serve alongside you among the needy ones of Belarus.
Much love,
Doug
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Greetings!

This is to ask a favor.
It’s small, and at the same time, it’s huge.
You saw the soup kitchen we’ve established for the homeless, the poor, the disabled people of Minsk.
It’s the single biggest step of faith we’ve ever taken — because of the cost of utilities, especially in the deep Belarusian winter.
As careful as we are with expenses, we’ve been operating our entire ministry, all across Belarus, for just $4,000 a month.
Now, with the soup kitchen added, it will take an average of $4,641 a month.
A few deeply committed friends have stepped up and committed to covering our soup kitchen utilities for several months of the year.
But there’s still an average monthly shortfall of $133.
So I’m asking every friend of New Thing to take one small action:
Click here and commit to a monthly donation, to help us keep this building, and keep this work of compassion going.
Any monthly gift, large or small, will be an enormous help.
A few friends are already giving every month.
Some have been giving monthly for years.
Some give $10 or $20 a month. Others give hundreds. And there are several in between.
But it’s the faithfulness that makes the biggest difference.
Whatever commitment you can make, I hope you’ll do it right away.
We need to know that we can keep our doors open, for those who have no one else to turn to.
Thanks for letting me share this need, this opportunity, with you.
And thanks for journeying with us.
Much love,
Doug Brendel

A favor, large and small

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This is to ask a favor.
It’s small, and at the same time, it’s huge.

You saw the soup kitchen we’ve established for the homeless, the poor, the disabled people of Minsk.
It’s the single biggest step of faith we’ve ever taken — because of the cost of utilities, especially in the deep Belarusian winter.

As careful as we are with expenses, we’ve been operating our entire ministry, all across Belarus, for just $4,000 a month.
Now, with the soup kitchen added, it will take an average of $4,641 a month.

A few deeply committed friends have stepped up and committed to covering our soup kitchen utilities for several months of the year.
But there’s still an average monthly shortfall of $133.

So I’m asking every friend of New Thing to take one small action:
Click here and commit to a monthly donation, to help us keep this building, and keep this work of compassion going.
Any monthly gift, large or small, will be an enormous help.

A few friends are already giving every month.
Some have been giving monthly for years.
Some give $10 or $20 a month. Others give hundreds. And there are several in between.
But it’s the faithfulness that makes the biggest difference.

Whatever commitment you can make, I hope you’ll do it right away.
We need to know that we can keep our doors open for those who have no one else to turn to.

Thanks for letting me share this need, this opportunity, with you.
And thanks for journeying with us.
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Every child deserves a childhood

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Greetings from Karl Marx Street!

I’m back in Belarus, visiting places where your support for New Thing is making a beautiful difference.
Also me endangering my life on a trampoline🙂
I suggest you widen your browser to the max in order to enjoy the photos fully.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel
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