Photos, but not exactly from “New Thing”

What you are about to see is NOT a “New Thing” project.
But it was so moving to me personally, I wanted you to experience it too.
No donations to New Thing were used on this project.
More New Thing photos to come.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel


Lydia Danielevna’s birthday present! Wow!


Last night in Minsk, I had the joy of attending Lydia Danielevna’s 74th birthday party. She is the hard-working second-in-command of our “Response of the Heart” team in Belarus — and the person who originally introduced us to her longtime friend “The Great Kozovaya.”

I asked our New Thing ministry family to give Lydia Danielevna an unusual birthday gift: a donation to New Thing which she could bestow on any Belarusian institution we serve. Lydia Danielevna was surprised and thrilled to receive a total of $1,076 for the needy!

As soon as she decides where the funds will go, I’ll let you know. Thank you to all who gave so generously!

Much love,

Doug Brendel on Karl Marx Street

As I prepare to depart


As I prepare to depart for Belarus tomorrow, I invite you to share in a very special (secret) birthday celebration.

Our beloved Lydia Danielevna, second-in-command in our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk, will turn 74 while I’m there. (That’s her in the photo, with her goddaughter, our own Lydia Charlotte.)

They’re planning a great birthday feast in her flat on that day.

I’d like to surprise her with a special gift from you.

Anything you’re able to donate to New Thing between now and May 19th, I’ll present to her for her birthday on May 20th … not as a gift for HER, but for her to GIVE toward any need, in any institution served by our ministry in Belarus.

I can tell you with confidence, it will be the most thrilling birthday present she has ever received.

And it will help people, somewhere in Belarus, in real need. I’ll let you know how your gift is being used — and we’ll do our best to get photos, of course!

You can use this link to donate online — or send a check to New Thing at 403 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich MA 01938, and we’ll wire your gift to Belarus.

Lydia Danielevna is giving her life to meeting the crying needs of her people. We’ve saluted her dedication many times. But this unusual birthday gift will make it really personal.

I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

P.S. She doesn’t look 74, does she? 🙂

You did it!


Thank you to all who gave toward our campaign to provide 10 “talking stick” units for the blind children at the boarding school in Molodzyechna, Belarus.

We made the goal, and when I visit the school on the 19th, I’ll have the joy of giving the director and staff the great news.
The children and the workers will be thrilled!
Much love,
Doug Brendel