Lydia’s leaving too


One more day, and we’ll be gone.
My wife Kristina, our daughter Lydia, and I are leaving for Belarus.

It will be my 32nd trip to Belarus, Kristina’s 28th, and Lydia’s 17th.
Lydia, now 13 years old, has been visiting Belarus since she was 7 months old!

In some ways, she’ll be the most important member of our team.
When she walks into a children’s shelter, or meets a government official, it’s no longer just “the Americans” visiting.
Now, it’s “Wow. They even brought their child. These people really care.”

And we do. Lydia included.
She continually pushes us to let her go back to Belarus.

At the moment, we’re focused on air fares and travel arrangements.
If you’d like to take part in this adventure by giving a gift of support, we’d be grateful.

In any case, you’ll see Lydia in the days ahead, through our photo reports.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Passover/Easter!
Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,
Doug Brendel

P.S. Here are a few photos of Lydia in Belarus over the years.

3 tons of corn flakes!

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Time for breakfast!

Our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk just took delivery of a truckload of humanitarian aid from Germany.

* 7 tons of clothing and shoes
* 2 tons of furniture
* and 3 tons of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!

(Which do you think is going to thrill the children of Belarus the most?)

These wonderful gifts will be distributed in the days ahead with special focus on large families (including foster families), disabled people, and the elderly.

How does it happen? It happens thanks to friends like you, supporting New Thing!

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

4 million rubles later…


Hi again!

Friends of New Thing were generous in responding to the challenge of buying a new washing machine for the Golotin foster family in Minsk.
We have enough to get them not only the new machine, but also the new computer they urgently need.

They were thrilled!
They’ve already gone out to the big “Element” store in Minsk to buy the washing machine—
for a little over 4 million Belarusian rubles! (Less than $300!)

I am grateful to all who responded so warmly and so promptly….
The Golotins are especially grateful that we delivered help before their old machine died.

Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel