A “no matter what” kind of love

IMG_0890 copy.jpgOn this Thanksgiving Eve, I think you and I have a lot to be thankful for.
Many, many blessings in this country of ours.
Many I fail to take note of, most days.
But when I’m in Belarus, it hits home for me.
An old-fashioned word comes to mind:
We have bounty.
Compared to the rest of the world, we have lots and lots.
Tomorrow, I’m going to be grateful for our bounty.
And I will absolutely be grateful for friends like you, who share.
Because not everybody has bounty.
Here’s the final photo report from my November visit to Belarus.
I think the children and youth at Dzerzhinsk will make you smile!
Please widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Great news, and great kids!

img_0108-copyI’m delighted to report that generous friends of New Thing pulled together to make the goal of our first annual Thanksgiving Matching Challenge!

So the workers at the boarding school in Osipovichi will have meds for the whole year, for the profoundly disabled children in their care.
Thank you to all who gave!
Your gifts are being matched dollar-for-dollar, your impact literally doubled, thanks to the two friends who offered this matching challenge.
Meanwhile, I’m elsewhere in Belarus, and ready to introduce you to some beautiful kids at Vysokovsk.
Please widen your browser to the max to enjoy the photos fully.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Update on meds for Thanksgiving

Just a quick note about our efforts to provide meds for disabled children at Osipovichi….
I depart for Belarus in a few hours, arriving on Sunday, and on Monday I’ll meet with our “Response of the Heart” team leaders, “The Great Kozovaya” and Lydia Danielevna.
I’d love to tell them we’ve met the matching challenge.
To date, friends have generously provided $1246.40.
If others will give a total of $574.66, we’ll make the goal — and the matching challenge will kick in:
Every dollar will be doubled, to meet the entire $3,642.12 need.
So if you’re able to take part in this today, I’ll be very grateful.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel