She stepped in…

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Greetings to all who follow or support New Thing’s work of compassion in the former USSR.

We’ve lost a good friend.
Years ago, a business owner in the Southeast learned about New Thing and committed to supporting the work every month.
When the crash of 2008 decimated her business, she reluctantly decreased the amount of her monthly gift….
But her aged mother, Alice, wasn’t willing to settle for such a defeat.
Even on her limited income, she determined to step in and make up the difference.
Every month, without fail, Alice sent $50 to help New Thing care for children and adults in need in Belarus.
I just got word that Alice has slipped away.
Her record of faithfulness was flawless to end.
I want to honor Alice’s memory in an appropriate way.
I think it would please her to know that others have picked up where she left off.
To sustain the chain of compassion that she was so determined to keep alive.
Maybe you would like to be part of this.
It’s possible that you’ve thought about making a commitment to monthly support of New Thing.
Now would be a great time.
$50 a month is a very big deal in Belarus.
A gift of $15 or $20 a month would make a real difference.
You’ll bless orphans, abused and abandoned children, the sick, the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, children and adults behind bars, and others in need.
We’re 100% on the U.S. side, so every penny you give to New Thing will go into Belarus.
Or you could arrange for your bank to send a monthly check.
Either way, I am grateful for your willingness to consider it.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Your love, by the numbers…

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I’ve just received the annual report from our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk, detailing the work that friends like you accomplished in 2016.

To be honest, before I even got to the end of it, I was having trouble reading because of the tears in my eyes.

Thanks to generous friends of New Thing providing 100% of the funding for the entire operation in Belarus, our “Response of the Heart” team brought in humanitarian aid with a total value of $887,660: clothes, shoes, food, hygiene items, furniture and other household furnishings, appliances, new medical devices, medical equipment and medical supplies, building materials, sanitary ware, sports equipment, toys, and more.
They received and processed a new load of aid on an average of every 15 days — a total of just under 450,000 pounds (225 tons) — from the U.S., Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
This year for the first time we also began bringing in donated brand-new medical equipment: $625,481 worth, for use in intensive care and surgical departments.

Overall, you helped 5,100 families directly, plus thousands of others — the poor, the disabled, the aged, abused children, orphans, foster families, veterans, and more — through the institutions and groups that received aid from “Response of the Heart.”
And you provided a hot meal every day for up to 115 homeless people at our new “soup kitchen” in Minsk — plus another 12 bedridden homeless who can’t make it to our facility.
Through it all, as always, our work on the U.S. side has been 100% volunteer, so every penny given to New Thing has gone into Belarus.
You have made God’s love clear to so many in my adopted homeland. I can’t begin to express my gratitude.
Thank you, from my heart, for journeying with us.
Much love,
Doug Brendel