Surprised? Yes

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I was recently invited by the government of Belarus to attend a meeting in Washington D.C.
The Director of the Dept. of Humanitarian Affairs in Minsk flew in to talk with the 20 or so heads of organizations either providing or planning to provide aid to Belarus.
But I was shocked to be called up to the front — to receive one of three awards from the Belarusian government, saluting the groups that have served in Belarus the longest.
I was honored to receive the award in the name of every person who has ever given to New Thing.
Thank you for expressing such love, in such a real way, through your generous support.
(You can see the picture more clearly here, as well as a photo of the whole group.)
Much love,
Doug Brendel

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