Our “Response of the Heart” team just received an amazing shipment of donated aid, designated for Pastor Sasha’s ministry to the homeless in Minsk. “The Great Kozovaya” oversaw delivery of 4,760 lbs. of secondhand clothing, bedding, and footwear, plus toys, soap, toothpaste, and more: 237 boxes in all, with a value of $6,551.77. God bless every person who gives faithfully to New Thing: you make this kind of ministry possible!
Some have asked where we stand in our efforts to provide 10 “talking sticks” for blind children at the boarding school in Molodzyechna. Amazing friends have given a total of $3,364.20. We only need $379.04 more to meet the goal. Thank you again to everyone who has participated in this important project. If you haven’t had a chance to help and you’d like to, I depart for Belarus 3 weeks from today so I’ll be happy to hear from you asap. Thanks again!
Sometimes you just have to laugh.
“The Great Kozovaya” got news that a pizza truck would arrive in Belarus the next day from Germany.
Not the kind of truck you buy a slice from at the beach, or on a city street.
This was more of a … semi.
Loaded with pizza.
Lots of pizza.
Seven tons of frozen pizza.
There was no place to store it, no way to keep it refrigerated.
All they could do was give it away — fast.
Kozovaya and her team swung into action.
They called institutions all over Belarus with the amazing news: Send a driver now, and we’ll give you all the pizza you can carry!
“We started to give out the pizzas at 6 p.m.,” interpreter Katya reports, “and finished at 3 p.m. the next day, non-stop.”
21 continuous hours of pizza distribution.
PIZZA FOR EVERYBODY!
Imagine the incredible surprise, the unthinkable blessing, experienced by the poor, the disabled, large families, churches, and people served by institutions all around the country.
Pizza went to Vitebsk in the north, Grodno in the west, Kobryn in the south, Polotsk, Brest, Minsk, and elsewhere!
Thank you to all who give so generously to New Thing — you make it possible for Kozovaya and our “Response of the Heart” team to take advantage of the occasional unexpected bounty, for the sake of people in need.
P.S. Some have wondered about our “talking stick” campaign for blind children at Molodzyechna. As of today, friends have generously given a total of $2,985.16 … so we only have $754.04 to go, and we’ll be able to deliver 10 units to the boarding school. Thank you again!
I’m happy to report that generous friends have given a total of $2,410.16 toward “talking sticks” for blind children at Molodzyechna in Belarus. This is enough for 6 of the 10 units we hope to provide. Thank you to all who have given. If you haven’t participated in this project yet, we’d love to have your help. A single talking stick, at the current rate of exchange, costs $373.92. If you can give $93.48, we’ll combine your gift with three others to purchase one talking stick! But any donation you can make, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
You should be proud. These photos, from 3 days ago, show your compassion at work.
Our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk co-organized a Festival dedicated to the “International Day of Down Syndrome Children.”
We partnered with Belarusian Down Syndrome Youth Organization and the Palace of Children and Youth in Minsk.
Thanks to friends like you supporting New Thing so faithfully and generously, our team was able to give every child a box full of gifts — plus big stuffed animals!
“The event was very touching and colorful,” Kozovaya says. “It brought lots of joy to the children!”
All of this happened just one day after Kozovaya and her team received the latest loads of humanitarian aid to distribute throughout Belarus:
From Germany: 12 tons of clothing, toys, furniture, sewing machines, wheelchairs
From the U.S.: 14 tons of boxes full of presents for children (just in time for the Festival!)
Thank you so much for reaching out so graciously through New Thing to the people of Belarus. I am grateful for you. God bless you!
We’ve already celebrated the “magnifier.”
This is the equipment we bought for the visually impaired children at the boarding school in Molodzyechna, Belarus.
But now that it’s installed and working, the staffers there are finding that it’s even more fabulous.
This machine also helps totally blind children — by reading text to them.
In fact, as you’ll see in this little 69-second video, a blind child can listen to the text on headphones while a visually impaired child simultaneously READS the text, enlarged and highlighted, on the screen.
(At about 50 seconds, the camera seems to drop — this is just a momentary video problem, as the staffer helps the child get his headphones on.)
When I first saw this video, I honestly thought I was hearing a staff person reading to the child.
But no, that’s THE MACHINE reading aloud. In beautiful, perfect Russian.
I cannot fully express my thanks to all those who gave so graciously and generously to provide this incredible device to the blind and partially blind children of Molodzyechna.
There is no possible way they could have ever experienced such a phenomenal luxury — in their culture, in their economy — without the vision and the open-heartedness of friends like you.
THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU!