All better now!

Remember the hospital I told you about last summer?
The one with the crummy homemade shower and the nailed-together cribs for babies?
All better now!… thanks to generous friends of New Thing!
Here are a few photos from the grateful doctors and nurses at Volozhin.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

If you made any of these…


Happy New Year!

If you made New Year’s resolutions a year ago…
  1. If you resolved to get as close as possible to $9 R.O.I. on every $1 you contributed to compassionate outreaches…
  2. If you resolved to send at least half a million pounds of practical aid to people in need…
  3. If you resolved to help at least 2,500 needy families face-to-face…
  4. If you resolved to offer a healthy lunch to more than 100 homeless and poor every single day…
Then maybe you not only fulfilled your New Year’s resolutions — maybe you EXCEEDED them.
Everyone who supported New Thing in 2018 did all of that, and more, in the former USSR.
You also had a part in all this:
  • You gave “Life Starter Kits” to graduating orphans at Kobryn, Belarus.
  • You provided a commercial dryer for care of hundreds of children at risk of tuberculosis in Old Borisov.
  • You gave big, fluffy bath towels to speech-impaired children at Novogrudok.
  • You sent disabled children and their families from Dzerzhinsk to summer camp — and to the circus
  • You delivered, to children in various institutions, countless gift boxes donated by various groups in other countries.
  • You provided legal and medical help to homeless folks in Minsk.
  • You funded a new shower as well as cribs, mattresses, high chairs, and dining room tables and chairs for the hospital at Volozhin.
  • You provided a whole year’s worth of basic medications and medical supplies for care of disabled children at Osipovichi.
  • You gave inhalers and other medical equipment to workers at Uzda so they could care for immune-compromised children.
And the list goes on.
I can’t thank you enough.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
You’ve succeeded.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Now they can breathe!

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Kids with breathing problems and other issues needed new medical equipment.

Friends of New Thing gave generously to provide it.

I met the kids in person recently, and now you can too!
I think you’ll be delighted by these children!
Definitely widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.
Thank you to all who have followed New Thing in 2018.
Happy New Year!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

“Bums” are people too

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Not pretty. Not “successful.” Not up to hardly anyone’s standards.

But I love them.

Wanna see?

Here are a few photos of New Thing’s work with the homeless and poor in Minsk.

I think they’re appropriate for Christmas Eve, since Jesus started out homeless and poor, too.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel


TB? What’s TB?


We hardly think about tuberculosis anymore.

But it’s still a disturbing reality in some places.
Hard to imagine, then, that a place focused on “TB” can be joyful.
Yup, it’s true.
And friends like you have helped make it happen.
The kids at Old Borisov will make you smile!
I suggest you widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Hello from Karl Marx!

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Greetings from our flat on Karl Marx Street in Minsk!

I was so happy to be able to report to “The Great Kozovaya” that we made the goal, and we’ll be able to provide all the medical equipment that the children need at Uzda.
Thank you to all who gave so generously … I’ll be at Uzda on Monday and I’ll post photos!
In the meantime, look at what happened before I arrived: You inspired something great!
(I suggest you widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.)
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

The gift of breath


Take a deep breath. Feels good!

I invite you to give that — the gift of breath — as a Christmas gift … to a sick child in Belarus.
Children at the boarding school in Uzda, south of Minsk, are living with compromised immune systems.
It’s a severe problem especially in the southern parts of Belarus, closer to Chernobyl.
When Kristina visited these kids back in January, it was clear the workers urgently needed new medical equipment.
She called it “ancient.” (You can see her original photo report here.)
Frankly, we just haven’t had the money.
But I’m hoping, before this year comes to a close, that we can meet at least their most serious needs:
  • $296 for a multi-purpose electronic device to treat children with breathing difficulties, cardio and gastrointestinal problems, and other issues.
  • $730 for a pair of ultrasonic nebulizers — the old one is almost 25 years old, but they really need two to care for so many children.
  • $1250 for an ultrasound unit (the current one, 27 years old, breaks down all the time, and can hardly be repaired anymore).
Which means the total challenge is $2276.
Whatever you can do today, I’ll be grateful. The workers caring for the children at Uzda will thank God for you!
I do urge you to respond ASAP, though, because I leave for Belarus on the 10th of December.
I really want to bring good news to our “Response of the Heart” team there.
Thank you for considering this need, this opportunity to offer life and hope, in the midst of your busy Christmas preparations.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

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