doug1 is your love in action, inside the former Soviet Union


Curious about where came from?


A report from Doug Brendel to all who support or follow our New Thing ministry in Belarus...


When a child has been hurt...

Your love heals


Welcome back to the town of Zhodino, where New Thing’s work began more than a decade ago....

When children are abused or abandoned in this region, the authorities bring them to this shelter.


It’s horrible to think of anyone mistreating these beautiful children.

But when it happens, they find themselves in a beautiful, safe, loving place.


Over the years, generous friends of New Thing have completely renovated this facility.

You’ve also added a “Domik” (little house) after-school center for at-risk children...

and a “Zontik” (little umbrella) facility upstairs to provide gentle care for children involved in court cases.


Kristina continued her “Flying Balloon Tour” with a visit to the shelter.

She and the team also brought other small gifts, and sweets.


This is a place where you want to find fewer children, not more.

There were only five in the shelter this day.


Little Daniel was too impatient to wait for the pump.


Liudmila Mikhaelevna and her staff are utterly devoted to the care of these children.

With your support, they’ve made this a model shelter for the entire republic of Belarus.


Oleg’s camera and The Great Kozovaya’s tablet were at least as fascinating as the balloons!


Little Anastasia says, “Спасибо за путешествие с нами!”

“Thanks for journeying with us!”


More photos to come!

Much love,

Doug Brendel


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