• Doug Brendel

Happy Birthday to “The Great Kozovaya”!

Updated: Sep 6, 2019



Today is the birthday of the woman we call “The Great Kozovaya.” Liudmila Kozovaya is 66 today. She could be retired, living on a pension. But she is giving her life to care for the needy ones of her country.

She leads our “Response of the Heart” team in Minsk. It’s difficult, often tedious work. But she is unfailingly cheerful.

Over the past year, Kozovaya’s leadership enabled you to make a beautiful impact in Belarus:

  1. You provided classroom equipment for 113 children with severe speech disorders in the specialized orphanage at Novogrudok.

  2. You supported Pastor Sasha’s daily feeding program for the homeless of Minsk.

  3. You built a children’s educational kitchen in the “Domik” after-school center at the children’s shelter in Zhodino.

  4. You provided magnifying equipment for nearly 100 visually impaired children at the boarding school in Molodzyechna.

  5. You replaced an aged warehouse with 2 brand-new shipping containers which are serving beautifully.

  6. And you gave a foster family 2 gifts they were giddy with joy over: a lawnmower … and a ping pong table!

You also gave Kozovaya a wonderful surprise birthday gift last year: providing 3 commercial freezers for a boarding school for children with respiratory ailments at Bogushevsk. (That was fun! Here’s the photo report from that day.)

Today, I’d like you to help me give The Great Kozovaya another great birthday present. In her hometown, there’s a shelter for abused and abandoned children. Kristina visited it last month. (Here’s that photo report.) The director, Natalia, is doing her best. But in such a primitive building, they could really use a TV set. And a shoe dryer. Even a built-in closet would be a tremendous improvement.

I’d like to present all three to the shelter as a gift honoring The Great Kozovaya’s 66th birthday. It will take a total of $1,520. Please consider what part you could play … Maybe be 1 of 10 friends giving $152. Or 1 of 20 friends giving $76. Whatever you give today, Tuesday, we’ll apply toward Kozovaya’s birthday gift to the shelter in her hometown.

And you know what? She will giggle with delight. Because that’s just how she is. I hope to hear from you today. Thanks for journeying with us! Much love, Doug Brendel


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