• Doug Brendel

Here’s what happened

Updated: Sep 6, 2019


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I posted a week ago with disturbing news out of Belarus, and asked for your help.

I threw some numbers at you:

1. The nation’s largest humanitarian aid operation, with a staff of just 4 people.


2. It used to cost $3500 a month; now, because of rampant inflation there, suddenly it takes $4000.

3. A total of just 21 households give monthly to New Thing — total: less than $2000 a month.

4. A friend promised to match the first $250 a month in new pledges.

Well, here’s what happened — by the numbers:

9 friends responded with immediate gifts, totaling $1870.

3 faithful monthly supporters increased their giving by a total of $235 a month.

7 friends made a monthly pledge for the first time ever, for a total of $405 a month.

This wonderful outpouring of generosity means we now have $2790 a month pledged, toward our $4000 need.

A tremendous start. I am truly grateful for those who responded so warmly, so quickly.

As you can see, we still have a ways to go.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence … thinking about making a monthly pledge … if you’ve been wondering if you’re needed…

We need you. Because the people of Belarus need you.

The simplest way is to auto-give each month, so you don’t have to remember to mail a check. You can use this link.

Or your bank might have a program that auto-mails a check (this is how Kristina and I give).

Any amount you can give each month will make a very real impact on the lives of thousands of people in need, in the “forgotten country” of Belarus.

Please note: No New Thing donations come to me or Kristina; we’re volunteers. 100% of your giving goes into Belarus.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for understanding, and for journeying with us.

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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