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to Belarus

Belarus - Music on a Mission

My connection to Belarus:
Long time friends, Doug & Kristina Brendel became involved with Belarus after the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl 1986. Kristina was hired to photograph the damage for an American charitable organization after they discovered that the Soviet government refused to help its own people
 (over 25% of the country was destroyed and uninhabitable).

With their homes, livestock, and schools destroyed, these people who were seriously ill had nowhere to go. The Brendels committed to finding a way to bring ongoing help and hope to these resilient hard working people. Over time I heard the stories about Belarus and helped a bit here and there. After joining MSW I was given the opportunity to make my first trip in 2011. I know God connected me with the Brendels all those years ago for this present time and purpose.

We strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to leave a footprint of justice and mercy wherever we go. Updates for our current projects will be emailed to our friends periodically and posted in the Belarus Bits Blog. We would love to keep you informed, please SIGN UP for Belarus updates so you won't ever miss your opportunity to pray, give and rejoice with us as we promote God's love in this region of the world.

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Our Work With Individuals
  • Foster Family, Olga & Yuri Bokumenko
Our On-Going State Projects with Liudmila Kozovaya
  • The Church Of St Nikolis
  • The Ushachi Hospital (Dr. Sergei)
  • Sasha’s Soup Kitchen (Sasha Cherninsky)
  • Small projects upon request ie  Minsk juvenile detention center, Chekhovshinskya orphanage

►COMING SOON◄ 
As you can see, we've changed a few things with regard to Belarus. The historical record of our help and involvement in Belarus since Vicki's first trip in 2011 will be available in the near future. For now, please refer to this page and the Belarus Bits Blog to stay informed of the latest news. If you have not done so already, please request to be added to our mailing list, so we can notify you when these changes are made, and when another opportunity arises for you to partner with us.  Thank you for your prayers and tangible gifts to this cause. ♥

Belarus Bits

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Little Bits About Belarus

“Where Is Belarus?” 
Polatsk, Belarus is the actual geographical center of all of Europe. Polatsk is a small city a couple of hours drive north of Minsk. Minsk sits in the middle of the country and is its capital. Russia borders Belarus to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the southwest, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Who knew!  Little Belarus is the center of Europe!

Is Belarus' National Religion Russian Orthodox?
There are no reliable statistics. More than half of the Belarusian population identify with the Russian Orthodox Church, although many do not participate with any regularity.  About a third of the population are Roman Catholics. Protestants make up about 25% of the population. However, the government refuses to register many Protestant communities, which makes their activities illegal from the official viewpoint of the Belarusian state.

Child Welfare Services In Belarus
Currently, more than 1.7 million children live in Belarus and about 25,000 among them do so without parents.That number stays relatively stable with predictable peaks in times of crises. In the 1990's the number of orphaned children tripled and resources were scarce.About 80% of children in state custody are Social Orphans. This term describes children who live in orphanages or foster care and have living biological parents. Foster care is relatively new to Belarus and is probably the biggest improvement in the child welfare system to date.

Vicki McDermitt - Ooutreach Belarus -  is an outreach of Music Serving the Word Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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