Bottle Drive 3.19.2016

We’ll be having a bottle drive on Saturday, March 19, 2016. If you have bottles or cans you’d like to donate, we’d be more than happy to arrange for someone to pick them up. Bottles and cans can also be dropped off at our church (Russian Baptist Church, 211 Mosher Rd., Gorham Maine), near the […]

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yesterday is only accessible through our memories. For someone it is 10 years, for others it is 20, and still for others it is 30, 40 or perhaps even 80 years. We cannot return that time, or correct it, nor can we add to it. Tomorrow will always be tomorrow—technically, tomorrow […]


With time, much is forgotten—like a dried flower lost between the pages of a book, or a yellowed letter that is only dear to the one for whom it was intended. Souvenirs. Sometimes you receive a card or a postcard and you try to mentally live those events so distant from your own reality. Allow […]

Bottle and Metal Drive Appreciation

We would like to thank everyone who contributed in the bottle and metal drives. Many folks donated their bottles and metal to Hand in Hand, thank you for your help! Others helped in sorting and transporting the bottles and metal to the redemption centers, thank you for your help! As always, the proceeds will go on […]

Sasha’s wheelchair

In May we wrote about our friend Alexander (Sasha), who for the majority of the last ten years has been confined to his bed. After graduating from school, Sasha and his friends decided to go swimming. Sasha dove into shallow waters and hurt his spine. Today he can use his hands very minimally—he is able […]

Summer 2015

What two words can you use to describe a mission trip? Stress and blessings! Begomel, Orsha, Ryacno, Bogyshevsk, Rechetsa, Dyatlova, Druya… the distance between these locations is several hundred miles. Hundreds of children. Over 40 volunteers from America, Belarus, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan; all from different cultures, all different ages, but all united in one desire: to […]

Hand in Hand Reunion 2015

In this day and age of social media and smart phones, we find ourselves feeling “connected” even though we are miles apart. Technology allows us to stay in touch with each other as well as with the children and teenagers we have met in Belarus, but it has its drawbacks as well. As we connect […]

2015 Reunion

We’ve had an amazing summer and it’s time to start planning for our winter trip. But first, we invite you to attend our Hand in Hand reunion on Saturday, September 19th at 11am. It will be a day filled with food, fellowship, and lots of fond memories… whether you’ve accompanied us to Belarus before, would […]

The Power of Prayer

Every year, our church prays over our group before we fly out to Belarus. And every year, members are given the chance to sign up to pray for 30 minute blocks so that our ministry is prayed over 24/7 while we are away. If that’s not a blessing, we’re not sure what is.

And we’re off!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our last big fundraiser before the start of our summer camp season. The Russian Dinner was a success! Please pray for our mission teams as they begin work in Belarus this June. We are hoping to host nine summer camps this season and will have the opportunity […]