My name is Bran. I went to Belarus and Russia with Operation Carelift (and later GAiN) many times over. The Lord used those trips in so many ways in my life. He planted a love for the Russian people—especially her orphans—in my heart, as well as a love for missions. And used that time in my life to call me into full time ministry. I have been a pastor since 2005 and see how the Lord used what he originally called Mr. McDowell to in 1991, to call me.