Poverty, rather than riches, has been the outcome of freedom for many in Ukraine. Into the vacuum left by the demise of communism has come not joy but crime and immorality. The Chernobyl disaster still affects huge swaths of the country and the AIDS virus is beginning to take its toll.
In a struggling society like this one, not only are there a lot of disabled people – some estimates say as many as 2.5 million – but they are among the most marginalised and neglected.
That’s why Bible Society has created a special edition of the New Testament with Psalms for them.
With a bright cover, large print and verses that speak of God’s mercy and healing highlighted in yellow, it is designed to make the recipients feel special and to let them know that they are loved by God.
Bible Society has already distributed 10,000 Bibles, but there are still many more people waiting to receive one.
This article is from The Word at Work – Spring 2010.
In spite of losing her eldest son, her house and her work in the earthquake Irma (pictured) is learning to live again. Irma and her family live in a tent in Cepem camp, one of many tent cities that sprang up after the earthquake.