For children living at a centre for cerebral palsy in Belgrade, Serbia, life is doubly hard. Not only do they have to contend with the suffering and the many physical challenges they face due to their condition, many of them also do not have a caring family.
Bible Society of Serbia Executive Secretary, Vera Mitic, visited the centre recently to meet the children and to provide them with children's Bibles, as well as small gifts such as toys and fruit.
"Many of the children have been living at the centre for years. Often their parents are divorced and the children receive little family support," says Mrs Mitic.
At the centre every ounce of everyone's efforts is directed to battling the physical challenges, which requires a great deal of patience, effort and determination.
Perhaps it's not surprising that the message of the Bible is welcome here, and finds a ready audience amongst the children. The challenges that they face every day mean that they almost turn naturally to God because they need His strength and courage to help them cope.
This article is from The Word at Work – Autumn 2012