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.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her familys poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.