A Poem by Berin, a Teenager with Special Needs
Boris is still in the care of those at Zijah and Lorena's church and he will start to attend regular school at the beginning of the next school year. It is great news to see God working on this way!
Zijah and Lorena's church in Bosnia focuses heavily on caring for refugees with the aim to share the gospel with them. But that's not all they do.
Meeting Berin at the Special Needs School
A team of people from that church has been visiting a school for kids with special needs for the past five years. And four years ago they met a young man named Berin. The first time they saw him, Berin was writing a poem and didn't appear on the surface like someone who had special needs.
But his story was very hard. Berin did not know his parents and he was living in the boarding school from Monday through Friday. Then he went to a foster family over the weekend. The foster family allegedly treated Berin badly and there were reports that they would humiliate and even beat him.
Fighting for Berin
Since Berin would show little cognisance of his life outside of school or his foster family it seemed to many people that the only solution was to transfer Berin to the hospital for people with mental problems for the rest of his life.
But the team from the church in Bosnia did everything in their power to find a way for Berin to be taken out of his foster family and away from the hospital. And to the glory of God, Berin finally got a place to live in a good home in town. Today, Berin attends church regularly, volunteers in several projects, and is learning to live life out of an institution.
And to this day, Berin is still writing poetry. Here is one he wrote (translated from the Bosnian language) about his situation in life and what he's learning:
I do not know why my mother left me.
Maybe it happened
because of health problems that I have.
Maybe I should be angry at her.
However, when I am angry,
I do not feel good.
I feel good if I forgive.
I will forgive her and
I will hope that one day I will find her.
Then I will have mother and she will have son.
It will be great day.
Praying for Berin
Would you join the church in Bosnia in praying for Berin and the situation with his mom? They have located her in the hospital for mental people and they are praying for reconciliation between mother and son.