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The Story of the Fellowship of the Least Coin
The Fellowship of the Least Coin Prayer
O loving Creator, we present ourselves in your divine presence to thank you for all the bountiful gifts of life. We are especially grateful for the Fellowship of the Least Coin which binds us together in love and forgiveness around the globe. Free us from all doubts and prejudices, we pray. Inspire us to live in solidarity with humankind that we may know the joy of giving and receiving. Dear God, accept the least coin “token of love.” Make us mindful of the miracles of these coins. Let us honor your creation with love, as shown through the life and resurrection of your son, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
The International Fellowship of the Least Coin (IFLC) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace and reconciliation. Persons in this movement make a commitment to spend time in prayer, and to uphold in prayer others who are victims of jealousy, hatred, violence, and injustice to the family, community, nation, and the world. Every time one prays, she sets aside a “least coin” of her currency as a tangible token of her prayer. Church Women United is the custodian for FLC offerings in the United States.
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Additional information about the Fellowship of the Least Coin in the United States is available by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org calling 1-800-CWU-5551. Donations can be sent by check to: Church Women United, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 243, New York, NY 10115. Specify pay to the order of “Fellowship of the Least Coin.”
A Letter from the Executive Secretary of ICFLC
To the Church Women United, USA,
Dear Sisters who are called by God to be disciples of Jesus Christ in our time, who have listened to the prodding of the Holy Spirit deep within your hearts, who have faithfully listened to the groaning of humanity and of all creation, who have prayed fervently for justice, peace and reconciliation, and have set aside your least coins as token of sincerity and love: God’s grace and peace be with you in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Friend.
I bring you greetings from the ICFLC during this important May Friendship Day. Women representatives from all the regions of the world give thanks to God for your faithfulness in being part of our global prayer movement for justice, peace and reconciliation. This is our spirituality that roots us deeply in the love of God and in God’s plan for the wellbeing of all of God’s creation, “that they may have life and have it abundantly,” according to Jesus in John 10:10. We praise God for your meaningful theme of “Listening to My Sisters.” It is listening in faith to the stories of your sisters from far away lands, whom you have not met and yet prayed for, as you have listened to sisters beside you: Stories of doubt and faith; hatred and forgiveness; sorrows and joys; despair and triumph; suffering and hope; fear and courage; loneliness and sisterhood; exclusiveness and widening of circles. Many are stories of victims but many are stories of survivors of violence who in faith and with sisterhood are able to regain the pieces of their dignity and stand up to also listen to others’ struggles for change. In Papua New Guinea, FLC supported women were flown to hospital by medevac ministry of Mission Aviation Fellowship: “Mary Yapa had given birth the previous week but unfortunately the baby had been born dead. In the days following the delivery, Mary had been getting progressively weaker and more ill. Unable to walk or eat, her health was deteriorating to the point that there was real concern for survival…Mary was evacuated to the nearest hospital. ….Your gift has been greatly appreciated by the MAF team in PNG.” Twenty-six mothers in Beirut in a project “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families” have:
- Established mutual trust and readiness to help each other
- Become aware of prevention of diseases and reducing illness
- Become aware of ways to solve social problems and reduce stress
- Changed to healthy lifestyle
- Gained self-reliance
These are just two of the many stories of God’s love shared through FLC. Thus, let us continue with our acts of listening to our sisters, as Shanti Solomon and Margaret Shannon and all those who followed them did. “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” James 3: 18. In Christ,
Corazon Tabing-Reyes, Executive Secretary of ICFLC