The Fellowship of the Least Coin is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace and reconciliation. Anyone who wishes to join this movement makes a commitment to spend time in prayer whenever she has a strained relationship with another person, and to uphold in prayer others who are victims of jealousy, hatred, violence and injustice.
Cuba(WDP 2016 Host Country)
We continue to hold Cuba, our World Day of Prayer 2016 host country, in our prayers.
Life in Cuba is considerably less romantic than its amazing architecture and fascinating history. Running water, electricity, transportation and finding food present continuing challenges for most people. The black market thrives for the basic goods we take for granted. Many new hotels are currently being built with little growth to the infrastructure, which will make such resources even harder to come by. The Cuban people are rightly proud of their free education and good health care, but supplies are in short supply. Teachers and doctors are leaving their professions to enter the more lucrative tourist industry. As the government engages in the expansion of a free-market economy, the disparity of income between the haves and have-nots increases.
Despite these hardships, the people we met were warm, generous and very hospitable. They are proud to be Cuban and invite you to share in their creative and vibrant society.
Let us pray for Cuba and her people, that their resilience and optimism will be rewarded by a stable government and measured growth that honours the social structures they hold dear. May the Christian Churches continue to grow and provide a beacon of love and hope in these changing times. As Cuba continues to find its way in what is to them a new era, may we, as Christians throughout the world, keep them foremost in our prayers, our support and our Christian charity. Peace.
Marjorie Bain is WICC Communications Chair
and representative to Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN).
She lives in Toronto, ON