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The Explosive Growth of the FLC

Even though the Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC) prayer movement is not a fundraising body, it has witnessed not only miraculous answers to prayer but also remarkable financial provision for the projects it has supported. In this week’s blog post, I am returning to the first decade of this amazing movement to demonstrate its explosive growth and list a few of the life-changing projects that assisted disadvantaged women and their families and communities.


From its beginning, in 1956, when Shanti Solomon shared her God-given vision of the FLC concept until the celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the trajectory of this movement was like a small rocket that slowly rose from its launch pad and then grew larger and larger as it streaked into the stratosphere. In 1957, the collection of least coins from seven countries amounted to US$11,000 and ten years later, the annual offerings from sixty-six countries across six continents totalled US$57,382.84. In this first decade of operation, the FLC’s collection of least coins amounted to nearly US$400,000 being made available in grants.



During those ten years, at least 120 projects around the globe received funding from the collection of humble least coins that were offered with prayers for peace, justice and reconciliation. Just a few of the projects to benefit during this decade were:

  • The purchase of a building for orphans in Korea.

  • A grant to re-open schools in Columbia.

  • The purchase of beds for TB patients in India.

  • A childcare program in Harlem, New York City.

  • Pastoral work among Asian and African students in France.

  • Work among Aboriginal girls in Australia.

  • Poor farmers in Ceylon.

  • A children’s home in Kenya.

  • Church work in Vietnam.

  • A farming project in Bolivia.

  • Leadership training for women in Indonesia.

  • Home consultations in the Caribbean.

  • Rumanian refugees in France.

  • Ministry to migrants in North America.

  • Aged care home in Hong Kong.

  • Relief work for flood victims in Laos.

  • A women’s ministry team to the Middle East.

  • Work among youth in Burma.

  • Nurses sent from Japan to Nepal.

  • Work in the UK among ‘problem’ teenagers.

  • A girls' hostel in Tahiti.

The two important aspects of the FLC that still need to be emphasised today are:

  1. That not more than the least coin of a country’s currency be given as a token of each prayer so that every person praying is effectively giving the same amount.

  2. That the covenant of prayer and world fellowship be emphasised, rather than fundraising, and that the individual amounts collected by each participating country are not compared or published only the total amount of the offerings is published.

Currently, the world is divided into 8 regions for the distribution of grants from the FLC offerings:

  1. Africa

  2. Asia

  3. Europe

  4. Middle East

  5. North America

  6. Caribbean

  7. Latin America

  8. Pacific

Each year, the administration of the FLC publishes their ‘Messages & Reports’ booklet to share what they are doing and to be accountable to their many members. The 2020 booklet can be read and downloaded at

http://www.flc.net.ph/images2/2020%20FLC%20Messages&Reports.pdf

The Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation. Through this movement, Christian women around the world seek fellowship with each other and are reminded to live a reconciling and forgiving life with others.


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The Herstory Blog of Australian Church Women Inc. will tell the stories of the women and activities of this Christian organisation that was founded in February 1965.

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