National prayer landmark raises more than £400,000 in four weeks

Christians from across the country have so far donated more than £400,000 in four weeks towards the construction of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer on land next to Coleshill Manor. The Crowdfunder campaign was hoping to raise £1million in 40 days, with all money donated going directly to the building of the monument.

 

The 169ft structure will include a million bricks, each one representing an answered prayer. The project aims to make hope visible to the nation. Richard Gamble, founder of the Eternal Wall, says, ‘The response has been amazing – a movement of people is being raised up across the UK. We have so many great stories – one church asked every member to bring their loose change and raised over £1,000; a local farmer is selling his eggs on the side of the road; and others have made contributions big and small. Everyone is doing their bit to make hope visible to the nation.’

Gamble believes the spiritual temperature of Britain has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent survey he commissioned revealed that 37% of 18- to 34-year-olds agreeing that prayer has a positive role in society, and that 51% of 18- to 34-year-olds pray, either alone, with a small group or at church.

 

Gamble added, ‘We’re not building this landmark to have something nice to look at. We’re seeking to provoke a national conversation about prayer and inspire generations for hundreds of years. Christians now have the chance to be a part of this movement. The UK has a rich heritage embedded in Christian prayer and while many will take the viewpoint that prayer is merely a false hope, a comfort blanket when you can do nothing more, let’s recognise the increased spiritual awareness our nation is currently experiencing.’

 

Being built between the M6 and M42 motorways, the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will be twice the size of the ‘Angel of the North.’ It is expected to attract 300,000 visitors per year, contributing £9.3 million to the local economy. Half a million cars will drive past each day and it will be in view of planes landing into Birmingham Airport. Once built, the project aims to generate over £30 million for charities and good works in the first 20 years of operation.

 

Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands, comments, ‘It’s an incredibly ambitious, stunning project… in terms of a real statement, a landmark for the Midlands, I think it’s an incredibly progressive, ambitious piece of architecture.’

 

To find out more about the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, click HERE, or to donate to the Crowdfunder, visit THIS LINK.

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