CEO Richard Gamble first had the idea for Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer when he was carrying a cross around Leicestershire at Easter time to lead people to think about Jesus. He prayed over the idea for ten years until 2014 when he felt the nudge to begin acting upon it.
The project began with a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 to raise £45,000. This was needed in order to build a suitable website and to run a global Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) competition to find a design for Eternal Wall. From the outset it seemed unlikely that this amount would be reached in time. However, following a time of prayer and encouragement from God, funding miraculously came in from all across the world during a two day period. The full amount was reached with just a day to spare.
Following the successful crowdfunding campaign, the RIBA competition was launched and received 133 entries from 28 countries. The designs were shortlisted to five finalists by a judging panel of experts and national influencers.
The project was then presented at Parliament in early 2017.
With things progressing, a member of our prayer team asked God for details about where Eternal Wall would be located, and it was through this short prayer that God gave her information that led us to the land we currently have.
We were connected with the landowner who, unbeknown to us, had felt prompted by God to set money aside in order to contribute to a national landmark about Jesus. The amazing thing is that this landowner set this fund up six months before Richard Gamble even began to think about Eternal Wall. After our meeting, we were given a ten acre piece of land in a prime location near Birmingham.
The RIBA competition continued into 2019 with the final architects adapting their designs to the specific landscape. After presenting their concepts in April 2019 to technical experts and national influencers, a winning design was selected.
At the end of 2019 we ran a successful fundraising campaign securing the remaining funds needed to complete our planning application. This was successfully submitted in January 2020, and we expect to hear the decision on our application in summer 2020.
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