What is actually being built?
The erection and operation of a landmark structure, with associated visitor centre and public open space together with ancillary essential development including dedicated car parking, landscaping, access road and services provisions to operate as a national memorial and to create a significant public art architectural feature.
Why are we building The Wall of Answered Prayer?
The Wall of Answered Prayer is a piece of public art about the power of prayer. We intend to create an environment where people of all faiths and none can come and, in their own time and in their own way, reflect on this piece of art and whether they should consider prayer in their life.
The Wall is made up of 1 million bricks, with each brick linked to an answered prayer. The vision of The Wall is to remind the generations to come of God’s goodness and how He has answered prayer in the past.
Each brick will represent an answered prayer where somebody has prayed to God in a storm of their life and He has answered. The Wall aims to give people hope as they will be able to find out about people in similar situations and see how they turned to prayer and found an answer.
We secured an incredible piece of land in January 2019 at Coleshill. We are planning to build it near Coleshill Manor on the outskirts of Birmingham, where it will be visible from the M6 and M42 motorways, as well as HS2 and flight paths into and out of Birmingham International Airport.
The story of how God has connected us with the landowner is utterly incredible; watch it here.
When will The Wall of Answered Prayer be built?
We are currently going through the planning process and hope to begin the physical construction of The Wall of Answered Prayer in late 2020, aiming to complete in early 2022.
The vast majority of the construction will be undertaken off-site. It is hoped that the on-site assembly of the architectural sculpture will take between 2-3 months.
Will there be a visitor centre?
Yes, on site there will be a free-to-enter visitor centre for the public to engage with, within which there will be a 24/7 prayer room, café and bookstore. Furthermore, there will be an exhibition which will describe not only what Christians believe, but also what other faiths believe about prayer and Jesus. The exhibition will link to the educational curriculum which schools and colleges can visit to complement their students' learning.
There will also be an educational centre for visiting schools and colleges.
Will the answered prayers be inscribed on the bricks?
No, but each brick will represent a specific answered prayer. Visitors will be able to point their phone to any section of The Wall and a bespoke app will reveal the prayer associated with that brick through text, audio or video.
How will you read the answered prayers on the high bricks?
You will be able to read these with your phone, but there will also be tourist-style binoculars available on site with which visitors can zoom into a brick and the answered prayer will be shown on screen.
There will also be touch screens on site where the database of answered prayers will be accessible. By entering a keyword, visitors will be able to read all related testimonies.
How is The Wall of Answered Prayer funded?
All the funding for The Wall of Answered Prayer will be from private investment. The project does not want to take any money from the public purse. Some of this funding will come from major donors and some will be crowdfunded from individual donors. When someone sends in their answered prayer there is an option to donate to the project if they wish.
Crowdfunding is at the heart of The Wall, as there is something special about building a national landmark that is funded by tens of thousands of people. You can donate to us here.
Our intention is to undertake all the capital investment without incurring any debt, creating a larger net profit for charities.
Why should I donate to The Wall of Answered Prayer instead of giving to another charity?
Once The Wall of Answered Prayer is built it will generate enough income to continue to invest into social housing and other charities.
We believe that God has an unlimited supply. Because of this, it isn’t a choice of whether The Wall should be built or other worthy causes should be funded; we believe that God has enough to provide for both.
What charities will benefit from each year's profits?
Once built, at the end of each financial year trustees of The Wall of Answered Prayer will seek to distribute a significant percentage of net profit. These profits will be distributed to;
- Social housing projects
- Local charities and community groups
- Other charities in line with The Wall of Answered Prayer's charitable objectives
How does the landmark benefit the local area?
The Wall of Answered Prayer has been inspired by the economic and social impact of the Angel of the North, a national landmark in Gateshead, UK. It is estimated that the financial impact of this landmark for the local area has been more than £500 million over the last 10 years. In part, this has been due to an increase in tourism. As well as this, businesses have become aware of the area of Gateshead due to the landmark and have followed up and consequently invested in the area. There has also been an increase in investments into public art in the area. We expect The Wall will have a similar impact on nearby communities.
A visit to The Wall of Answered Prayer will be free of charge, and for the local residents this will be a great way to engage with public art. Further to this, the site will have a large open park area where residents can come and enjoy a time of peace and reflection regardless of faith and belief.
We are working on a plan so that when The Wall of Answered Prayer is completed, we shall donate 1 million bricks to social housing in the UK and around the world. The Wall will not only have an artistic application but a social application across the UK and abroad.
Is it just for people from the UK?
No, we are seeking answered prayers both from the UK and abroad and look forward to meeting visitors from around the world.
Is The Wall of Answered Prayer multi-faith?
For Christians we believe that The Wall of Answered Prayer will be a piece of public art about Jesus. It is open for everybody to visit and enjoy.
The UK’s heritage is incredibly diverse in relation to faith. We believe a multi-faith society is about having the freedom for each faith to express their beliefs as they see fit. To that end, The Wall of Answered Prayer will be hospitable to other faiths and within the exhibition there will be the opportunity for other faiths to express their view on prayer.
Once planning has been approved, we will begin to consult with other local faith leaders to see how they would best like to engage with the project in keeping with their belief system.
Who is The Wall of Answered Prayer for?
We believe that The Wall of Answered Prayer is for the whole nation and we will be doing all we can to ensure that the site is accessible for all. We are passionate that the visitor experience should be one which is fully inclusive, and that it will be one that will be enjoyed by all, no matter their faith, disability, gender, sexuality, race, or age.
Will The Wall of Answered Prayer be a distraction to drivers?
We’re not expecting people to read the bricks while they’re driving by, but just to catch a glimpse of the monument, like people do when they drive past the Willow Man on the M5 and the Angel of the North on the A1(M). While there is some debate whether landmarks along the motorway are a distraction, Mike Wilson from Highways England argues otherwise. He suggests that “creating different vistas, different environments for people to consider, is a way of stimulating the road user.”
An article in The Telegraph published in January 2018 says this:
Mr Wilson dismissed concerns that drivers could be distracted by the picturesque scenery and said: "They should be focused on the road. But fatigue is a real challenge for road users."
Interesting views could "help them stay awake", he added.
Mr Wilson said enabling drivers to see "statement structures" like the Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Willow Man in Somerset gave them them "a sense of location” and acted as a visual reminder that “you're making progress on your journey".
We foresee that The Wall will not be a distraction, but instead will stimulate drivers and provide a familiar marker to reassure motorists on their travels.
Will this be a place of pilgrimage?
No. We envisage that people of any faith background will come to find out about answered prayer. This is not a prayer wall for people to come to pray, but rather The Wall of Answered Prayer, where visitors can read stories of people who have cried out to God and seen Him answer. We hope that this will provoke a conversation about the importance of prayer.
Will there be a church on-site?
No. People can visit churches across the UK, and we would be happy to point visitors to a church in their area. Instead, we are creating a space where visitors can reflect upon the answered prayers they read and consider whether prayer has a place in their life.
The Wall of Answered Prayer is not linked to a specific church or denomination and will not take the place of a church.
Is there a scriptural basis for The Wall of Answered Prayer?
There are multiple moments in Scripture where memorial stones and monuments are used to commemorate God’s victories and to celebrate His goodness. In Genesis 28: 10-22, Jacob sets a pillar in Bethel to commemorate a powerful vision of God that he experienced while sleeping there. Similarly, in Joshua 4:1-9, God orders Joshua and the Israelites to carry 12 stones from the bottom of the Jordan and lay them across from the river so that their children would know that God had performed a miracle there. Finally, in 1 Samuel 7:7-12, Samuel sets up a stone to celebrate God’s victory over the Philistines.
You can find more about this topic here.
Why is it important to share your testimony?
Here at The Wall of Answered Prayer we are 'again believers' - we believe that if God has done it once, He can do it again. There are many scriptures in the Bible that encourage us to remember what God has done and recall His mighty deeds. There is power in remembering as it encourages us to look beyond our current circumstances and remember the God of Provision and how He has never failed. This stirs faith and encourages us to have His perspective in the storms of life. Testimony also changes the spiritual atmosphere to allow the same miracle to happen again in somebody else's life.
What stage are we at now?
We recently submitted our complete planning application to North Warwickshire Borough Council. We hope that this will be approved in the coming months.
In the meantime we will be visiting festivals and churches around the UK as well as increasing our online presence. You can keep up with the project by searching 'The Wall of Answered Prayer' on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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