The Great Cross Alliance seeks private investors

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 2/13/2014 9:50 am

( & KRNV) -- The Great Cross Alliance is seeks private investors to continue working toward building the world's largest Christian monument on U.S. land. Mike and Laurie Nowland say they have given up the piece of land near Lovelock, Nev.

The Nowlands had hoped to pay for The Great Cross by selling spaces within the columbarium and mausoleum prior to construction, but those efforts have failed. The Nowlands are currently working with a private investor out of Texas, but no deal has been made at this point.

If The Great Cross is ever built, it could be a huge economic boom for the state it calls home. “It’s a very large project. It would run for about 30 years at about an $80 million a year level,” says Mike Nowland.

While it could serve as an economic boost, critics say building a religious monument goes against Christianity.

A News 4 viewer posted this in response to the original story in August 2013, “We are not called to build monuments to our faith. We are called to spread the gospel through loving our fellow man. Two billion dollars would be better used to feed the hungry.” The August 2013 story can be viewed here.

Though Nevada doesn’t seem to be a promising site to build at this point, the Nowlands still have hope.

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Nowland - 2/13/2014 7:58 PM
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This is Mike Nowland. Laurie and I are thankful for the support we received in Nevada, and still hope to build there. We are occasionally asked if it would be better to give the money to the poor. Many people give money to worthy mercy missions today, and the western Christian countries provide the bulk of worldwide charity and technical support. It can be illuminating to compare proportions of personal income given to charities in North America versus East Asia. Some level of final expense is unavoidable. The Great Cross project will inter a large number of people at a far lower cost than most common means, freeing a great deal of money for other Good Works. The concentration of interment in the monument will also substantially reduce the environmental effects associated with a million interments by conventional methods. Our goal is to help assure the long term relevance of Christ's teachings in human culture. The surest way to help the world's poor over the long run is to maintain a large charitable community. Where Christianity has faded, giving has declined precipitously. Again, we thank the many Nevadans who have helped us in so many ways, particularly those in Pershing, Lander, and Eureka Counties, and in the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area.

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