Christian Farmer Plants John 14:6 In 7 Acre Field Using Willow Trees

| February 7, 2013

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

A Christian farmer has spent years planting thousands of willow trees to create a heavenly message that can only be read from above. Christian Peter Gunner, 63, pruned the trees so the words ‘Jesus I am the way, the truth and the life’ are visible from above his farm near Chiddingly, West Sussex. 


“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ” John 14:6

The father of five had the idea to create the Bible verse design in the 1990s – and has now made his vision a reality in a field near the home he shares with wife Faith.

He first mapped out the pattern on a computer and then mowed out the shape before using a tape measure and string to mark where the trees should go. Mr Gunner planted the trees – which if laid out end to end would reach more than a mile – himself, with the help of a few volunteers.
He has since spent decades pruning and tending to the ‘many thousands’ of willow trees, which take up seven acres of land.
The words are taken from John 14:6 in the Bible when in answer to Thomas’s question: ‘How can we know the way?’, Jesus said: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’.

Mr Gunner made a plan on paper and decided to do a ‘T’ in an @ sign instead of writing the word ‘the’ because he felt it looked better and was less intricate.

He said: ‘The idea just came to me one day’

‘I am not even sure why I chose that part of the Bible, other than Jesus is saying a lot about himself in that passage. ‘In a way the maze is a lot like life, nobody knows what it looks like from above. ‘You can wander through life confused when in fact it does make sense from a different perspective.’

He created the words without being able to view it from above and only saw it in 2005 when a police officer neighbour gave him an aerial picture taken from a helicopter. Since then, Mr Gunner has been able to use Google maps to view his work of art.

He said: ‘There are a couple of things I would do differently and some tweaks I would make, but overall I am happy with it.’ Mr Gunner invites people from his local church as well as friends and family to use the maze. There is also a public footpath running along the side of the field.

But the words have remained virtually unnoticed by anybody but local residents since they were planted. He added: ‘Every time I see a plane go over I look at it and say a little prayer. ‘I hope that somebody sees it and feels inspired by it.’ source – Daily Mail UK


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NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.

19 Comments on "Christian Farmer Plants John 14:6 In 7 Acre Field Using Willow Trees"

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  1. Ruby Lillian says:

    That is great! So nice to see an uplifting story! :)

  2. Bheki says:

    Thank you sir, for letting our Lord inspire you to bring praise to his name in this way. You never know, someone could be lead to the Lord by reading His Word in a place never expected.

  3. Sheri Johnson says:

    This is a wonderful testimony to a lost world. Bless you and your family. I also pray it will change some pilot’s life.

  4. This article is such a pleasant reprieve from the dark and depressing “news” we are bombarded with every day. Thank you NTEB for refreshing us.

  5. les hulse says:

    i was in boston,massachusetts and we were going to move their to a ruined shack,40,000 dollars 1995, just about 30 miles from portsmouth,little place by lee

  6. Speaking of farmers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Every once in a while, something good and about God comes out of our TV’s I like this commercial! :)

  7. Since we are all in a cheery mood. This is good too!

  8. RubyLillian says:

    New York…how you doing in the blizzard?

  9. What blizzard lol its over and its cleaned up and melting. They said 2 and half feet. Got 8 inches. Like I said you need to turn off the tv.

  10. RubyLillian says:

    Good to know! We got about two feet here but as of noon we are ready to roll. No issues.

  11. RubyLillian says:

    I did, I did. Thanks for sending it!