By Heartland News
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - An event billed as a religious Woodstock in Poplar Bluff has been canceled.
The event was scheduled for June 14-18 at Jerry Murphy's farm off County Road 543.
Organizers canceled the event citing lack of funds.
It was originally expected to bring in 50,000 to 100,000 visitors, but just this week that number scaled back to around 25,000.
Poplar Bluff businesses were preparing for the increase in business.
Landowner Jerry Murphy says, "It was a disappointment however, I felt like the Lord had me prepare the land for people to come and pray. I'm going to continue to prepare the land for prayer."
He says people are still welcomed on his land that week at no charge.
Read the press release below from Dutch Sheets ministries out of Colorado Springs.
"We are very sorry to announce that due to a lack of funds, the large 5-day gathering called Wilderness Outcry will no longer take place this upcoming summer. We believe this vision is of the Lord, and certainly no one can deny the desperate need of our nation for prayer, but the reality is that provision for the high cost of doing an event like—most of which must be paid in advance—has simply not materialized.
This was never intended to be a money-making event. Without charging a registration fee for attending, we knew our costs would be several hundred thousand dollars. We were confident we could raise this money. We were wrong. The line between true faith and presumption can be very fine sometimes, and our ability to truly discern God's will can be difficult. Obviously, we fell short in both areas.
We are saddened and grieved with this development and repent for any presumption on our part. We sincerely ask your forgiveness for any inconvenience this has caused you."