Organizers cancel Wilderness Outcry religious retreat in Missouri

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. | A five-day religious retreat planned for June in southeast Missouri has been canceled because of a lack of funds.

The event, called Wilderness Outcry, had been scheduled for June 14-18 near Poplar Bluff.

But organizer Dutch Sheets, a religious author and faith healer from Colorado, announced Friday that not enough money had been raised to hold the retreat.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported that Jerry Murphy, where campers were going to stay, was contacting other regional ministries to determine if another gathering could be held.

The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce said Thursday afternoon that the event was expected to draw 25,000 people — down from the 50,000-100,000 that event organizers had previously announced.