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Gamma Labs Supports MS - Gamma HealthCare President & CEO Jerry W. Murphy (left) presents Kent Eggers a donation for the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, which was held Saturday at Hendrickson Park. (Staff photo by Linda Cheek)
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Wednesday, November 27, 2002 Gamma sponsors MS Walk -Gamma Healthcare President and CEO Jerry Murphy (right) and his wife, Sandra (center), recently presented a sponsorship check to Ann Eggers, chairperson for the September MS Walk in Poplar Bluff.
Jerry Murphy is attempting to ...
Jerry Murphy is attempting to plan Wilderness Outcry, a large-scale religious event, on his acreage in Butler County.
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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Woodstock marked a retreat from Judeo-Christian values in American culture, according to a local cattle rancher and businessman who is organizing an event he hopes will be of a similar magnitude but opposite effect.
has linked up with a group of ministries from throughout the country to host an outdoor gathering called Wilderness Outcry
from June 14 to 18.
It is slated to be held on more than 400 acres he
farms along Butler County Road 543.
"There is a dual purpose and that is God and country, and bringing the two back together," said Murphy, chief financial officer of Gamma HealthCare.
"We're saying to America, 'Bring the generations, young and old,' and let's send a message for God to have mercy on this land."
has been planning the event since fall.
has hired two full-time workers to help prepare the land and has contracted a large-scale event planning firm.
"We are trying to provide a clean, safe environment," Murphy
At least two landing areas for Air Evac are being created, an alternative route for emergency vehicles is being explored and security will be brought in, he
The five-day event will feature gospel music.
No high-profile speakers have been confirmed in writing as of now, Murphy
said, although he
is working on booking some.
"We want people to do some praying, fasting and leave their cell phones behind for a week," Murphy
"After we are done consecrating ourselves, everyone will pick up a stone, write a memorial to God on it and leave behind a stonewall altar."
said the "mindset of free love, drugs and rock 'n' roll" never left after Woodstock in 1969 and he
believes that Christianity needs to be integrated into the "seven spheres of influence in society," which he
said are home, church, government, business, education, media and arts.
"It is most interesting to consider that Woodstock took place in Bethel, New York, which is biblical, because in Scripture, the devil tried to steal God's dream at a place called Bethel," Murphy
"God restores his
dream at Moriah, which has always been the name of my ranch."
At 15 years old, Murphy
can remember helping the former property owner of Moriah Ranch pick some hay, and in return for his
services, the teenager was entrusted a key to the gate.
would hunt the rolling hills, fish in the creek and go swimming, he
About 20 years ago, Murphy
had noticed a section of the property was being auctioned off, and he
In 1991, he
"I had always had the impression through prayer that something big was going to happen on this land," Murphy
own ministry called Marketplace Champions in 2000.
In recent months, he
has been traveling to major cities spreading the word about the event with the Awakening and Reformation Tour.
movement has gone viral on the Web with help of social networking sites such as Facebook
will be free admission, though Murphy
said it remains undetermined whether there will be a charge for camping to help recover the cost.
Donations are being solicited.
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