​SOOPers caught working very hard while on assignment at Lakewood Retreat in Florida. From left to right are Jim Martens from Steinbach, Manitoba; Bill Miller from Goshen, Indiana; and Bernie Martens from Clearbrook, Manitoba. Click on image for full resolution version.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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OOP is a chance to be part of God's big project around the world.

 

Fun Fact #1 : SOOPers come from all across the United States and Canada, and there are a lot of them. Almost 1,200 between 2009-2014. Check out the map to see which state and province sends the most SOOPers, and which ones need a little nudge from you!

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Fun Fact #2:

SOOPers love to serve! See where they went from 2009-2014.

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Fun Fact #3:

You can now eat sushi, mofongo, and ajiaco to your heart's content while on your international SOOP assignment.

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Fun Fact #4:

SOOP is a partnership that works across borders and agencies. Here's how we sort it out:

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Fun Fact#5:

SOOPers span a wide range of ages. Pictured here is the VonGunten family at Devil's Punch Bowl, near their SOOP location of Drift Creek Camp.

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Fun Fact #6:

If you're lucky, while on assignment you can ...

  • Be a sheep midwife, like LaVerle Schrag from Hutchinson, Kansas, seen here with Pastor John Wierwille at Oakleaf Farm, Berea Mennonite Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Climb tall ladders while holding a roaring chain saw, like Bob King from Colorado Springs. He is pictured here serving at Koinonia Partners in Americus, Georgia.

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  • Instill service values in your children, like the Oesch family from Caldwell, Idaho. Pictured here is the Mike and Jana Oesch family serving at Fraser Valley Gleaners in Abbottsford, British Columbia.

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  • Paddle away your cares at the end of the day. Pictured here is Dwight Hershberger from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, serving at Wilderness Wind in Ely, Minnesota.

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Fun Fact # 7:

SOOP is full of energizer bunnies!

The winners for MOST assignments (it's a tie):

  • Donna and Walter Klassen from Winnipeg, Manitoba, served 17 times.
  • Roelie and Gerlof Homan from Normal, Illinois, served 17 times.

And, the winner for MOST CONSECUTIVE assignments:

  • Greg Oman, 12 assignments since 2012, pictured below, working at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in Divide, Colorado.

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