By Jennifer Von Ohlen
COKATO, MN When looking out the window first thing in the morning, the sight of 30 sheep in one’s yard is probably the last thing viewers expect to see. That sight is becoming more common in Dassel-Cokato and the surrounding area, however, as residents are getting “sheeped” by the youth of First Baptist Church in Cokato as a fundraiser for their mission trips.
With a $25 donation, the youth will stake a flock of wooden sheep in a person’s yard under the cover of darkness, giving them a surprise when they wake up the next morning. The flock is removed one to three days later. For a $30 donation, the name of the donor will be kept a secret from the person getting sheeped.
“The sheepers pride themselves on their stealthiness, and have great stories and memories,” stated First Baptist youth pastor Troy Roemer.
The youth started their ongoing sheeping business in late April, decorating 60 wooden sheep (divided into two sets) with a variety of colors and Bible verses, along with a sign stating the purpose of the ministry. They have raised about $500 so far.
“The youth love doing this and the people of First Baptist love using this to remind others that they are loved and cared for,” Roemer said.
A sheeping order can be placed by and directed toward anyone, whether or not they attend First Baptist Church. Some people who have been sheeped reside in Litchfield, Dassel, Kimball, Cokato, Howard Lake, and other towns. Orders can also be scheduled for specific dates to serve as a “deeper meaning” birthday, anniversary, get well soon, and thinking of you surprise gift.
To place a sheeping order, contact Roemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (320) 286-2562.