The Dangerous and Blessed Life of Our Latest Winner

We Have A Winner!

Meet Mrs. Johns,

A Very Interesting Mother,  

With a 

Very Interesting Life

Many of you expressed an ardent desire last week to win the author autographed copy of Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger.  Well, you have lost. I’m truly sorry. Sigh. There was only one autographed copy of Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger available for the Kid Lit Blog Hop Giveaway, a mega-giveaway hosted by 82 wonderful blogs (including this one) which ended sometime around Sunday.

By D.M. Cherubim This book recently won a Silver Medal from Readers' Favorite, for its 5 star review.

By D.M. Cherubim
This book recently won a Silver Medal from Readers’ Favorite, for its 5 star review.

But I have some very interesting news for you as a surprise consolation prize. Guess who won?  Gretta Johns! A mother of three wonderful children! A homeschooler! A wife! But those are not the only interesting things to know about our winner, Mrs. Johns. Mrs. Johns also is living the life that some, if not all, of you have dreamed about.

Just recently, Mrs. Johns and her husband leapt into their red Suburban and drove to Mexico. They went to village “M.”

“As far as risk with our work, the cartel is making its presence known more in “Village M” and asking questions to villagers about our team,” Mrs. Johns wrote in her family blog, The Johns Family Blog.  They also know what our vehicle looks like now too.  Because of this, our housing situation in “Village M” is still not secure.”

Sounds suspiciously like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, that 2005  movie with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, doesn’t it?  You remember, the bored married couple who found out they were both master assassins after being sent on the same job.

Carne Asada and Thessalonians I

She also wrote this in The Johns Family Blog:

“Oscar, Minerva & Ariana are believers in the village and they are also our points of contact in this village.  We always coordinate with them when we are coming to visit and they often have us to their home for various meals and activities.  For dinner, we made carne asada (meat), beans and rice…” and then, the next morning, she said, “We went through I Thessalonians chapters 1-3 during this time.”   In another place, she mentions “the Federali,” a high-profile reminder of the danger in the area. The Federali like to sit in the back of trucks with M-16 machine guns clearly visible.

Cartels, carne asada and Federali. It sounds like a scene out of Dan Brown’s next book, Thessalonians, in which the secret Bible code is finally demystified and some Catholic priests… Well, I suppose Mr. Brown wouldn’t want me to give away the plot.

So at this point, you must be thinking Mr. and Mrs. Johns lead one very interesting life. They do.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Deauville ...

Mr. and Mrs. Johns are not Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But the Kid Lit Blog Hop Winners lead a very exciting life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it’s not what you think. Mr. and Mrs. Johns are not Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Nor are they a couple joining up with Bruce Willis in the latest Die Hard series.

The Johns are full-time Christian missionaries.

If you’ve ever wanted to hear the nitty gritty about what it’s like to be a true missionary, out there in very dangerous areas trying to bring the Word of God to people who might hate you, you should read her blog and look at The Johns Family mission blog, www.arisegosend.com.  The stories are amazing. The pictures are amazing. What they are doing is amazing. And on top of all that, they have UNO and mole and salsa and all kinds of trendy Mexican American dishes that aren’t trendy out there in real Mexico, they’re just real food.

So after all this excitement in her real life, do you suppose Mrs. Johns was jumping up and down and screaming, “I won, I won!” when she got the “Don’t Delete This You Really Won” email? I have no idea. I wasn’t there. Here is what she emailed back:

“I look forward to reading this book as a read-aloud with our 3 children.  It is always fun to read a book that engages their imaginations, paints visual pictures and keeps them guessing the outcome and Mary Baker and the Eye of the Tiger sounds like it will do just that.”

I can only hope Mary Baker and The Eye of The Tiger will be half as interesting to her children as Mr. and Mrs. John’s real life.

P.S. Don’t miss the Playing UNO with Oscar part. Oh, and foodies beware: Mrs. Johns was served the best-sounding straight-out-of-the-water-and-onto-the-table fish and shrimp meal.  Oscar caught it. And it’s not at a destination restaurant.
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