Win A Free Book (and help a missionary)!

by Jim on 2 October 2010

in News

Yes, October has arrived… and Christmas is a-comin’.  It seems especially close for those who are overseas, and who might be thinking of shipping gifts to other countries, or planning big Christmas events!

So this year I want to give you an opportunity to win a special prize, and also help a missionary!

The primary purpose of this contest is to help a missionary – but you’ll get a prize too.  First, about the prizes:

For A Missionary Blogger

Here are the prizes for our missionary bloggers.  They must be bloggers in our aggregator (on the home page).  (If they’re not in it yet, they can put in a request here.  I can’t guarantee that all recent requests will make it in, but I’m working on it!)

Amazon Kindle 3G

The grand prize for the missionary blogger is a Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device.  That’s the 3G Global Wireless edition.  The winner must be in a country that Amazon will ship its Global Kindle to.

Why a Kindle?  A Kindle is great for a missionary because you can store up to 3,500 books on it, many materials are available and many free, and it’s easy to get books in multiple languages (particularly English, which may be hard to come by in a non-English country).  Plus, the Kindle is easy on the eyes (unlike a computer screen) and smaller than most books.

See what some of our bloggers have had to say about the Kindle:  The greatest thing since sliced bread?, My Kindle, Reasons for a Christian NOT to use a Kindle, and Conversation Starter.

Discovering the Songs of Christmas

But the missionary blogger will also receive a real paper-and-ink book.  In time for the Christmas season, it’s Discovering the Songs of Christmas: Meditations on Our Traditional Carols and Christmas Hymns.  Full disclosure time – I got one of the first copies of this book, because it was written by my father!  So I’m biased. 🙂

Still, the book is unique.  Based on years of research, this book delves into the history of many of our favourite Christmas carols.  You’ll learn things you’ve never known before.

Not only that, but it looks at the meaning behind the words, and shares the Gospel in a clear way.

Great to read as a family, or to give as a gift (which is why I’m giving some people two copies – this is a time for giving!), or even to use in that next sermon or Bible study, this is a book everyone will enjoy.

So, three prizes will be awarded to the missionary blogger:

  • 1st Prize:  Kindle 3G and Discovering the Songs of Christmas
  • 2nd Prize:  2 copies of Discovering the Songs of Christmas (one for them, one as a gift)
  • 3rd Prize:  One copy of Discovering the Songs of Christmas

And for you…

But for you, the person entering the contest (you may be a missionary blogger too, that’s fine), there’s a different set of prizes:

Operation World 2010
  • 1st Prize:  2 copies of Discovering the Songs of Christmas, one copy of the new Operation World 2010, along with the CD ROM (will be shipped as soon as it’s available, probably later this month)
  • 2nd Prize:  2 copies of Discovering the Songs of Christmas
  • 3rd Prize:  One copy of Discovering the Songs of Christmas

(Incidentally, one of our bloggers has been working on that new edition of Operation World – go visit Abe, Jenny, and Isaac.)

But how does this work??

All right, here’s the deal.  What you need to do is enter the contest (see below).  You’ll be mentioning a specific missionary blog (a missionary serving in a different country than you live in).  The winner will then be drawn at random (using  Then the missionary you mentioned will win her/his prize, and you’ll win your prize!

That way, you’re "giving" to a missionary and getting something for yourself too.

How to enter

Here’s how you can enter.

  • Leave a comment on this post mentioning (and linking to) one of your favourite posts from a Christian missionary blogger.  Please be sure to include your email address (not in the post, in the comment form.  That way it won’t appear publicly) so that I can contact you!  You also must post the country you live in (not the missionary, you).
  • If you want to get an extra entry, post the link somewhere else.  If you post it on a blog, you’ll get 3 bonus entries, if you post it on Twitter, Facebook, or somewhere else, you’ll get 1 bonus entry.  But you have to post it and then leave a comment (with a link to where you mentioned it) below.

The contest will be open until 11:59pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), October the 16th, 2010.  Contest winners will be announced sometime the following week.

Final rules:  You can’t mention my personal blog, and of course neither my family nor I can enter.  That would hardly be fair, would it?  And you must mention a blogger that is in a different country than where you live.

Now, go find a favourite post and get commenting!

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1 Sharon Dawson October 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I live in Amazonas Venezuela and Rita Vernoy is a good friend. They used to work here but then moved to Paraguay. I enjoy reading her blog Sure hope she wins!

2 Kandice October 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

My name is Kandice. I live in the US. I really enjoy reading jungle mom’s blog! The Vernoy’s are missionaries to Paraguay, South America. Her blog is encouraging & humerous. Here is the link to one of the posts I like best:

Also, I posted this link to my blog:

3 Jane October 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I would love for my friend Rita Vernoy to win a kindle. She and her family are currently serving in Paraguay. They are career missionaries and have been such faithful servants. Rita’s blog is “Jungle Hut”
( She is an avid reader and the kindle would be such a marvelous gift for her.

4 Jennifer Rodgers October 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Please, please, please consider the Myhre family. Their blog both encourages and me challenges me to live for Christ in my surroundings. If you are looking for honest, open sharings of faith, check out their blog!!!

5 Melody October 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I definitely have to put my $.02 in for Rita Vernoy’s blog too. My favorite post is probably this one:

By the way, I’m in the States.

6 Kathy Shindledecker October 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I started reading the paradoxuganda blog about 3 years ago. A good friend of mine is on the team with the Myhre’s and it has opened my eyes and heart to a culture so different than mine. One of my favorite post has been about preparing the leave Uganda,and the burning of all those papers that are a history of who you where and are. I thought of all the “junk” I save, I guess hoping on day my kids will look at it and say – wow, look what Mom did!

7 Tammy October 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I’m in Guatemala, and my favorite missionary blogger is Rita (Jungle Mom)!

8 Eileen Lass October 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Scott & Jennifer,

I can imagine you using Kindle at RVA and leaving your books for the folks in Bundi! God bless!

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