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Tasha Dawson

Local author pens children ’ s book

Words by | Emily Patrick

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As a scientist for Battelle at the Bluegrass Army Depot

and a missionary who travels the world , it seems like there isn ’ t much that Tasha Dawson cannot do .
Now , Dawson has undertaken a new task : writing children ’ s books .
“ It ’ s just been a project that ’ s been in my mind for a couple years now ,” she said .
Dawson said she has always had a passion for children . In fact , she is a former nonprofit director of a youth organization for teen pregnancy prevention . She explained she has always wanted to do or create something specifically for children .
Through her missionary work , Dawson said that again and again , children would express their interest in her trips and desire to one day become ministers themselves . However , Dawson said mission experiences are sometimes hard to come by , because often you must be part of a group and attend a congregation that does mission trips .
With this in mind , Dawson decided to take her missionary experiences and turn them into books for children . Through her various mission work , she is never short on interesting tales from abroad . One particular encounter in Nigeria is the inspiration behind her first release , “ The Adventures of the Impact Kids - The Great Mask Escape .”
“ This particular time , one of the pastors wanted to go to the village where he is from ,” Dawson said , explaining that most mission trips include excursions to prisons , schools , churches and other villages .
She said there were two vans heading towards the local pastor ’ s village when suddenly the street was blockaded by a group of people .
The group would not allow the vans to pass and Dawson said they were all wearing ornate masks to cover their faces .
“ One of the ladies that was with us said , ‘ Tasha , what are those people holding in their hands ?’ and I said , ‘ machetes ,’” Dawson recalled .
According to Dawson , the local pastor got out of the van , grabbed his bible , and set off to talk with the masked group . She said he told them who he was and that he was from a particular village . He also
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