ABC's "Secret Millionaire" television series opened its season with Christian motivational author and financial counselor, Dani Johnson, as their secret benefactor.
The TV show takes actual millionaires to live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods for a week, where they find places to volunteer.
Johnson arrived in a run-down neighborhood of Knoxville, Tenn., where she connected with 82-year-old twins running a program feeding the poor. She also discovered a free music academy changing the lives of young people, and volunteered with a group that remodels bedrooms of children with terminal diseases.
At the end of the week, Johnson revealed her millionaire status and gave generous financial gifts to each one of the charities. She says the hardest part of the experience was to be seen publicly giving the gifts.
Johnson told Christianity Today that was the reason she turned down ABC's invitation to participate on the show four times. She said that she and her husband give generously to people in need around the globe, but very privately.
However, she changed her mind about appearing on the show when she read Matthew 5:14-16 in the New Testament which says, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven."