Dawn Smith Jordan

Dawn Smith Jordan

The Women’s Enrichment Ministry at First Baptist Church of Orangeburg will hold an evening of fellowship for all women and teenagers of the Orangeburg community, regardless of denomination or church affiliation.

This annual “Spring Forth” banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Family Life Center, 2875 Columbia Road. Featured speaker and vocalist will be Dawn Smith Jordan of Columbia, who is an author, songwriter and recording artist.

Jordan’s younger sister, Shari, was kidnapped and murdered on May 31, 1985, just two days before her high school graduation. Shari’s murderer allowed her to write a letter of farewell to her family in which she stated, “Please don’t let this ruin your lives. Just keep living one day at a time for Jesus. Remember, everything works out for the good to those that love the Lord. Some good will come of this.”

Dawn went on to become Miss South Carolina 1986 and second runner-up to Miss America. The Billy Graham Crusade came to South Carolina that same year, and millions were touched by Dawn’s testimony and the song she sang, “Amazing Grace.”

She received a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Columbia College, and today ministers in more than 75 concerts and events annually.

Jordan has performed and ministered in thousands of churches during the last 25 years and has been featured in magazine articles and on TV shows. She is passionate about sharing a word of hope to others from her own journey.

The April 12 banquet in Orangeburg will include a meal, along with child care upon request. The tickets cost $10 and must be purchased by Thursday, April 7, from the First Baptist Church Office on Russell Street. A love offering will be taken to help the Women’s Enrichment Ministry further its mission and goals in the community.

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