The marvelous thing about God is that the deeper the tragedy, the greater the grace. Dawn Smith Jordan is no stranger to both. On May 31, 1985, Dawn's younger sister, Shari, was kidnapped and murdered just two days before her high school graduation. It became the largest manhunt in South Carolina's history, drawing national attention.
Shari's murderer allowed her to write a letter of farewell to her family, saying: "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." Never could Dawn or her family have realized how even God could do just that.
With the hope only found in Jesus Christ, Dawn went on to become Miss South Carolina 1986 and 2nd 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 her singing of "Amazing Grace." God was weaving all of these circumstances together to form a full-time ministry that would reach thousands throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In 1986 Dawn received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Columbia College in Columbia, SC. Today, Dawn ministers in up to 75 concerts/events annually. The heartbeat of her music and message is the sufficiency of God's grace, even to the point of forgiving the man who killed her sister.
Dawn wrote the song "Sister" in 1988 in honor of her sister and best friend Shari. Though Shari was taken from this world at only 17, there is hope in knowing that one day they will be reunited in heaven for all eternity. On her grave marker are the words, "She blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven." Here is a live recording of Dawn singing "Sister" (2018.)
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