Greetings again from us here at Jordan Ministries. Dawn just returned on Monday from a busy weekend of travel and ministry at FBC in Macclenny, FL and at Memorial Baptist in Jesup, GA. She was busy teaching piano all day Wednesday and is packing her bags to leave today for a long weekend out in Oregon for a ladies retreat in Newport (her first time to see the Pacific Ocean!) with the women from Salem Heights Church and a concert in Sherwood at Rock Harbor Church, just outside Portland on Sunday evening. As you know she loves doing what the Lord has called her to but the traveling can be a little hard from time to time so she would really covet your prayers for her this weekend as the Lord brings her to mind. She had a wonderful time this month first during her recording out in Kansas (we will keep you posted and let you know as soon as her CD is released), and also during her time at FBC Blackshear and Consolation Baptist in Baxley. She also enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Forest Hills Baptist in Wilson, NC. In addition to Oregon, the month of March will take Dawn to White Oak, SC for a women's retreat with Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, SC, sharing in song at Scherer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lake Wylie, SC, a women's event at 1st Presbyterian in Sumter and a Tour of Tables event at FBC in Norris, SC. Hannah will be leading worship at Taylors First Baptist Church's Disciple Now weekend in Greenville, SC the 18th-20th, so it is a full month.
So, March has come in with a bang and February has been an incredibly busy month for Dawn as well between all of her events and working on college applications with her daughter Hannah. Hannah has been accepted at every college/university she has applied to and has narrowed her choices down to the University of South Carolina and Charleston Southern University (majoring in voice/music). We are looking forward to seeing what plans God has for her for this coming year. Of course this is a bitter sweet time for Dawn as she looks ahead to August and this new stage in Hannah's life with Ross living with his Dad right now. Dawn is setting aside personal dates of course for graduations and different events like that but we still have a good number of dates available that Dawn would love to fill starting in May and through the fall and winter. If your church would be interested in having Dawn for a love-offering event during the months of May, June, July and August, we would love to hear from you!
We are also looking to fill some specific dates on a love-offering basis while Dawn is traveling:
- April 10th in the A.M. somewhere locally (Columbia area) or close to North, SC
- April 17th Dawn will be returning from Ararat, NC so if you would be located somewhere on Dawn's home trip and interested in an evening concert we would be delighted to hear from you
- July 17th Dawn will be returning to Wilson, NC for an evening event and would love to share a mini concert/concert that morning if you are located along the way
- August 14th Dawn will be returning to Jesup, GA and would love to fill the evening with an additional event while she is in the area
- September 12th (Monday) Dawn will be in St. Augustine, FL and if your church would be interested in having her the night and/or morning before for a Sunday AM/PM concert while she is in the area, again we would love to hear from you.
- October 23rd Dawn will be speaking and singing at a women's conference that Friday and Saturday and Sunday evening concert at Miles Rd. Baptist Church in Summerville, SC. She would love to have a church that morning in the Summerville area that would be interested in having her during the morning service.
As most of you know, Dawn tries to find a good balance between being at home and available to her children and also serving our Lord in the ministry He has called her to and has given Dawn to help her provide for her family. One of the ways she can do this is by fully booking the weekends that she is away so that she can stay at home on other weekends. She absolutely cherishes both her weekends of travel and ministry as well as her weekends of rest with her family at home. We call events "filler-dates" when she visits additional churches in areas she will already be visiting. Your contacts and recommendations have been invaluable to us these last few years and we want to thank you for passing on the word and contacting us with open events and dates, particularly during the summer time when many churches struggle with budget deficits and low attendance. As a result, summers can also be a time that Jordan Ministries struggles financially. I have been blessed to be able to watch Dawn live a full but simple life with her family, unlike so many others in ministry that we hear about on the news etc. (and she has NOT asked me to write this! :) I have yet to see a summer go by where God has not provided for Dawn and for Jordan Ministries and want to thank you in advance for being a part of that provision.
Since several people have asked us about Dawn's concert schedule, we would like to invite you to follow Dawn's schedule directly on her website at www.dawnsmithjordan.com and on her fanpage DAWN SMITH JORDAN (all caps) on Facebook - just press the "Like" button and you'll be updated on where she will be that week. Due to some technical difficulties there are a few events that have not yet been added to the schedule but we are working on getting those up as soon as possible.
I'm also trying to get Dawn to come out and visit me here in Colorado, so if you know of a church in the Denver area that would be interested in having her, please do let me know! :) As I've been able to continue working for Dawn as schedule coordinator even from here at a distance it has been nice to have some consistency in the midst of all the transition our family has been through these last two months. One thing that I'm both thankful for as well as struggling with is that I now work from 5:30am-8:00am Mountain time. Most of our contacts are on the east coast and this allows me to be in contact with them during normal work hours and be done here at home by the time things really get going in the morning. I will admit though that when my alarm clock goes off, those first few minutes can be a battle. My husband asked me if I'm able to spend time in prayer when I first get up and I assure him that I have no choice - because my first thoughts at the sound of the "beep" are "oh Lord, HELP! :)" The sun is starting to rise a little earlier now here in Grand County and I love sitting on the couch directly opposite the living room picture window with my laptop and watching the sun come up over the ridge. It's a fresh reminder with every morning that just as the sun rises again every morning, His Mercies are fresh, brand new for that day. They NEVER run out and they aren't based on yesterday's performance. I may be tired, but He isn't. I may have messed up yesterday but His mercies are still available to me anew this morning. Sometimes, when things are going well, I may be tempted to believe that I have earned His blessings on this new day because of how "well" I did the day before. Of late, Paul has been reminding me in the book of Galatians that I'm not the only one who has thought about earning God's favor. In Galatians 3 Paul writes; "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? .... The righteous shall live by faith....so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith...and if you are Christ's then you are Abrahams offspring, heirs according to promise." One of His promises is that His mercies are new for us every morning. Not because we have done anything to deserve them, but because by faith we are now His adopted children, brought into the family with all the rights and privileges of a natural born child and because He is God and He cannot and will not break His promise or be who He is not. Now THAT is some good news to wake up to - better than any cup of coffee!! :)
As always, we would love to hear from you and Dawn is so deeply thankful for your prayers and your support. She takes each invitation to speak and sing very seriously and tells me that she STILL gets nervous after all these years of sharing in concert week after week. I don't know about you but that just shows me that she is a normal and humble human being, completely dependant upon the Lord to sustain her - I can't think of a better place for her to be, can you?!! :)