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Adventures of Dawn-Breaker Paperback – July 21, 1987
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Gina Garcia was born and educated in New York before going to Hollywood, California. She is a singer by profession and freelance lyric writer. Her husband, Russell Garcia, is a well-known composer, arranger, and conductor.Gina has been traveling most of her life since leaving New York, on the road as a singer, later accompanying her husband on his tours six months of the year to Europe and other countries, plus three times around the world. Gina now lives on the beautiful Bay of Islands in New Zealand, a haven and a refuge, a place to get back to nature and 'recharge ones batteries'.
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As their plans finalized, their hearts drew them to the Pacific Islands where they would serve Baha'u'llah wherever it was best. This was not the 'normal' couple embarking on a romantic journey; Russ was at the peak of his career with royalties from music written for film and stage and in demand as a composer, arranger and conductor while Gina was a professional singer and free lance writer. They had to keep in touch with those back home and be prepared to fly to assignments as they arose during their magical six-year adventure. As active Baha'is they had many responsibilities and as their departure day approached pressure increased to keep them at home. It became increasingly difficult to be sure that they were not making a mistake as every Baha'i delights in the thought of pioneering and travel teaching but has to balance this against service at home. They sought advice and found the perfect answer in a letter from the World Center of the Baha'i Faith calling on all self-supporting believers to arise independently to visit all the continents and countries mentioned in 'Tablets of the Divine Plan.' Pioneers were settling in remote places and for the first time in Baha'i history believers were summoned to visit fellow-Baha'is everywhere. It became easy to do what their hearts had already decided by joining a tidal wave of teaching.
This is Russ and Gina's adventures of sailing to places where no Baha'is had ever sailed before; of their resounding send off and of the love they met along the way. This is the story of love from friends who donated their flag with background stripes of brown, yellow, white, and red to symbolize the colors of man; the white nine-pointed star representing the unity of humanity; the circle of blue symbolizing the sea, sky and earth and citizenship of the world; and the love of the painter of "Dawn-Breaker" as a reminder of the early martyrs of the Cause who gave their lives to break the night of hate and ignorance of man's thinking with the love and knowledge of God's new day. It is the story of the 1950s when they were investigating Baha'i and came home so spiritually stimulated that they lay awake till dawn talking. It is the story of their first day when they rescued a frantic elderly couple drifting out to sea only to be caught in Hurricane Alma that broke the boom, stopped the engine, put out the electrical system and forced them to bale. It is the story of their sheepish return to Hollywood while the boat was repaired; it is the story of their soul searching as to whether the hurricane was a sign not to go or a test of their resolve and commitment. It is the story of the adventures of highly committed people to support fellow Baha'is around the world bring the message of God's love. It is the story of Russ and Gina's hopes, disappointments, joys, and difficulties and the decision that changed their lives.