I first met Sarah when she was 14. From the first I loved her sweet spirit and dedication to the violin. She played the instrument like it was her baby.

But despite her obvious passion, Sarah’s technique was riddled with problems. Her bow position and left hand were awkward and caused her pain. 

The tragedy was Sarah was no beginner - she had been playing for 8 years and was far behind where should could have been. 

It wasn’t her fault. Sarah came from a small town in Tennessee and was inspired to play by hearing a local fiddler. He taught her what he could, but after a while, she had to look elsewhere and ended up studying with someone who wasn’t even a violinist. Lack of opportunities and bad information had literally locked up her fingers and arms, keeping her from unleashing her love for the instrument.

Sarah and her young students.

Sarah and her young students.

In a divine moment her mother saw a flyer for our Summer Music Festival and sent Sarah to our musical program. She kept coming, and almost a decade later, Sarah is not only an outstanding player, but a thriving composer and arranger. Today Sarah teaches a studio full of promising students back in the small town she calls home. 

Her students won’t have to grapple with bad information and a lack of teachers. Instead they’ll have Sarah - a musical missionary, transforming the world she was born into with excellence and a heart for God. Her story is just one of the many lives the Annie Moses Foundation is changing for the better.