forming unbreakable bonds
Sarah George says her first Territorial Arts Ministry (TAM) Conservatory in 2009 rekindled her love for dancing, but it also changed her life spiritually.
“It was the first time I had really experienced the kind of environment where everybody has the same aspiration to get closer to Christ through their craft,” George said. “It really opened my eyes to being able to use my talent for God instead of just wanting to be really good at dance.
“God gave me the gift. To be able to give it back to Him is special.”
This summer, George attended her eighth TAM Conservatory.
She has also finished her fourth tour with the Creative Arts Services Team (CAST) and performed in “Moses.”
This year’s CAST was special because George’s brother, Jonathan, was on the team.
George, who is the daughter of Majors Barbara and Edgar George and a senior at Asbury University, served in a leadership role at TAM as a dance facilitator. She said her favorite part of TAM is “growing with people” and seeing old friends, including some she grew up with in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
“It’s really cool seeing friends from my past, meeting new friends, and just bonding,” she said. “Over one week, I made relationships and bonds that are unbreakable.”
George and CAST put their skills on display during the Pier Ministry at the Old Orchard Beach Camp Meetings. George said dance and drama are on the upswing throughout the territory.
“There is something about the performing arts that is drawing people,” she said. “The visual aspect of it sucks people in.
“I think it’s important for us to focus on this generation. In the past, the Army has used brass banding to reach out. I love brass banding and I play a cornet, but I think people today are drawn in by the things of these times.
“I feel in this day and age, the creative arts—using dance and drama and even contemporary worship bands—is what draws people. The modern feel has been successful in a lot of outreach.”
George said one example is when small groups from TAM draw crowds in New York City’s Times Square.
“It just makes people stop and look and wonder,” she said. “That creates a great time to witness to people, to talk to them and to tell them what we’re about.”
by Robert Mitchell
If you missed it, you can watch this year’s TAM Conservatory Finale, “Kingdom Creativity,” Visit https://livestream.com/saconnects/events/6120884.