India: Guitar Given to "Equip India"

The video above shows "Equip India" receiving the guitar... and yes, you should sing along. These are some amazing people doing great things in the country of India. Just a few weeks ago in October, we had the privilege of bringing the Guitars For Glory worship team to Falconer, NY. We lead worship at Levant church, shared about the ministry, and gave this guitar to their connected missionary in India.


A little about Equip India

Operation Equip India is an amazing ministry. They are a multi-organization dedicated to equipping India's disabled with the physical, educational and socio-economic tools necessary for a life of independence and advancement. True to its slogan–Equipping India's Disabled for a life of Independence and Advancement—the ministry of Equip India has come a long way in impacting the lives of the physically challenged not only in Dharwad District but also in the unreached communities throughout India .

Its accomplishments are just a drop in the bucket. There is much more to accomplish in our nation of India where 5% of the population are disabled. Leprosy, though eradicated by the Government of India still continues to carry a stigma and fear to reveal the disease at the earliest stage.

Equip India has stepped into another new venture of serving people affected with HIV and AIDS disease and their dependents. A long time desire to serve these people has turned into a reality with lot of prayers, confirmation from the Lord and support.

Read more about Equip India here.


Here's a little something "Equip India" had to say about the guitar we sent...

Very nice guitar. They also liked the fact that it has the built in pick-up and nice case. Customs duty makes foreign guitars much more expensive for local purchase. Locally made guitars are generally poor quality. 


Documentary Short - San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala

We have been enormously blessed by Christopher Hopper and Sprig Studios for putting this Documentary Short together. We sent 3 guitars with Christopher for the needs of his trip to Guatemala. He filmed and documented the heart of what we're doing and captured our heart and vision in an amazing way. Below is Christopher's blog post about his experience while capturing this footage. You can view the original blog post here.


(From Christopher Hopper)...

Giving stuff away is amazing. Way better than getting something yourself. (It’s almost like Jesus knew what he was talking about).

Jennifer and I had the honor of representing Guitars For Glory during our recent trip to Guatemala last month. This meant surprising three people with brand new guitars. We made sure the cameras were rolling, and managed to produce something we’re all proud of. (Thank you, Sprig Music).

Sure, who wouldn’t like a free guitar?

But what the documentary doesn’t show is all the back-story behind the recipients. Like how Rudy’s father abandoned his family for the US, and Rudy was left to be provider for his four siblings and mother; today, he’s a pillar in his family and his church. Or Roger, who’s given himself fully to educating children, and makes in one year what I make in three weeks. Then there’s Willy, who’s always wanted to lead people in worship on guitar, but knew it’d be impossible, seeing as how it’d take him and his entire family over a decade to save up enough combined money to buy one.

The stories are real. The tears are real. Because the people are real.

And that’s the power we have as being part of the world’s wealthiest people.

Please watch the video. Then thoughtfully consider three things:

1.) Giving to Guitars For Glory so they can continue to spread the message of hope in Jesus through music.

2.) Sponsor a child with Inn Ministries, our hosting organization in Guatemala. I can’t say enough about these people. They’re the real deal, and you’re having a daily impact on children when you give toward their education.

3.) Let me know what you think—about all this. I’d love to hear.

You were born to rock. So get to it.


Giving Guitar in Uganda With Sozo Children

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One of the greatest blessings we get to experience at Guitars For Glory is the passion and commitment our volunteers have for the GFG mission.  Our organization would not be where it is today without the dedication of our team members.  We recently had a group of GFG volunteers and team members serve on a missions trip to Uganda with an organization called Sozo Children.  Sozo Children is a wonderful organization with a powerful calling.  The mission of Sozo Children is to "Glorify God through saving children in need, building community, and connecting individuals to all experience the love of Jesus Christ."  Sozo exists not to change a child’s culture, but to be ambassadors of Christ to advocate for His children.  As an extension of Guitars For Glory, these wonderful ladies were able to bless some very deserving people.  Special thanks to Alissa, Sher, Jenna, and Sarah!  Take a second and hear from one of them directly...

 

"Over this past week of February 12th-22nd, I had the opportunity to serve in a children's home in Uganda, Africa with an organization called Sozo Children. My team was blessed enough to get the chance to also be a part of the Guitars For Glory ministry by giving a guitar to one of the three houses Sozo Children operates. House (3) is an all boys house, and these boys all have a passion for serving God through their choir. They sang for us while we were there and I know the guitar we were able to give is going to be perfect for their ministry! After describing to them the vision of Guitars For Glory, and then handing them the guitar, the room was filled with clapping and shouts of excitement. It overwhelmed my heart with joy to see how appreciative and excited they were to receive something we so easily take for granted. Only one or two of them actually know how to play guitar, but the missionary we worked with promised they'd all be playing by the end of the week.  Until now, the only instrument aiding them in their musical worship experience has been a few hand drums that are placed in each house. The determination of the Ugandan people just blows me away and I cannot wait to hear how the Lord blesses them and the use of this guitar!

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For me the point of missions trips is to serve God and to pour into his people, but through my past experiences, especially this week in Uganda, I felt that I was being blessed more than they were! I have been privileged to be a part of the growth of Guitars for Glory from the very beginning, so getting the opportunity to see the ministry come to life was an incredible blessing! God has really placed a passion in the hearts of all the GFG founders and I love being a part of the team. Hand delivering a guitar to someone who I know is going to influence so many with worship was such a special experience that I will never forget. We got the opportunity to listen and to worship along with each house of Sozo children. Their passion for Jesus Christ is truly inspiring, as they showed me what real worship looks like. I'm so thankful for this experience and the chance to serve the King as the hands and feet of Jesus through Guitars for Glory and Sozo Children!"

-Alissa Catanzaro (Guitars For Glory Volunteer)


"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
-Mark 10:45

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Be sure to check out the Sozo Children ministry. They are doing amazing things for the country and people of Uganda. Click here to check out their mission: http://www.sozochildren.org/


You Can Help! Picks / Strings / Straps.

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If there's one question we receive more than any other it's, "How can I help or be involved?". You know what that means? We have an amazing support system made up of people who want to get their hands dirty and do something with us! We have a tangible way that you can help.

For many guitar players around the world, guitar accessories are hard to find or are extremely overpriced; so we try to send every guitar with extra strings, picks, and a strap.

Here's where you come in... 

Whether you have an extra set of strings, 10 picks laying around, or a guitar strap you never use; there are people around the globe who can put those to good use. If you would like to donate any accessories, we will put them in the cases with the guitars we ship around the world. Every little bit helps, and this will go a long way.

One of our in-house mottos is "we won't send anything we wouldn't play ourselves." We're not looking for rusty strings or picks worn down so much they've turned into a circle. We're calling out to you for something that you yourself would use. Something you would want to donate to a worship leader or guitarist somewhere around the globe.  So if it's in good shape, we'll put it to use.

Here are a few things to consider:
Strings  /  Picks  /  Strap  /  Stand  /  Capo  /  Cables

If you have anything you'd like to donate, send us an email: guitarsforgloryinfo@gmail.com. We'll give you an address to send the accessories to.

We appreciate you guys so much. Thanks for all your love and support. You're making people feel loved around the world by giving them this opportunity.

Much Love,
-The GFG Team


"Youth Summit" with Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College

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The GFG swag is all set up! Come say hi at our booth, we'd love to chat. This is one of the many places we've been able to share the vision of Guitars For Glory. We want to thank Northeastern Seminary and Roberts Wesleyan college for having us at the Youth Summit this year! Some amazing speakers and people here.

We want to come to you! We'd love to come set up a booth, share our vision, or just hang with you. We are very open to coming and being a part of your event, conference, festival, etc.. 

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Here's one of our co-founders, Jonny Capuano, sharing the visions of Guitars For Glory. So many leaders in this room and we can't wait to work with you. One of the greatest questions from the crowd today:

"How can we help?"

One of the biggest ways that anyone can help is by getting guitars and instruments into the hands of those around the globe. Many of the people in this room are going on mission relief trips around the world, and we'll be sending instruments with them. Be sure to contact us if you're taking a trip; we'd love to connect with you.

Much love,
The GFG Team