Guitars For Glory: Guatemala Documentary Short

Guitars For Glory Documentary: San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala from Sprig Music on Vimeo.

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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.

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  • Joey Yelle

    This is AMAZING Chris! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Christopher Hopper

      You’re most welcome, bro. Thanks for watching and commenting.

  • Zachariah yelle

    This is a GREAT reminder of how blessed we are and how much of an impact we can have towards others! Thanks for sharing!

    • Christopher Hopper

      Thanks, Zach. Glad it can serve as such a reminder. Well said.

  • Jason Rodgers

    Fantastic!!! Tears!!!

    • Christopher Hopper

      Thanks, Jay. I’m right there with you bro.

  • http://www.dadscancooktoo.com/ Nathan Reimer

    Powerful and so touching. Thanks for being willing to go and bringing us along for the ride. Things like this have multi-generational and eternal consequences.

    • Christopher Hopper

      Thanks for watching, bro. And I appreciate the encouragement. I feel so strongly that I’ll (we’ll) be asked what we did for the generation that we’ll never meet; so hearing you so that makes it even more worthwhile for me.

  • AnneMarie Lachance-Sureau

    Wow. Beautiful and powerful.

    • Christopher Hopper

      Thanks, AM. Always appreciate your words.

  • http://scrollsofvenarilnightblade.wordpress.com Venaril NightBlade

    Awesome! :) Great video and a great ministry.
    I feel kinda left out on things cuz I wish I could sponsor stuff like that but I can’t, however I’ll have a chance to serve with my own two hands in Israel this summer! :D Can’t wait

    • Christopher Hopper

      Israel? This summer? Do tell! (#jealous)

    • http://scrollsofvenarilnightblade.wordpress.com Venaril NightBlade

      Yeah! With Friends Of Israel. Can’t wait! I’ll try to send somewhat regular email updates if you wanna be on the list.
      (#you-can’t-be-jealous-cuz-you-were-in-Guatemala x)

    • Christopher Hopper

      I love that hash tag!

    • http://scrollsofvenarilnightblade.wordpress.com Venaril NightBlade

      B-)

  • DLouisa Ford

    Incredible!!

    • Christopher Hopper

      Thanks so much, Dee. Love your guts.

  • John J

    Me Encanta

  • Chris Gilliatt

    I bought an inexpensive 2nd hand classical to take on my next trip to Guatemala, to play and also give away. As the departure date approaches (October 24) I’m having second thoughts about taking it for several reasons, but this story is pushing me back in the “take it” direction.

    • http://christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Man, Chris. I’m glad our video could provide some inspiration. If only you could see how much that instrument will mean to those wonderful people.

      What you don’t see in this documentary are the stories behind the faces. The last guitar we gave in the video was to a young man who’s family was saving to buy one for him—for ten years. Ten years for a guitar that we were able to secure in a day.

      BRING IT! :) And if you want more ideas or to get connected with Guitars For Glory, please contact them through their website and tell them we emailed/commented.

    • Chris Gilliatt

      Muchas gracias amigo. Voy la tener que espero. Voy a Guatemala cado ano con un grupo llamada Corazones y Manos, hacimos las estufas en casas de la gente pobre. Antes a Uspantan (cerca de SC Verapaz) pero esta vez a Chinique y comunidades alrededor.
      I go every year with a Canadian charity Hearts & Hands, assembling stoves in homes of local people. Previously we worked in the Uspantan area (near SC Verapaz) but this time in Chinique and outlying communities.
      I’ll let you know how it goes when I return in a couple of weeks. Hopefully United Airlines won’t hassle me too much or charge excessively for the guitar and case.

    • http://christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You rock, man! Let me know how it goes. :)