GUITARS FOR GLORY
What began as an idea among a few friends has quickly gained momentum for the Christian nonprofit, Guitars for Glory (GFG). Founded by a trio that includes former Houghton roommates Jeff Roeters ’05 and Josh Cowell ’05, the group’s mission is to “equip the world for worship” by sending guitars and instruments across the globe.
“Music is an amazing blessing that we often take for granted,” states the GFG website banner. With its goal of donating over 100 guitars a year, GFG hosts an annual music event in Rochester, N.Y., to draw the community together in worship and raise support for those lacking music necessities.
“Music is one of the biggest parts of each of our lives. It’s morphed who we are, and to be able to help give that experience to somebody else was how Guitars for Glory was born,” says Roeters, who was empowered after visiting underprivileged communities in Peru, where the few guitars he saw were held together by string or glue.
Already, GFG has sites in Honduras, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Ethiopia lined up to receive aid.
GFG prospers from the support of volunteers and partners, and even caught the attention of major guitar manufacturer, Taylor McGrath, who makes guitars for recording artists like Keith Urban. McGrath is now making a guitar in Australia to be autographed and auctioned off for GFG.