The Lord opened this ministry for Grady on our first time in Spain as
part of a CFNI summer outreach team to Madrid in May of 1989. Grady was admiring the handiwork on the
acoustic guitars there in the shops around the Plaza Mejor ~ just one of the many places our teams frequented during
our month stay in Spain. Just before heading back to Dallas, Grady was impressed to buy one of the spanish acoustic
guitars to use in worship. We were really blessed with the purchase - about $350 US and returned knowing
that it would be used to draw others into worship and fellowship with the Lord.
Several months later, a young man on the CFNI campus really needed an acoustic for some recording he was doing, so he
borrowed the Spanish guitar. Tim fell in love with the way it handled and the sound of the guitar so he asked Grady
if he wanted to sell it. Grady prayed and felt the Lord wanted him to sell it for the amount we had invested.
This was the first of many such transactions and a growing process for believing and trusting in the direction of the
Lord for upgrading his equipment over the years. Each experience has had its own personality ~ stretching and challenging
both of us in many ways.
The second time the Lord spoke to Grady about investing a guitar was in June, 1993 just as we were about
to leave Dallasd to work at the Cristo para las Naciones -Argentina Bible school in Córdoba, Arg.
At that time, Grady owned a beautiful hand-made Jim Olson guitar - previously owned by Phil Keaggy and used
on 'The Wind and the Wheat' instrumental recording done several years before our arrival at CFNI-Dallas for
Bible school. Grady had been praying and thinking he really needed something that would travel better... he knew he
would be going around to different areas of Argentina raising up worship teams and working with the musicians... Travel
can be really tough on guitars.
One day, a couple of days before we were due to leave for Argentina ~ the Lord impressed
Grady to give the guitar to Ed Jones. Ed was at CFNI with us and he and Grady spent time together with the Spanish
and English worship teams ~ sharing what all musicians like to share about and growing in the Lord as they shared.
Grady tried to get him on the phone but to no avail, and finally told the Lord "Maybe I'm not suppose to
give him the guitar?!" The Lord spoke to Grady and gave him a time and place where he would find Ed.Grady
went and waited... no one was there... so he told the Lord he would wait 5 more minutes... after the appointed time
had come and gone. During that time Ed arrived... puzzled, and quite sure why he had felt led by the
Holy Spirit to come there. He jumped out of the car and asked Grady if he knew what was going on?!? Ed said
that he was headed in the opposite direction, when the Lord told him he needed to be there where Grady was, at a
certain time!! He turned his car around, knowing he would be pushing it to arrive on time.
Grady told Ed to follow him to the trunk of our car, opened it and there was the Olson. Ed didn't
get it but then Grady shared about his prayer and how the Lord had spoken to him to give his Olson to Ed. It was a touching
moment as they both realized what the Lord was doing. Both were blessed abundantly and above all they could have
The night before leaving for Argentina, Ed came over and gave Grady his Takamine electric-acoustic
guitar ~ which Grady could use in his travels. It was a blessing as we all prayed for each other and what the Lord would
be doing in our lives in the future.