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Acts 29 | Latin America

The Acts 29 Latin America Network spans from Mexico to Brazil in a region consists of over 600 million people, 35 countries, and five different main languages. The Acts 29 Latin America network was formalized in 2014 and is led by Francisco Bendfeldt, based in Guatemala City, and Jay Bauman, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Until this spring the Latin America application and assessment process has been open only to English-speaking candidates, however the application process is now open to Portuguese-speaking candidates, and will be open to Spanish speaking candidates shortly. There are already several churches in the Latin American network including churches in Guatemala, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil, among others. There are also many other churches associated with our work who are in the process of becoming members.

In both Guatemala and Brazil we regularly offer training events and conferences for pastors and church planters. Additionally in Brazil we have two church-planting residencies in the cities of Rio and São Paulo.

Join us in prayer that the Gospel would continue to bear fruit in Latin America as we seek to plant healthy churches centered on Jesus.

Jay Bauman
Jay Bauman
Co-Network Director | Latin America

Francisco Bendfeldt
Francisco Bendfeldt
Co-Network Director | Latin America

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Jay Bauman Co-Network Director | Latin America Jay Bauman pastors Igreja do Redentor, a church plant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as Union Church, an English-speaking congregation. Jay founded Restore Brazil, a ministry devoted to church planting, pastoral training and mercy ministry. He lives in Rio with his wife Luciane and his two daughters, Sophia and Olivia.
Francisco Bendfeldt Co-Network Director | Latin America Francisco began his ministry as a teenager and during the last 20 years has preached in several countries around the world. He is the lead pastor of Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City and has a passion to reach others with the Gospel through church planting. He lives in Guatemala with his wife Carol and his 4 children.
Alejandro Urrea Assessment Coordinator | Latin America Alejandro is the assessment coordinator for Latin America. He is also part of the staff and church planting team at Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City. He has published a christian novel for teenagers called “Soñando con Elefantes”. He lives in Guatemala City with his wife Bereniz.
Justin Burkeholder Country Coordinator for Guatemala | Latin America Justin pastors at Iglesia Reforma, in Guatemala City. He is the coordinator for the country of Guatemala. Justin and his family moved to Guatemala with a passion to see the gospel planted, and churches multiplied. He is married to Jenny, and has two daughters, Isabella and Olivia.

João Costa Training Director | Latin America (Brazil Region) João is planting his second church in the city of Rio, Igreja Vineyard Central. João also serves as the coordinator of the Projeto Plantador church planting residency. João is studying at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is married to Mariana.
Cristiano Gaspar Assessment Director | Latin America (Brazil Region) Cristiano is planting Comunidade Batista Macaé, a new church in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cristiano serves as a leader in the Projeto Plantador church planting residency. Cristiano has a Bachelors In Business Management. He is married to Edna, and the father of Mariana and Alice.