• Daniel Baker
Posted in Mission
Last fall we mentioned to you that Cornerstone has begun a partnership with Acts 29 Latin America. We wanted to give you some of the back story about how we landed there.
First, with our move to Trinity Fellowship Churches, our way of doing international missions changed. Trinity's strategy is to focus on the US for locations where our own churches will plant but then to link arms with existing ministries to invest in international works. This comes from a realistic sense of our own resources and also a recognition that many people have been active for much longer than us in doing Great Commission ministry internationally.
Second, one key element we wanted in such partnerships was a ministry devoted to church planting. Through the help of our Leadership Cohort we vetted a half-dozen ministries that are involved with church planting outside the US. We landed on Acts 29 as a group that was aligned with us in its values and was active in areas where we felt drawn.
We looked especially at their work in Latin America, since our history as a church has already drawn us to Guatemala. Providentially, their work south of the US is centered in Guatemala City, Guatemala. If and when Covid restrictions lift and travel to Agua Viva School can continue, it's Guatemala City we fly into. We hope we can build our friendship with the local Acts 29 ministry when we visit.
The leader of Acts 29 Latin America is Francisco Benfeldt, the pastor of Casa de Libertad. He clearly has a heart to see pastors trained, encouraged, supported, and persevere in gospel ministry for the long haul. We look forward to developing this friendship as much as we can in the years ahead.
Please continue to pray that the good news of Jesus Christ would continue to spread throughout the world as more and more turn to Christ and grow to full maturity as his disciples. We're eager to be part of this mission of God.
A couple months ago I asked Francisco if he could send a video greeting to the church. I hope you enjoy it.