Ana Paula is married to Gustavo Bessa and is the mother of Isaque and Benjamim. Her family is her most special ministry. Her home church is Lagoinha Baptist Church in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – a 60 thousand people ministry that has impacted the nation under her father’s leadership. Ana and Gustavo were ordained as pastors in the year 2000 and have served in many areas but their main passion is worship and missions. Ana is the founder of CTMDT, a Worship and Missions School in Brazil where 300 students attend for 2 years and serve in the Mission field for another 10 months. For 13 years Gustavo and Ana have fully supported around 50 long term Brazilian missionaries and were the main supporters for their church’s Ashasthan Project in India – homes for the restoration of girls taken out of prostitution. Ana also founded The Arts Factory – a school for kids and people of all ages on every art expression for the advancing of the Kingdom.
Ana produces DVDs singing Bible stories for children. She also has a powerful women’s ministry with tens of thousands of women being reached through her conferences every year. Her ministry is most known for their prophetic worship and intercession gatherings. Over two million people gathered for a night of prayer and worship in Sao Paulo. Since 1998 over 15 million people attended to these gatherings where DVDs and CDs were recorded with songs and prayers that cried out for God to heal peoples lives and also to heal their land. Ana is a preacher, a book author and songwriter and she ministers not only in Brazil, but in many nations around the world. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English and has recorded also in Turkish, Polish, and Albanian. Ana Paula’s latest release is the DVD and CD Tetelestai – It is Finished – recorded live in Israel.
Ana Paula has received over 25 awards as the leader of Diante do Trono – Before the Throne Worship Ministry. In 2004 they were nominated in 8 categories for Troféu Talento (a Brazilian Award similar to the Dove Awards) and they won in 7. She was also nominated in the 38th GMA Dove Awards for the album Sol da Justiça – Sun of Righteousness. Read more.