Cayo and Larissa Cavalcante are one of two church planting couples to launch new works in the Oklahoma City metro area through SEND Oklahoma Network, the church planting network formed in partnership with the North American Mission Board and Oklahoma Baptists.

The Cavalcantes have launched an international church in the Edmond area called Deepen Movement Church, which endeavors to reach people from different countries who live in Oklahoma.

Cavalcante, a former soccer player, is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His native language is a great part of his ministry as the church plant is also sharing the Gospel in Portuguese.

Doug Melton, SEND Oklahoma Network director and pastor of Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, said it is not unusual to talk about what was an empty field just a few years ago and is now a neighborhood or how the demographics of a long-established neighborhood have changed.

“What a wonderful opportunity that affords us to tell people about our God who never changes and yet, can bring about life change in us,” Melton said. “Church plants and replants have proven to be highly effective in reaching the lost.”

Ray Strauss, pastor of Edmond, Community Church, where Calvacante previously served as minister in residence.

“Anyone who has a chance to get to know Cayo will immediately notice his deep love and commitment to Jesus Christ,” Strauss said. “He and Larissa live and model a life of total surrender to the Lord. It’s no wonder why God uses them in so many remarkable ways. It is easy to see that when you are part of what Cayo is doing, you know you are part of something God is accomplishing.”

Cavalcante holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in global ministry leadership from Southwest Christian University in Oklahoma City. He and Larissa have a 3-year-old daughter, Sophie.

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Cayo Cavalcante is featured in the 2022 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see more information about his ministry, visit