Elmer Lessa is the head and visionary of AmazonVida, and pastor for First Baptist Church in Parintins, Amazonas, Brasil. His father started the ministry that would become AmazonVida more than 60 years ago, and Elmer took over after his father passed away.
Elmer's father resided in Southern Brazil, but had a burning heart for the nations to know and worship God. It was with this passion that he prayed, “Lord, give me the hardest place in the world that needs you most and send me there.” Of course, the Lord answered his prayer and sent him to Parintins, Brazil – which was one of the nations most persecuted villages.
The mission that started with Pastor Elmer's father is going strong today!