Wes and Cynthia Palla are missionaries serving in São Paulo, Brazil. They have been married for nine years and have three daughters: Mia, Mahaela, and Mariella.
Upon graduating from Bible college, they spent two years working with Missionary Kevin Wynne in Mexico City. They worked in various ministries there and also helped to plant churches in South America. After their time in Mexico, they returned to the States to raise support for Brazil. Upon completion of deputation, they moved to São Paulo, Brazil, in the spring of 2014.
During the last two years, they have helped to plant churches in several South
American countries, learned Portuguese, and made yearly trips into the Amazon Basin to evangelize unreached people groups. In the summer of 2016, they founded the Maranatha Baptist Church of Guarulhos, Brazil. Their prayer is to see God build His church there in Guarulhos and to see it become a pattern church involved in starting scores of other churches across the city of São Paulo and the nation of Brazil.
Their long-term goal is to see the people and churches of Brazil grow beyond being missionary “receivers” and become missionary “senders.”
We are so grateful for your partnership with our ministry. Your prayers and financial support have contributed to souls being saved, baptized, discipled, and added to the church. In our last letter, I asked you to pray for our Vacation Bible School that was coming up. Praise the Lord, we had a great turnout! Everything ran smoothly, and we had over 20 salvation decisions by the end of the 3 days.
I wanted to share a quick story to highlight why your prayers are so important. Over the past several months, we have been praying daily, asking God to send more families to our church. About two months ago, we had a family begin attending that had spent years in a different denomination. They had reached a breaking point concerning some doctrinal issues, and when they sought to leave the church quietly, the pastor “cursed” them for their unfaithfulness. It was a spiritually traumatic time for them. They found our church and attended two services a week apart. They then started to let some friends and family know about this Baptist church they had attended and enjoyed. Over the next month, we had five new families visit the church because of the invitation this gentleman had given them. Four of these families, including the original one, are faithfully attending church. We have seen several of them saved and one baptized, with two more lined up to be baptized. Several are currently going through our discipleship program to learn what our church’s core beliefs are. God answers prayer!
Please continue to pray for the church here. We are training new workers and teachers to serve in the church. We have our 3rd anniversary service coming up at the beginning of September. Then my family and I will be Stateside for four weeks for a quick round of meetings. By God’s grace, we have people in place who are capable of leading in our absence, but there is just never a convenient time not to be at our station. We rejoice at the recent numerical growth the Lord has blessed us with, but there is so much more work to do. We are eager to keep pressing forward. We want to see more souls saved, more lives transformed, and more laborers sent out into the harvest.
We love you, we appreciate you, and we are praying for you.