Wes and Cynthia Palla2019-10-17T15:22:55-05:00

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Wes Birthday 11/24
Cynthia Birthday 05/16
Wes & Cynthia Wedding Anniversary 09/01
Mia Birthday 11/22
Mahaela Birthday 05/15
Mariella Birthday 06/23

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.”

Ministry Goals Moving Forward


  • Soul winning and discipleship
  • The growth and grounding of Maranatha Baptist Church, Guarulhos, Brazil
  • Eventual Bible institute to provide doctrinal and practical training


  • Send out pastors, preachers, and teachers
  • Continue Amazon outreach, using medical/dental clinics to get the Gospel into tribal areas
  • Strengthen the churches in the Amazon Basin


  • Send out missionaries to other Portuguese-speaking countries (19)
  • Continue to assist in planting churches across our continent (12 churches to date)

First Baptist Church


473 Sibley Street
Hammond, Indiana 46320


(219) 803-4133
75 Foxfire Lane
Charlestonm, WV 25312
Rua Belo Jardim 509
Santa Clara Guarulhos SP 07123-100




You can financially support our family and ministry by giving here online, or you can mail checks to FBMI, 507 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320, and designate your giving to Missionary #154.


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Wes Palla Prayer Letter: Three Years and We’re Off

Wes Palla Prayer Letter:  Three Years and We're OffJuly has been a very encouraging month for us in the work here in Guarulhos. At the end of the month, our church celebrated three years of existence. We had a great crowd, two ladies baptized, many first-time visitors, and a great time of thanking God for what He has done these last few years.

You never know how people will respond to sad news (our preparing to turn this church over and go start a new work in the northeast of Brazil); but God was VERY gracious, and our people responded with spiritual maturity beyond their years. During this past month, Cynthia and I went to each family individually and explained what the Lord was doing in our lives and ministry.

Understandably, there were some tears and sadness—on our part as well as theirs, yet all of them assured us that they were ready to take up the slack here and that the church would continue to work and grow, Lord willing. Many thanked us for sharing the Gospel with them, which totally changed their life’s trajectory. Several said things like, “If all you did during your time here was reach our family with the Gospel, then it’s ‘mission accomplished.’ ”

I am encouraged that in spite of the news of our departure, everyone continues to work as they always have—serving in the church, going out evangelizing, helping each other. Truly, I am the most blessed missionary in the world to pastor such people. It’s really going to hurt to leave our place here. However, the need where we are heading is even greater from a human perspective. Please pray for God to begin to prepare hearts for our arrival.

Here in Guarulhos, we have seen folks saved every week this month, and we have had five people baptized over the last three weeks. Praise the Lord! Please pray that God will protect and provide for the church here in the next phase of their life with a new pastor.

As some may have noticed in our last two prayer letters, we will be back in the States for a furlough to update all of our supporting churches of the next phase of ministry in reaching Brazil. There are a handful of dates that we still have available if you would like for us to give an update.

Thank you so much for your prayers for us and for the church here. It has been a great honor and blessing to see God work here in an amazing way for the last three years. Thank you for faithfully praying and giving. We have an exemplary group of partnering churches. May God be glorified in all that we do, both in Brazil and in the U.S.

Declaring His glory,

Wesley Palla
Psalm 96:3

August 31st, 2019|Tags: , , |
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