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.”
It has been a great two months of ministry since we last corresponded! We have baptized five more people since our last letter: a family of three, one of our men who has been with us for over a year, and our six-year-old daughter Mariella. We rejoice at what God has been doing.
At the end of July, we held our winter Vacation Bible School, and I was very happy as a pastor. We had over 20 church members serving in different capacities. It was a more complex format than we have previously used. There was a lot going on at all times, but our folks did an excellent job. Everything ran smoothly the entire time, our group of kids were well behaved throughout, people were excited for the event each day, and new kids (and parents) showed up every day, By the end of the Bible school, there were over a dozen professions of faith. We averaged around 70 in attendance each day of VBS. From that outreach, we have had two new families begin attending church regularly, and numerous new kids are being brought by one of our church families. We praise the Lord for the results He gave us.
Moving into August, we started another round of discipleship, held a soul-winning workshop for our church folk to learn how to more effectively share the Gospel with those around them, saw very strong attendances in our services, and had nearly 20 adults visit our church for the first time during the month. We also received the encouraging news that our missionary partners, the Leland Johnson family, would soon be returning to Brazil.
We ask for your continued prayers for the work here. September is going to be a very busy month. We will celebrate the second anniversary of the church here this month, and we will also be holding our first-ever Spring Campaign. We have been encouraging our people about bringing visitors, serving in new areas of the ministry, and working to fill our auditorium space on a weekly basis. Pray that we will see souls saved, baptized, and added to the church as a result of the work of our people over the next five weeks.
We love and appreciate you. We are privileged to be your representatives here in Salvador, Brazil.