Wes and Cynthia Palla2020-04-29T10:29:38-05:00

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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 St, Hammond, Indiana 46320

(219) 932-0711


Information Packet


(219) 803-4133
75 Foxfire Lane
Charleston, 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: Departure Draws Close

Wes Palla Prayer Letter:  Departure Draws CloseWe are so grateful for each one of you. While the last couple of months have taken a very unexpected turn from what we had planned for the tail end of our furlough, God has used you to be a tremendous blessing to our family. It is amazing to me how many of you have gone out of your way to be an encouragement to us. Several churches allowed us to be with them “virtually.” Many of you sent along a love offering just because. We are humbled by your generosity, and we are blessed to have such committed partners with our ministry. Thank you so much. There are a couple of big items that I would like to address so that everyone can be up-to-date and so that you can continue to pray for God to move in Brazil.

I would like to share exactly what our next church plant will look like when we get back to Brazil next month. Over two years ago when God began moving in our hearts about the great need in the Northeast, He used some dear missionary friends to do so. After going up and holding evangelistic conferences in the Northeast, conversing for many hours, and praying for many more, we knew that God was moving us to a different region of Brazil. Not only that, but He wasn’t going to have us work alone once we got there. Over the past year, He has been putting together a team of people whose goal is to see many churches planted in the Northeast. Upon returning to Brazil, we will be working with our friends, the Leland Johnson family, along with Brazilian families that we will begin training immediately for a future church-planting ministry. One of these families is a product of our ministry in Guarulhos. I believe we are on the cusp of seeing a tremendous harvest of souls and churches planted in the Northeast Region as a result of the combined and complementary strengths of these team members. Please pray, as there is still much work to do to be fully prepared for the church launch later this summer.

I’m sure many of you can imagine the financial output involved in getting a church planted. Thank you for giving generously to help us get the needed space and equipment for this next launch. God has already led some churches to give toward chairs for the auditorium and children’s church, and another church gave toward our return tickets. When multiple people chip in a little, it becomes much. For those pastors who would like to know more specifics about the needs we still have for the church plant, I would be happy to share them with you at your request.

Please continue to pray with us that God will allow us to return to Brazil as soon as possible, and pray for the financial and logistical needs of getting back and getting everyone settled. Thank you for praying for our health and safety and for always being so generous toward us. We are blessed to have you all in our corner, and we are eager to get back and get to work.

Declaring His glory,

Wes Palla
Psalm 96:3

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