Wes & Cynthia Palla2023-10-06T12:43:08-05:00




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
Michael Birthday 10/17

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 of Hammond
507 State St.
Hammond, IN  46320
(219) 932-0711


75 Foxfire Lane
Charleston, WV 25312
Rua Praia de Itamaracá Qd. B8, Lt. 18
Vilas do Atlântico, Lauro de Freitas BA
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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 and Cynthia Palla Prayer Letter: A Full Holiday Plate

Wes and Cynthia Palla Prayer Letter:  A Full Holiday PlateI pray that all of you had a wonderful and fruitful holiday season, and I pray that the Lord’s presence and blessing will be evident in your churches and your lives this year. For us, 2023 ended on a wonderful note, and we are eager to see what the Lord will do this year.

In November, we had our second Missions Conference, with two church planters taking part. We collected Faith Promise pledges through the first couple weeks of December, and we rejoice to report that our church’s pledged giving to missions more than doubled! We held our annual Live Nativity service the Wednesday before Christmas, and I was really hopeful for a big night. We expanded the scene a bit, and this year, we had a lady in church who made all of our costumes—I didn’t even know we had a seamstress. Well, the night of the service, we had torrential rains like we’ve not seen in years. Needless to say, this affected attendance a little, but we praise the Lord for the good turnout and for salvation decisions that were made.

At our New Year’s Eve get-together, one of our attendees told me that this was the first New Year’s in many years that they were actually sober and with their family. Praise the Lord for the power of the Gospel. Please keep our church’s numerical and spiritual growth in your prayers.

January is Stewardship Month here. After that, we will get through Carnaval, and then it is time for the ramp up for our Evangelistic Conference. We are currently doing soul-winning workshops and training our church members to be comfortable and competent in sharing the Gospel. By the time the conference rolls around, my prayer is that several of our people will have already won their first soul to Christ.

Thank you for supporting the work here and for loving Brazilian souls. It is a privilege to serve here in Bahia, and we are excited about what this year holds in reaching souls for Christ. God bless you and use you for the furtherance of the Gospel.

Declaring His glory,

Wesley Palla
Psalm 96:3


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