Wes and Cynthia Palla2018-06-18T10:10:10-05:00

Project Description




Wes Birthday 11/24
Cynthia Birthday 05/16
Wes & Cynthia Wedding Anniversary 09/01
Mia Birthday 11/22
Ariah 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

Information Packet


(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.



Wes Palla Prayer Letter: Meet Renan and Gabriella

Wes Palla Prayer Letter: Meet Renan and GabriellaI would like for you to meet Renan and Gabriella. This young couple has been attending our church for the last several months, and I want to share the blessing that is their story.

When I met them last year, they had been searching for God for some time and trying to live right as best as they knew how. They had tried Brazil’s largest evangelical church (The Universal Church) and had been let down by its false doctrine and complete lack of assurance about anything other than money. The first night they came to our service, they heard Bible preaching, and the Lord began to work in their hearts.

After attending for a couple of weeks, they set up a time for discipleship with us in our home. That first week was the first time someone had ever clearly explained the Gospel to them. Poor Gabriella was wide-eyed, with mouth agape, when she realized that all the religion she had held on to counted zero towards her eternal destination. They were both saved that night. For several weeks after that, we met together every week, and their awe and wonder at learning foundational truths from God’s Word was so refreshing for us! They were so hungry!

They have been disowned by her family and openly mocked and ridiculed by his, yet they continue coming to church, learning, and growing. I have had the privilege to baptize both of them, and, Lord-willing, they will be getting involved in various ministries of the church in the very near future.

These are the types of people that your missions giving reaches: lives with no hope or direction, lives that are redeemed, renewed, and transformed by the Gospel, and lives that can then turn around and reach others with that same good news. Thank you for supporting the work here in Guarulhos. There are many other stories we could share, and there are many others waiting to be found.

Please pray for Renan and Gabriella’s spiritual growth. Pray for our other church families as well. All of them have been saved and in church for less than three years. Please pray that we can reach many more families. Thank you so much for your partnership with us. God bless you.

Declaring His glory,

Wes Palla
Psalm 96:3

March 19th, 2019|Tags: |
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