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Jeff & Lindsay

Serving God wherever He leads. Current location: Northeast Brazil

Updated: 2018-01-15T10:28:46.170-06:00


Blog Smog


So this isn't a Sorry, I haven't posted in a while (there really is a blog about that).Our last post was in August. There is no Part 4 to the series, I mean I have a google doc. titled "Humanized Birth" that is a bunch of ramblings, but I haven't posted it and I'm not sure I will. Yeah, our blog has slowly collapsed like a flan in a cupboard (to plagiarizing a certain comedian). We will probably still post here from time to time, but neither one of us feels up to continue right now.So I just just want to let you know (whoever you are), don't expect to find much here these days. I have felt like I owe it to people (my friends and family and supporters and churches and just EVERYONE ON EARTH) to keep this up because we are missionaries. Ridiculous.  It comes down to the truth that I am saved by faith, not by works. I really feel like keeping our blog up became this proof that we are these people that we're not.  To be really honest, it feels like an obligation to prove that we are worthy of all of the money that people give us. Truth is:We are missionaries because God wants us to do this. It isn't our perfect blog that gets us supporters, it's Him. We are so blessed with supporters that are REALLY REALLY our friends. THANK YOU, GUYS! So I am done with guilt. I know that those who love us and support us will contact us to keep us accountable. We have people here in Brazil for that, too. I know that any "well done good and faithful servant" received from the Lord at the end of our lives won't be because of an immaculate well-written blog post, but rather because we love Him and we want to glorify Him with all that He has called us to do. And right now, we don't feel like he has called us to blog.  So, while we we might post here from time to time as the Lord leads, but for now this is just sort of become extra work that isn't fruitful right now in our lives. THE END :)We are on Facebook: Jeff         LindsayTwitter (kinda): liquidaficadoraSnapchat (kinda): liquidaficadoraInstagram: liquidaficadora (notice a trend?)Skype: jeffroyt (we have a US number too)EMAIL: /lgcturner@gmail.comWhatsApp (email us for that info)ETCETCETC[...]

Birth in Northeast Brazil: Part 3


Birthing in Brazil SeriesPart 3: Obstetric violence in NE BrazilEverywhere you turn here in  the rural Northeast of Brazil you face obstetric violence in one form or another. You usually have three options when it comes to labor and birth, and their are serious problems with all three.  Here are your main options as a mother in Brazil: 1) Birth in a public hospital. Here is what you have to look forward to: Rundown facilities with a lack of supplies. You may have to share your room, and your labor space. There may be no bed for you. No bed for the baby. No basic care items for the baby. The doctor may not be in town and you may have to rush to another hospital in another town. Your companion may be forced to wait elsewhere. If a doctor is around he (or she) will most likely use verbal abuse to keep you quiet and complacent. If you get a bed, you may be forced to lay down on the bed for the whole labor and even be strapped or tied down. Episiotomies are common. So is the Kristeller maneuver. So is the doctor sitting on your belly forcing the baby down. If you need an emergency c-section it may be not started quickly enough to save the baby and the mother.  There is a great likelihood that you will not receive a lifesaving procedure such as pitocin after birth or a blood transfusion for hemorrhaging (a common complication after the Kristeller maneuver, episiotomies, and c-sections).  You will not get the attention needed for a pregnant woman in labor and your likelihood of morbidity and mortality is high.  2) Birth in a private hospital, with a private doctor. Here is what you have to look forward to: A beautiful well equipped pristine setting with a 75-100% c-section rate.  When you meet with your doctor before birth she will do her best to convince you that a c-section is best. If you don’t agree she will coerce you, rationalize with you, and even lie to you to get you to do a c-section, or just refuse to deliver your baby. At best, if you try to birth normally in a private hospital without a supportive doctor you will be ridiculed by the staff, ignored, stared at, called crazy by the other mothers and medical professionals, and in the end you will most likely have a c-section.  At worst, you will experience the Kristeller maneuver, an episiotomy, unnecessary pitocin, overdoses of pain medication, and an epidural (whether you want it/need it or not). Or you can just give in and schedule your c-section, where there is a high likelihood that your baby will be born premature and you will have other complications due to an unnecessary major abdominal surgery. Regardless of if you have a c-section or normal birth, your baby will be taken away to the nursery, “made presentable,”  and given formula making nursing difficult, if not impossible. 3) Often misunderstood or unheard of, humanized birth. I’ll explain this more in another part of our series.A little more about obstetric violence (or obstetric abuse): “Obstetric violence takes two forms: physical, manifested in invasive practices, unnecessary use of medicines and disregard for the time required or eventualities of labor; and psychological, meaning dehumanizing or rude treatment and discrimination or humiliation when a woman seeks advice or medical attention”  (Obstetric Violence - The types of obstetric violence that occur in NE brazil include: During pregnancy:Denying prenatal services to a woman or imposes difficulties in treatment Health officials neglecting to provide high quality treatment for a pregnant woman; A cesarean section is scheduled without recommendation based on scientific evidence. This can include social coercion and intimidation by the medical professional (ex. no one has babies vaginally anymore, it’s barbaric, it will ruin your sex life, you can’t handle the pain), medical coercion from a medical professional (you are too small, you are too big, your baby is too big, your baby is too small, ), and even complete lies (doctors lie about babies being bre[...]

Birthing in (Northeast) Brazil: Part 2, Julia's Story


Birthing in Brazil Series Part 2: Julia’s StoryI want to tell a little story today. When people read the statistics about the increasing c-section rate in Brazil, they usually ask me, why? Is it really that women are scared of childbirth?  Is it that doctors really don’t do normal birth?  It just doesn’t make sense to people from our culture why someone would choose major abdominal surgery over a “natural process.”Well, to help you understand a bit better let me tell you the story of Julia.* 36 years ago, Julia’s mother gave birth to Julia via a planned c-section. Julia’s mother lived in the rural interior of Brazil. Her town had a public hospital, but it was not guaranteed there would be a doctor or medical supplies necessary. Julia’s father was a fairly successful local business owner and loved his wife dearly. He knew many women died in labor and even lost his mother after the birth of his sister. Instead of relying on the local (often uneducated) midwives he decided to take his wife to an obstetrician. The obstetrician was from out of town and could not guarantee he would be around when the time came for her to give birth. He was young and recently had been trained to do birth by c-section. He personally saw lives saved from the procedure, especially when compared to unattended births or births by untrained midwives. He recommended scheduling a cesarean birth for when he would be in town  to guarantee the safety of the mother and the baby.  Julia was born healthy and happy. Three years later her brother joined her in the world in the same manner. Julia’s mother accredited her children’s survival, and her own, to childbirth by c-section. She saw many of her friends and relatives die in childbirth or shortly after. During the late 60’s to early 80’s the infant mortality rate within the first year was 200-300 infant deaths per 100,000 live births. ("BRAZIL: No More Angel Babies on the Alto | Center for Latin ..." 2013. 4 Aug. 2015 ) While many of those deaths were due to malnutrition and illness within the first year, folk superstitions often blamed the violence of childbirth.  For Julia’s mother the c-section was a miracle! She tells her friends and family and those who can afford it start to have planned c-sections also.36 years later, Julia is even more well off than her mother and father. With time Julia marries and gets pregnant. All of her friends and family have had scheduled c-sections. Her mother had a c-section. Her doctor recommends a scheduled c-section. Normal childbirth doesn’t even seem like an option. She doesn't know anyone in her social circle that has done it. It seems primitive and risky. Even though she lives close to a “good public hospital,” she has heard horror stories of violence in labor and maternal and infant deaths at that hospital.  Even if she mentions normal birth, her doctor laughs it off and tells her that she won’t be able to handle the pain of childbirth, he says you are too petite for normal labor and your baby is already very large. She wants the best for her baby so at her first prenatal appointment she schedules the date of her baby's birth.Does Julia really have any other good options?  Why would she even consider vaginal birth as a healthy option? *Julia is a character made up from three stories of three different friends here in Brazil, but her story (and her mother’s) is very common and is very similar to the story of most of the women who schedule a c-section in their first doctor’s appointment. I hope this story helps outsiders to see a little more about why women here in the interior would choose c-sections. Next week I'll get into more about obstetric violence in the public (and private) sector! -Lindsay[...]

Birthing in (Northeast) Brazil


I started writing this series about three years ago. Never has it seemed like the right time to post it, until now. This series explains some of what is happening in Brazil. It is why Mercia and I want to go to these classes. I know that I need more education, more training, more prayer, more partnerships, more seeking God’s will, and more patience. Well, anyway, this is where we are. Background, Introduction, Part 1Have you ever had so much to say that you just didn’t know where to start?  Yeah, I don’t often have that problem either, but recently I do. So, I’m going to do a little series on my thoughts about birth.Specifically, the state of obstetric care in Northeast Brazil.I know a lot of you have seen me blab about this over the past three years or so on facebook. We don’t really blog much, so I know to suddenly start going on and on about birth is a little weird, but well, that’s just where I am right now. Obviously this is an issue near to my heart.A little disclaimer before we get into it. How a woman chooses to birth or what happens to her in the course of childbirth is a very personal experience. Ladies, no matter how you gave birth you did your best to have the best for your child and yourself in your unique situation. I am not writing this series to insult c-section moms or champion natural birth.  We all love and care for our children and try to make the best decisions. While I am writing this from a perspective that elective c-sections are not ideal; I know that other well researched women have come to other conclusions. I respect that. The purpose of this series is to provide an understanding of birth in Brazil from the perspective of a foreigner. I am going to talk a lot about the risks of elective c-sections, but ultimately I love and respect my sisters who make other decisions.  I will also talk about obstetric violence. Ultimately, it is most important that I am showing the love of Christ to those around me. I hope that this clear in what I share. This isn’t really a series for everyone, like for example, if you’re not interested in talking about birth!Hey, if you’re still here, I have a few articles to get you started understanding birth in Brazil.  This one is great to just know the facts about maternal mortality in my state. 2 coming soon… -Lindsay PS A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED TO OUR GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN SO FAR!! LET'S KEEP GOING![...]

Lindsay and Mercia go...fundme + BONUS Birthing in Brazil Because it's my Birthday!


(Lindsay here)

First of all,
did you see that serious alliteration in the title?

Yeah, that's reason enough to talk about birth on your birthday.

Anyway, You might have noticed that I have been spamming social media with my pleas for help with a special gofundme project! I am super excited (really, very, very excited!) to be taking an amazing class with a dear friend, Mercia (Pastor Flavio's wife), but we can't do it without your help! This short video has some info!

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About the course: CEFAPP EDUCADORAS PERINATAL (in Portuguese)
About the gofundme thing: Lindsay and Mercia go to class!

BONUS (Birthing in Brazil Because it's my Birthday!)

During the next few weeks, I will be doing a series here with my take on Birthing in (Northeast) Brazil. I have been sitting on some stuff I have written for... um, years. It finally seems like a good time to talk about things that are deep down and precious to my heart.

 It's fascinating stuff, if you're into that sort of thing. If not, feel free to ignore the next 4-5 posts. Seriously. We aren't going to turn this blog into some crazy (awesome) birth blog. If I need to do that I'll start a new blog. Ha!

So, I know that this is more posts than we do most YEARS, but since this topic is so dear to my heart, Jeff and I feel like this is a better platform for discussion than Facebook, Twitter, etc.


Check out that awesome graphic our friend, Diana Deli made me for this (with like one day's notice!!). She is a new missionary through World Renewal Brazil! She teaches English and art at the school, saves our lives making amazing DIY decorations for school/church events, and is an amazing person with whom to get coffee! She is back home in Hungary right now raising funds to come back! Support her, too! 

by Lindsay Turner (not Jeff, like it says below)

Some really spectacular advice for the young people of the world


I have some really spectacular advice for the young people of the world. Missionaries, wanderlusters, and the like. Don’t travel! Don’t go! DON’T DO  IT! Everything will change. You will start to care about people in a new place. And then life will be terrible. Yup, TERRIBLEFOREVERbecause you will never be able to “uncare” for those people again. So, no big deal, you say. Oh no, no, no, deary. You see, if you leave you will miss them. A LOT. Especially if you don’t know when you will go back. Okay, so stay. Nope. That won’t do either. Because people are everywhere. You have people you love back home. Or in your passport country. Or whatever you call it. Family, friends. So that won’t do either. And the days will come when your best friend gets married. Then, your sister has a baby. And your brother’s wife has a baby. Where? You know, there. Not here. But then your new friends get married. Here. Not there. And babies. And weddings. And parties. And funerals. And birthdays. And Christmas. AND EVERY DAY. Here and there and here and there. But yes, the big events are hard. But the worst part. The most difficult days?The “everydays.” All of the days that you aren't there for the little things. Not living life with ALL of the ones you love. And then one day your friend will have a baby. Here. And a friend will die. There. And you know that it's too late. You have people here and you have people there. And you will never live life with ALL the ones you love in one place. So, don’t go, sweetie. Don’t go. * *This is based on a conversation I had with a good friend, Emily Taylor, who used to work in the mission field with us a while ago. It’s meant to be tongue in cheek, you know. It’s been an emotional day! I think I felt all the emotions today. I love where God has taken us and don’t regret being here, of course. But my friends, count well the cost, Lord knows it’s not easy to try to live life in two places. [...]

Merry Christmas!


Hello Friends! Merry Christmas! 2014 was a busy, busy year. We had so much transition that it’s felt like our 2014 was really 15 months long! So we’ll start way back 15 months ago, back in November 2013.  Here was our 2014:  November 2013 Stefan was born November 4, 2013 (at 9 lbs!), arriving two weeks after Lindsay’s EDD and two weeks before we hopped on a plane to the US.  While most people rest at home after having a baby, we ran around Recife in a car with no air conditioning during an early Brazilian summer heatwave. We had a lot of documents to get together before traveling with our newborn and three year old.  Should you have a baby and then jump on an airplane for international travel? No, no you should not, but we did it and lived to tell the tale. It was all worth it when we settled in to be pampered by family and friends back in the US for the holidays! December 2013 Then, it got cold: ridiculously, absurdly, cold. Remember last year’s winter? Of course you do. Well, that was Jeff’s first winter in five years. Yup, we came back to Indiana for furlough during the worst winter EVER. We joked that he was making up for five missed winters all at once. Being stuck indoors really helped us to slow down and rest (ha!).  We had so much fun running around making ourselves exhausted visiting family and friends. We were able to visit most of our supporters/friends around Indianapolis (well… after it warmed up, at least by springtime) and worship again with the Mosaic and Brookville Road Community Church.  January 2014 It’s hard for us to believe that we hadn’t spent much time in the US since 2008. While back in the US we had goals of rest, reflection, and renewal.  We had some time for personal development, too. Jeff started studying for a Cloud computing certification, while Lindsay looked forward to a springtime Community Health Evangelism training. We also benefited from counseling with a close pastor friend of Jeff’s sister. We didn’t have an official debriefing, so it was much needed and very helpful.  February 2014 We first lived with Jeff’s parents for a few months and then Jeff’s sister and her family. It was cramped living, but such a blessing to be able to be a part of our family’s daily lives. We had so much fun living on the East Side with Jeff’s parents and within 5 minutes drive of some close friends. Then, we had just as much fun living with Jeff’s sister in Fountain Square where we enjoyed being within walking distance to a lot of fun restaurants and venues. The best part was that we were still about 10 minutes from Lindsay’s folks at either location!  March 2014 Winter dragged on, but we found plenty to do.  Melody really enjoyed playing in the snow, playing with cousins, and developed a typical toddler addiction to Ranch dip!We took a road trip with Lindsay’s parents to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Melody loved spending time with Grammy and Papa! Stefan was already sitting up, rolling over, and watching his sister have lots of fun by this point! He was quick to want to keep up with her! April 2014 A major highlight of our furlough was the prayer and vision meeting we had with family and supporters. We know there is so much we could be doing in Brazil, but nothing we could do really will make a difference if it’s not God’s will for us! God really impressed that idea upon us. So much of what we were studying at the different churches we visited (and in our personal devotional times) focused on waiting on God, listening to what He wants us to do, and then make plans.  We had some struggles with burn out over the years because we hadn’t listened to God before proceeding with our own great ideas. For our meeting we wrote lists of what we could do for God in Brazil: everything we have ever done and everything we wanted to be doing. Then we prayed and talked wit[...]

Why I am not going to the P.O.D. concert this Saturday (being a missionary at age 30)


P.O.D. was my favorite band in high school. I first heard them went to the Icthus music festival in Kentucky.  They stood out to me right away, with their reggae-rock blend and their attitude about what it meant to be Christians in a band.  They didn't want a Christian record label, but wanted to be able to tour with hardcore secular rock groups like Korn and Ozzy Ozbourne. In doing this they have been able to be an amazing influence on their fans and tour companions (Doctor Who nerd here) even to the point of helping win over members of Korn to Christ. This interview shows why I like Sonny the lead singer so much.(  
Songs like "Without Jah, Nothin" (featuring H.R.) and "Strength of My Life" (featuring Matisyahu)” have really spoke to me in my prayer times. While songs like “Boom” and “Lights Out” just get you pumped up and are so much fun!
                Now, it has been about 15 years since I started listening to them and I will still buy any new albums that come out, but what does it look like when you are a missionary in a foreign country and your favorite band comes to town?  It is the end of the month and we just reconciled our budget.  Although we could, pull a little extra recreational money from here and there, there is technically no more money left in our "entertainment" envelope.
               But I had made plans to go with friends from the Pauldalho church. Suddenly, they can't go. Why? Because it is the anniversary program for the church this Saturday. They chose to be responsible and support their church over going to the concert for fun, which is very awesome to see. Now, where does that leave me?
Being 30, a dad, and a missionary (or as they call it everywhere, maturing) changes your outlook on life. If I was still in high school I would jump for the chance to go to the concert, now I get an uneasy feeling about if it is the right thing to do.  Once issues (money and no friends going) happened the feeling got stronger. Is it right for a missionary to go to a concert for pure entertainment? Absolutely! But perhaps just not this time. 

Why even write about this? It is not a big deal, it is not a life changing decision. I wanted to somehow still show my support for P.O.D. as a band.
Keep on representing Jah and showing the world love.
Warrior Jeff

9 things we missed while away from Brazil


Jeff and I enjoyed our time in the US immensely, but there were just a few items that made us homesick for the country where our children were born. 9 things we missed while away from Brazil:1.  Warmth! Jeff and I survived the Snowmageddon (aka - Snowpocolypse or SnOMG) winter 2013/2014. We made it. We laughed constantly about how God chose THAT winter for us­ to come back to the US. Shesh. I mean really, why did we have to suffer that horrible winter?! So in the end, we felt like great warriors who triumphed over... boredom? 2. My sweet neighbors! We have the three best neighbors on the planet: Pastor Ricardo (Kattia & 2 awesome kiddos), Pastor Assuerio (Miriam & 2 awesome kiddos), and Pastor Anselmo (Carmem & 2 awesome kiddos). Hmmm, notice a trend? All of our neighbors are pastors and all have two kids. Wait... and all of us have a boy and a girl. Eerie... well, we're missionaries, not pastors... so yeah , it's not that much like a commune...  3. Dear sweet friends! We have great friends who we missed dearly! Lots of ministry people, lots of special times we've had! Lots of inside jokes that we tried to explain to people in the US that didn't make a lick of sense. Flirates. Bungalow.  Monocle. See you tomorrow. 4. Fruit! Mangos, pinapples, guava, graviola, pina, shall I go on?5. The mosquitoes! Ha! Just kidding! For real though, nature. So beautiful here. Watching the horizon at sunset turn from blue, to orange, to pink, to gray over the tops of palm trees as swallows and sparrows dart across the sky. I actually have no idea what kind of birds they are, but they sure are pretty. And from all the swooping they do, it looks like they're destroying the mosquito population. 6. People offering to help when I'm out with the kids alone! Seriously. One of the best things about living in Brazil. Strangers aren't worried about offending me because I might be that doon't-you-dare-help-me-I'm-perfect-I-can-do-it-all-my-self-mom. When I am out juggling the shopping cart, a screaming 3 year-old, and a 7 month-old strangers help. Every. Single. Time.  They might push the cart for a second. Try to talk to my whiny little darling. Or a store clerk (who I've seen dozens of times) might offer to hold my baby.  It's nice. 7. The strangers I see smile at me! Maybe it's because I walk around with two of the cutest little kids ever, but I prefer to think it's because eye contact between two people warrants a smile. 8. My bed. my couch. my table. my rocking chair. my hammock. A bit materialistic, but you get the point, right?  When you go without something like your own home for a while, the gratitude you have to God when you return (and finally settle back in) just explodes out of your heart. :) 9. Watching God work in amazing ways! Have you heard us say that God's work is ON FIRE in Northeastern Brazil? Because, dude (may I call you dude?), it is like God is setting the hillsides of people's hearts on fire like sugar cane in harvest season...( okay that metaphor might not translate... to anyone... what I'm trying to say is that God is moving in amazing ways in Brazil and I can see it.  It's powerful and amazing, just being present to witness what He does is a gift. I love hearing about the sports ministry stories of our Athletes in Action friends,  who got saved at church,  what God is doing with the school, the Living Stones Ministry, and in the lives of those around me.[...]



We had an amazing time in the US with friends and family. Our furlough goals of rest, relaxation, and renewal were accomplished! Check, check, check. To ensure that we would really stay inside and take it easy God orchestrated the worst winter in the history of Indiana. It was our first winter in 5 years! It  made up for lost time in no time at all!
Our top 5 highlights:

1. Spending time with family. Before we went to the US we decided we would spend our time between Jeff's parents house (the first 2 1/2 months) and Jeff's sister's house (the last 2 1/2). We had so much fun with all of them, but wanted to make sure to spend lots of time with my parents too! We took a trip to Tennessee with them and also to my family farm in La Grange, Indiana. Yeesh, not to mention getting together with extended family! It was great!

2. Spending time with friends. We decided to continue our Brazil Taco Tuesday ritual with some of our friends in the States! It was so much fun to have choices and variety that we don't get in Brazil and to spend time with friends we don't get to see! We went on outings to parks (when the weather got better), the Children's museum, and just visited at their homes! It was fantastic to spend time with so many people!

3. I (Lindsay) went to an AMAZING training program called Community Health Evangelism (CHE)! It absolutely blew my mind! If you have talked with me for more than 10 minutes since I went, I have probably tried to convince you to take the training too. Seriously, the most revolutionary stuff going on in missions right now! - check it out!

4. Date nights! Grandparents (and friends/family) are amazing! It was so nice to ship the kids off to people who really want them. I know our friends here love them too, but there is ZERO guilt involved when their at your parents' house. Jeff and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary knowing that Melody was in great hands and had lots of other fun date nights exploring Indianapolis!

5. Spending time with Godly, amazing people in their Church homes. BRCC and the Mosaic (and Christ Our Shepherd!) are filled with some of the most encouraging Godly people we know. We got to go to small groups, parties, lunches, etc with a lot of these great people. We really could have included this number five under number one or two since most of those folks are our family and friends. We also wanted to especially mention the great counseling we got through another family friend. It was just the debriefing and thoughtful guidance we needed to hear!
God is amazing and provides just what we need when we need it. The only thing that we hated, was saying good-bye, of course! 

We had fun, but it's so good to be home. You know that feeling you get when you have been away for five months and you finally collapse into your own bed in your own home? No? Well, believe-you-me, it's great.  ...

Help Needed


Three areas we could use some help with right now - First: School     Calling all education professionals, retirees, and elementary education college students!  I'm having a baby in October so that means, we need you! Jeff and I are also prayerfully planning a 5 month furlough in the States (November through April) which leaves the International School with even more positions available!  The International School of Carpina is looking for teachers (English as your first language) to start at the end of January 2013. We need teachers for preschool (2-3 year-olds) and computer classes (1st grade - 9th grade). The school is Christian school with approximately 135 students (2 years - 9th grade) that offers English every day of the week.       The school needs teachers with a missions mindset who can teach EFL (English as a foreign language) or computers. The school prefers teachers who have education degrees, but we work with a variety of situations. Please pray, tell others, and fill out an application! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email, contact us on facebook, or leave a comment here!Herding kids is a great time! Second: Pray for our Furlough Please pray that we make the most of our furlough! Since I'm (Lindsay) is on maternity leave from the school anyway we decided that we should take this chance to reconnect with our friends and family in the US.  We have our tickets to the US for November 20th to April 30th. We plan to spend the holidays with family and then have an Open House sometime in early January to meet up with the bazillion people we want to see! Jeff, prayerfully Lindsay & kids too, will be making visits to churches, supporters, Bible Study groups, and friends starting at the end of January.  If you want us to visit you or have us speak at your church/Bible study/whatever please email Jeff at!  We are asking for prayer for spiritual renewal, rest, new training opportunities, and reconnection to those we love (that's probably you!). We know many missionary friends who come back from furlough more exhausted and burnt out than when they left. We are seeking God's help with balance! We look forward to seeing everyone, but until after the holidays we are focusing on family! If you want to stop by and visit us before our Open House (and we hope you do), we'll be at Jeff's parent's house on the east-side of Indy! Third: Winter Clothes Guess what? You don't need a lot of warm clothing for Northeastern Brazil. On the other hand, I hear that Indiana gets pretty cold in the winter. Ha ha.    If you have some extra winter stuff laying around we would love to take it off your hands for the season! It would help us TREMENDOUSLY not to have to spend a fortune on winter clothing that we won't need after this season.  If you write your name on the tag we can return it to you in April! Here's some of our biggest needs in this area:Jeff (men's size small)  a pair of boots, a coat, long johns, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, etc.   Lindsay (women's small/medium) a pair of boots, a coat, long johns, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, scarf, hats, etc. Melody (age 2 1/2 - size 24 months - she's pretty petite)  warm shoes/boots (she lives in flip flops and sandals here), a coat, long johns, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, scarf, hats, footie pajamas, snow suit, etc.Baby Boy (newborn - due date October 18)He needs anything a newborn to 6 month old baby boy needs in the winter/early spring! warm baby blankets, baby shoes or socks, baby winter clothes, footie pajamas, sleep sacks, a coat or whatever sort of sweat sack thing babies wear outside in the winter, warm hats, etc. I'[...]

Oh! Boy!


We found out on 6/10 that we are having a boy! Like they say here in Brazil: We will have a little "couple" (Casal). Which basically means one boy and one girl. 
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Now the name game begins. Like before we are looking for a good name that will work in both Portuguese and English.

Furlough/Home Assignment/Whatcha-call-it?


     We've been serving on and off in Brazil for nearly 7 years now. It's incredible how that feels like forever and hardly at all at the same time. It's been confusing to keep up with, even for us, so here's a rundown of where we've been during our nearly 9 1/2 year marriage. December 2003 - Jeff and Lindsay get married and settle into married life in IndianaJune 2006 - We go to Brazil for the first time on tourist visasNovember 2006 - We return to the US after a 6 month stay and begin the process of applying for a work visas2007 - We spend all of 2007 in the US waiting for work visas to return to BrazilFebruary 2008  - We decide to return to Brazil on tourist visas again (meaning we can only stay for another 6 months)July 2008 - We return to the US after our 6 months are up againSeptember 2008 - Our work visas are finally approved!December 2008 - We pick up our visas in Argentina and head to BrazilJune 2008 - Lindsay takes an trip back to the US due to a family emergency  Early August 2008- Jeff joins Lindsay in the US for a few weeks to attend his sister's weddingLate August 2008  - Back to BrazilMay 2011 - Melody Anabel is born in Recife, Pernambuco, BrazilNovember 2011 - Lindsay and Melody visit family in the USNovember 2012 - We receive permanent residency in Brazil, due to Melody being born in Brazil               It'll be 5 years since Jeff has been to the US and we are now prayerfully considering taking furlough/home assignment (whatever you want to call it) after our second child is born here in Brazil. We plan, Lord willing, to go to the US in either November or December 2013 and stay until May or June 2014.                 We are hoping this time will be a great time to reconnect with you, our friends and family, and receive some much needed spiritual renewal! If you want to visit us or have us speak at your church/Bible study/whatever please email Jeff at - keep in mind we'll have a 1 month old with us so Lindsay's availability early on will be limited! Melody and Rebecca Soares being adorable on Easter[...]



Lindsay's pregnant again with baby number two due sometime around October 17.  Here's some thoughts she has on being pregnant this time: Pregnant     I don't like being pregnant. Don't get me wrong the end result is great, but the process is a pain. This time it's been insomnia, nausea, heartburn, other gastrointestinal problems, and the pre-baby blues that have kept me from sleeping and eating well.      It's so easy to focus on the problems instead of the exciting new person growing inside of me! I've been doing a James Bible Study and already it's been challenging! Right there in Chapter 1, verse 2, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." Shesh, James. Really? Pure joy? I bet you faced much worse trials than being uncomfortable and tired at 3 am.      True, it has been a bit of a trial to keep positive, but I have more reason than most to consider this trial "pure joy."  What scripture keeps you on track when you're having a difficult time?  [...]

What's up?


         Parent-teacher conferences are next week at the school, so it feels like we are already at some kind of juncture in 2013. It also, somehow,feels like 2013 has just begun. This year Jeff is continuing to teach all grades computer and design classes and I'm teaching the Nursery (2 year olds) group again. I've been freed up to help out with some of the older kids classes at the school too. I've been helping Jeff's uncle, Joe Turner, who is here with is wife for the semester some and also in the 3rd grade English class. In the afternoons I get to stay home with my precious nearly-two-year-old.         Outside of school I've been tutoring a few people in English and, of course, helping out with the children's and women's ministry at our church in Lagoa de Itaenga. Jeff continues to preach once a month at church, fix computers and help all ministry technology needs, work on special projects with his dad, and help lead Lagoa's youth ministry program.         Our church in Lagoa de Itaenga could really use a lot of prayers right now! There is so much going on. During the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays (while we're at school teaching) the church has started Music and English classes for public school kids (who attend school half days), with the help of Bob Fern who is here for 6 months. We have just started a major construction project to finish some classrooms at the church and also put a roof over our gymnasium so that it can be used even when it's rainy.  After we finish the roof we will kick- off our sports ministry outreach on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.         The town has been particularly difficult recently due to drug and gang violence.  Now more than ever the town needs outreaches to the youth.  Our church will be heading up a peace walk with other churches to pray for the community.   [...]

Merry Christmas from Brazil


The border of this picture has a quick synopsis of our year. Merry Christmas everybody!

Permanent Residency


We finally got our permanent residency! No more worrying about visa issues. Praise God!



Can't get away from all the political banter no matter where I look!
I think everyone in the US is complaining politics now, am I right?

Well, everyone in Brazil is talking about politics, too! And it's not even a presidential election here.
Here's a look at what local elections look like:

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Getting stuck in traffic is a pain, but it makes life interesting! Here are a few signs from around town, too.

To catch you up


Here's what's been going on in the past few months.Have you ever had to wait a long time for something? In the midst of waiting you may feel discouraged, bored, or just plain depressed. It can be frustrating waiting, but God is always there teaching. It's a time of highs and lows. You think your day is coming and then it doesn't. You hear news that everything is finally ready, just to learn that there is some new development. Then finally, FINALLY all that waiting pays off!We must be stubborn people, because it seems that God is still teaching us about patience! Visas, the car, the house, and so very many life events have taken more than the usual amount of time.  And we get frustrated, discouraged, bored,  and depressed. Then, when we just can't take it any more we cry out to God and he gives us peace. I am beginning to think that if we would just learn to cry out to God first we wouldn't have to go through such an emotional roller coaster. Imagine that! And after a good wait you are so much more grateful to God for the gifts he gives. So, we are finally settled in to our new home. The reforms are done and it looks great! We are so thankful for the beautiful house we have. For the first time in our marriage we are in a house not an apartment (or room at a relative's house!).  We are learning how to be responsible home owners and about how much time you have to put into care-taking! We have been able to house Jeff's parents in our guest room for the past two weeks and are looking forward to the next two weeks that they will spend with us. We also have a new seven passenger car to enjoy! It is not the same make that we were looking at before, instead we purchased a Nissan Grande Livinia. It's been such a blessing to the ministry already! Jeff was able to help transport the American group that was here last week and we have been able to give more people rides to church because of it, too. With such a big car (for our area) we find ourselves asking all the time, who can we give a ride to today? The last few weeks (really month!) of school was extremely busy for Lindsay with grades, evaluations, an end of semester program, and English Camp! We had a great semester and a wonderful wrap up program through the English Camp (a VBS program for the school where we focus on encouraging the students to make a decision to live for Christ). We started off with an intern through World Renewal from the US in February and ended with two exchange teachers from Canada and the United States through a secular teacher exchange program.  Since our dear friend Emily Taylor returned Stateside we have worked hard to cover her many roles of volunteer communication and coordination, English teaching and outreach, and so much more!  Here's what's on the board for next semester and how you can pray for us:Teaching: Lindsay teaching Nursery (2's) as their main teacher and the first grade English class at the school. Jeff continuing to teach communication and technology classes at the school. Both Jeff and Lindsay teaching English classes at church in Lagoa de Itaenga. Please pray that we will be bold witnesses to our students in both what we say and how we act.  Pray as we revamp our English classes at church. We have had a significant drop in attendance. Pray that we learn how to best serve our community in this way. Outreach: Lindsay is beginning to work with Rachel Winzler and a church in Carpina to help with an outreach called Massa Humana that reaches out to families who live in the trash dump in town. She also helps [...]

Almost there?


We have been in a weird waiting status. I feel like this is 2007 all over again for us, where we were just waiting for our visa to come through and thought we would leave for Brazil at any moment. Now we have been waiting to move into our house and are ready to move at any moment.

So there is still no electricity. It has been since early February that we first asked the electricity company to hook up our power but because it is a new road they had to get a project to put in two new posts in. Which meant doing the assessment then sending it to their main office to get approved, then sending the material, then assigning a work crew and date.

Well the good news is we have a potential date that they will come, the bad news is it is anywhere between May 8th and May 18th and it will take 3 days once they come. First we wanted to be in the house before Easter, now we wanted to be in the house before Melody's one year birthday which is May 18th. I am thinking this will not happen.

God's timing is perfect. From our 2007 experience we learned why God wanted us to stay in the US, mainly being there for friends in distress. So, it seems that there is a reason why we are not in our house yet. I know the longer we wait the closer it will be to when Ricardo and Family might be able to move into their house next door. It is coming along nicely and the workers have even started on Pastor Assuerio's house next door to Ricardos'.

House, Car, Life


It is pretty sad when you are giving blogging assignments in your class when you neglect your own blog. I know that the way of social blogs and such is basically being changed to Facebook. I guess everybody wants instant information. We now need to know what is going on less than a minute after it happens. I can't say I don't want the same thing sometimes, but sometimes you lose track of what someone is doing when you just hear all the small details.HOUSE If you have not heard or noticed all of the house pictures on Facebook then...  WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! In November...And are still not living in it yet. So we decided to do some improvement to the house before we moved in and well, everything takes a long time in Brazil. We are getting very close to be finished except that the closer we get the more I find other things that need fixed and/or changed. For example water is not getting to the showers because of the way the pipes were put in the house, so now we need to change of bunch of the pipes in the house to get the water pressure we need. I have put up a lot of pictures on Facebook about each step that we have done but here is a quick (haha) list of the improvements we have made in the last month:Loft on top of the kitchen areaCut the kitchen divider down and put on a granite counter topChange the location of the back sink and did the piping for the laundry machinePut in more outlets in about every roomMade the outside walls around the property taller on 2 sides and put in bars on the wallsPut in Bars on all the windows and doorsPut in the back service area barsAdded a roofed garage (open on two sides)Made a sidewalkWhat we are currently working on:Stairs to go up to the loft areaPutting this plaster stuff on the walls to make them smooth before we paintWhat we still need to do:Paint EVERYTHINGChange the garage entrance to make it easier to get in and out ofChange the water pipes so that our showers workClean up everythingMOVE INCARWe bought a 2005 Fiat Palio 1.8L HLX a year after we moved here with our Work Visa. It has been a  very good car for us but Brazil driving and Brazilian roads have taken their toll on the car. I have never been very good at car care outside of oil changes and making sure gas is in the car, so that has meant a few things that need fixed have turned into a lot of things that need fixed. Mostly minor stuff like grills for the fog lights and a new trunk cap thingy (hatchback car). But, now we are thinking of selling the car and it needs to be in better shape to do so. We are also praying about buying a 7 passenger vehicle next. We are looking at the Fiat Dobló. A few of our friends heard we were looking for the Dobló and did all the leg work for us. They found a 2009 1.8L Adventure Dobló for us at a very good price (for Brazil and for the year of the car). We were not thinking of buying the new car/van so soon but now with such a nice one and good price we might go ahead and buy it. So we need prayer about this and prayer that we can fix our Palio to get a good price for it as well. Fiat Dobló AdventureLIFEMelody is growing like crazy. We really wanted to get moved into the house before she started crawling and getting into things but that did not happen and she is crawling all over the place, plus she is pulling herself up to a standing position to play. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">It is so cool and weird to see her grow so much. I guess after her being a lit[...]

New House Video


We are very excited to own a house in Brazil. This is a short tour video of our house before we have a few more things done to it.

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Our Printed Christmas letter in Digital form


Most of you are able to keep up with us on Facebook, Skype, email, or our blog, but if your Amish or “unsubscribed” to our status updates: we had a baby! It’s kind of a big deal--you know--our first kid. Melody Anabel Cart Turner was born on May 18th, 2011.  We’re quite certain 90% of all conversations in the past 6 months have contained at least one of the following words: baby, sleep, awwwwweee, or poop.  The first 4 months were crazy difficult (we thank God for all the help we had imported: Lindsay’s mom, Jeff’s sister, Jeff’s parents), but we feel so blessed to have her in our lives. It’s exciting to learn all about how to be Godly parents! Melody was born here in Brazil which means she has all the rights of a Brazilian citizen. Before she was born we called her our “little visa baby” (aka, anchor baby). Since she is a Brazilian she has the right to grow up in Brazil, meaning we get to apply for a permanent visa.  We filled out all the paperwork and are waiting for the federal police to do a home visit (to make sure that we're telling the truth).  Her birth was very timely, since we were just denied a renewal for our work visas. Many of you remember how much prayer has gone into our visa situation. It has been difficult to get visas over the years and we thank God that we may finally be at the end of dealing with all that.Since it looks like we've got the visa under wraps, we have prayerfully decided that it’s time to move out of our apartment. It has been a great place to live, but with no windows to the outside sometimes we feel like we live in a cave.  We are near closing on a house in a neighborhood next to the International School.  It’s small by US standards, but just perfect for us. We hope to close on the house here in the next few weeks!Our day to day hasn’t changed much. Jeff still teaches at the International School and does communication for churches back in the US.  He's also a great dad. Melody loves spending time with him.  She lights up whenever he comes in the room! Lindsay will return to teaching part-time when the new school year starts in January.  We both still teach English classes and help with other ministries at our church in Lagoa de Itaenga. 2011 wasn’t all high points for us though, Jeff lost his last two living grandparents and we have had some struggles learning what it means to be new parents in a different culture. Overall we feel blessed, but stretched, taught, and disciplined, too! Isn’t that just how life should be? We hope that God has blessed, stretched, taught, and disciplined you in 2011, too! And we pray that he will do the same next year! Merry Christmas, everybody!Jeff, Lindsay, and Melody[...]

Permanent Visa time


It has been a long time coming and it is nice to look back and see that God has always had everything under control.
We found out 8 days ago that our work visa (which was in process to be renewed) was denied. It took them 10 months to review it and decide that they were going to deny the renewal. 4 months ago Melody was born in Brazil and automatically became a Brazilian citizen. So when we got the official telegram in the mail saying we had 15 days to do something about our work visa, we got on the ball and got all our paperwork together to get our permanent visa. Basically there is a law in Brazil that says a baby born in Brazil has the right to grow up in Brazil. Since she can't just hang out in Brazil by herself, her parents are granted permanent visas.

The paperwork was a bit confusing at first, but after a quick visit to the Federal Police office we figured everything out. Two trips to Recife later and it looks like everything is turned in. Now, to wait again. Hopefully this time it will be less than 10 months!

From Melody Anabel Cart Turner

Big News!


Okay?Okay?You want to hear the big news?!Yeah, do ya??DO YA?!We’re pr…-oud to announce an exciting event!Cheap trick, I know, but I really am SUPER excited about some upcoming events!First, October 1st will be a Huge-Blow-Out-Awesome-Fundraiser for our pastor Ricardo and his family.  Here’s some background (to let you know what a great guy our pastor is and what’s up with the situation):Ricardo and Jeff have known each other since Jeff was 9 years old and interned with him for three months in 2003. Ricardo is like a brother to Jeff and we probably wouldn't still be in Brazil if it wasn't for their support and encouragement.Ricardo has been to the U.S. three times before this, but never with his wife and two kids.In August, Ricardo, Kattia, and the kids were denied tourist visas to visit the U.S., and were told that they don’t make enough money or have enough financial investments in Brazil (like a house) to be approved for visas.Ricardo is a church planting pastor who relies on financial support from the U.S. and Brazilian churches. The trip planned was to help raise more support for his family.Since they won’t be able to make the trip this year, we would like to encourage them by gathering support so that next year when they apply for visas they will be approved. This SUPER EXCITING event will also be the ONLY Indianapolis open house for the director of our ministry, Tele Moraes, while he’s visiting the U.S. in October.  Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren 857 N State Rd 135 Greenwood, IN  46142 (phone # 882-0902)October 1 at 7PM There will be:Yummy, yummy chiliBake sale itemsRafflesExclusive videos and interviews of Ricardo’s family & others!A silent auction and other fun things for the whole family!  If you are incline to cook great chili or would like to offer other items for the silent auction call Jan Miller at 514-3899 to let her know what you would like to contribute!The second SUPER EXCITING event will be November 17th-December 4th! Lindsay and Melody will be returning to the U.S. for a visit with family and friends. Let us know ASAP if you want to get together with the ladies for a visit![...]