Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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 jeffroyturner@gmail.com! 

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'm extremely blessed and have never had to buy seasonally for a newborn. We only ever had to use one warm blanket for Melody here so I'm pretty lost on what we will need! So even if you aren't able to help out with our crazy-huge request, I would love some advice on what a baby REALLY needs in the winter!
Thanks everyone in advance for the prayers! We are really looking forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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. 

Now the name game begins. Like before we are looking for a good name that will work in both Portuguese and English.

Friday, May 03, 2013

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 Indiana
June 2006 - We go to Brazil for the first time on tourist visas
November 2006 - We return to the US after a 6 month stay and begin the process of applying for a work visas
2007 - We spend all of 2007 in the US waiting for work visas to return to Brazil
February 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 again
September 2008 - Our work visas are finally approved!
December 2008 - We pick up our visas in Argentina and head to Brazil
June 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 wedding
Late August 2008  - Back to Brazil
May 2011 - Melody Anabel is born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
November 2011 - Lindsay and Melody visit family in the US
November 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 jeffroyturner@gmail.com - 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

Thursday, May 02, 2013


Lindsay's pregnant again with baby number two due sometime around October 17.  Here's some thoughts she has on being pregnant this time:

     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?