Monday, December 18, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
What a trip! Thank you to all who allowed Tele to come to your church or home. It was a great time of fellowship with each one of you. Tele is safe back home and sends his love to all. December 2-12 a group of Americans will be with Tele to give Christmas gifts to the Living Stones children. Again thanks to all who made this possible. Please pray for the group- that God will use them to reach kids and adults for Christ.
Keep praying for Lindsay & Jeff Turner’s visa to go through, they plan to return to
The summer trips will be coming up soon! June 30-July 7 for the medical trip and July 12-26 for the English/Construction trip. If you did not get the information package about the trip and want to go, call or email Steven Turner cell phone 317 840 1270 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
We were at Community Church of Southport over the weekend participating in their missions conference. On Saturday they had a "Taste of Brazil" and Sunday we joined them for their worship service. They did an amazing job of decorating and set out samples of traditional Brazilian food! Everything looked and tasted great! The atmosphere was so Brazilian that it really made us feel at home!
Please keep Tele & Sundar in prayer as they travel to Kansas for five days this week.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Lindsay and Jeff Turner are working hard on the Fall Newsletter and various brochures. We don't want to give too much of the Newsletter away. Here are some quick updates.
Lagoa de Itaenga is now and official Church!
This is the outreach that Ricardo Silvia has been involved with since the youth in his Church asked to start witnessing to this town in 2003. (More about this in the Newsletter)
(David Moraes is writing an article about Children's Day for the Newsletter)
Cafe Impresso gets new tables and chairs!After a long time with boring chairs and tables from the Bible College, the Cafe Impresso has its own new stone tables with black stylish chairs. The Cafe also now has paid full time staff.
Now, here is the best part! The Cafe is trying to get a franchise such as Laça Burger (real steakburgers) to sell burgers at the Cafe. This would be a great boast to this business and bring in a lot more money for the Ministry. Carpina doesn't currently have any hamburger restarants.
God is good and has continued to bless this Ministry!
Watch for the Fall Brazil Broadcast!!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I had migraines every so often and my digestion felt like it was "off." I kept getting worse over the weeks and went to the emergency room in
What did the doctors do?
The doctors performed a laparoscopy on me. They removed my gall bladder and four gallstones, one as big as two marbles put together. I was in the hospital for around 24 hours total. I stayed in Recife for another week to recover more.
Did anything unusual happen?
The doctors were surprised that I didn't have any of the typical symptoms. I didn't have a fever, intense pain, or a high white cell count. They only realized the need for the surgery after they saw my enlarged gall bladder on the ultrasound. Dr. Santos really took good care of me. A former student of his was going to operate on me, but Dr. Santos arraigned for a colleague who went to school with him to work on me instead.
The Lord really blessed! Now I feel great. I can eat anything and I have no migraines.
I want to thank our friends for their prayers and concern. I am excited to be coming in a few weeks and see many of you personally! I also want to make sure that everybody is invited to the Brazil reunion! ( see post right before this one)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Where:Steve and Ann Turner's house
9925 E 12th St
Indianapolis, IN 46229
Please RSVP!! (so that we know how much food to have.)
Come and find out about, latest happenings are in the Brazil ministry, the 2007 mission trips, and about how you can get involved more in this ministry.
If you would like to spend personal time with Tele or Jeff and Lindsay please call
(317) 840-1270 to set up a time to get together.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Roberto's Car is in the shop to be fixed and he has been sick this past weekend. He went to the Doctor today and is coming back to work at the print shop this afternoon. So, hopefully things will slowly get back to normal.
Lindsay and I are doing fine, but miss having Tele and Heather around and I am ready for things to become normal again. At least for a little while.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Please pray for the Moraes family and Tele's speedy recovery.
/EDIT Tele is having the surgery this afternoon.
He did have his Gall Bladder removed through lazer surgery. He had a bit of respiration problems afterward but is fine now and is out of the Hospital but still in Recife.
Some of Tele's kids were on their way back to the Alcance Brazil after visiting their father in the hospital when they got into a car accident. A tire came off the vehicle in front of them and hit their car. Everyone is fine and nobody even had a scratch on them. The car had some bad damage in the front but should be fixed. We are thanking God that the accident wasn't bad.
Monday, September 25, 2006
This widely Catholic community has not been easy to reach. This community’s perversion of the Gospel through Mary worship is a chief example of the atmosphere found in many Catholic towns across
Pastor Ricardo’s heart is undeniably in Lagoa de Itaenga. He is currently in the process of training up leadership to take over at the Community Church of Guadalajara. He and his wife hope to transition out of
Please pray for a woman in one of the small groups there. Her husband is abusive and has frequently put his family in financial and physical danger. He called to tell her that he will be returning from
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Thursday there was a
Guadalajara playing Carpina (blue)
The celebrations didn’t end there. On Monday, the city of
The Word of Life Emme group has been doing programs at the Community Churches this week. They were at Guadalajara and Paudalho the last two nights.
We had 22 decisions for Christ at Guadalajara!
Monday, September 04, 2006
Feliz. We are happy to be here. It is good to see friends and family again. We want to return to
How are you feeling about moving to Ameixas?
For us to move to Amexias is a big challenge, an exciting challenge though. We know that it is God’s will for us now.
My family feels the same. We are excited about moving to Ameixas. We are on the same page with things. We are looking forward to things getting quiet again [Assuiro’s family has been really busy since returning, they have had a lot of appointments and dinners to keep].
What are your hopes for the future of the
We have a big opportunity to get close to people. Never before has a pastor moved to Ameixas to minister [pastor’s have generally just traveled there on weekends]. We are not important people, but I feel that the church will grow because God will bring people. We don’t know how long God wants us there; God may want more time. We feel like God will really use us to make a big difference.
What are your hopes for a future in
We don’t know where God wants us - maybe
How is your family reacting to traveling and moving so much?
My kids are good kids. After being in
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Here we are. September is around the corner and the summer holidays are literally over. Down in
The highlight for our pastors and elders was the Leaders Conference with Pastor Hubert Nolen from
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
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World Renewal International
Earmark for Pastor Assuerio
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Last Sunday there were several visitors, including a family that hadn’t stepped foot in a church in a very long time. The woman’s father was a protestant pastor and her husband grew up Catholic. When they got married they stopped attending any kind of church. Now that they have children, they want a change. They said we don’t have a church, or a religion, and we don’t want that for our children.
They got very excited about the church. They were both interested in the school and the outreach of the food baskets that the church gives to the poor in the community. The husband already wants to tell everyone he knows about the ministry. The husband, a well-known businessman in the area, said I’ll advertise for you, you need to get the word out about your church!
Friday, August 04, 2006
Young and old together
People all so real
Loving one another
Living what life is
Time goes very slow
Under cloud of rain
Or under heat we know
With no complaint of pain
Living as only one
Giving waters of life
That only Brazilians found
In one who ends all strife
Living life in Him in brazil
My experience in
Monday, July 31, 2006
We had such an awesome time! I’ve never experienced so many people come to the Lord in one place at one time. The Lord worked through all of us in a mighty way.
Also, one of the last days we went to this amazing restaurant – Ponteio – an all you an eat buffet and they bring huge sticks of meat around. I ate a chicken heart and absolutely loved it. It is probably my new favorite meat. Oh and, Forrest, David, Josie, and I shared our desserts. We had this amazing papaya crème. Umm – delicious!
An experience that I’ll never forget: that is such an understatement. The beauty in the landscape, the people, and even the air you breathe is wonderful. I am so glad I got to come on this trip, share God’s Word, and meet new people. Thank you & God blessMary Nolen
This trip really showed me how God is the same God in the
Thanks to everybody that came on the Short-term trips this summer!!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wow! What a great time of ministry. Between the Youth Conference, English Camp, Basketball Camp, and construction, we are tired, but the Lord is good. He was with us every step of the way. It is so encouraging and exciting to be around and under the guidance and leadership of people such as Tele, Ricardo, Paul, and Hubert. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so evident in their lives and it is contagious. We are encouraged to go back to our community with no other purpose than to serve the Lord.
Royce & Shari Bryan
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender & compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving on another, and working together with one mind and one purpose.” (Philippians 2:1-2) I feel this goal was achieved during our time in
Because He Lives,
Saying Goodbye was really hard with time. We had made such great friends and had interacted with so many people that saying goodbye was very wet and very hard.
This trip was the most educational and most fun trip I have ever been on. When I left
Friday, July 21, 2006
(Originally written on 7-17-06)
As I reflect back on our time here there are so many moments that have served my heart well! On Tuesday night after everyone arrived from the States we gathered for a time of prayer and worship! In a couple of hours we poured from our hearts praise and worship! It was a God moment that touched all of us and prepared us to be used! Over the last three days I have been blessed seeing God use these youth – they have taught seminars, given testimonies, did mime, and led in worship! The things I have seen would make any pastor or parent proud.
Last Thursday I was so honored to do a Pastor’s Conference for the pastors, leaders, and some of their wives, of the Community Churches here. These men and women spent the day with open hearts waiting to see how to better serve in their churches. I love to tell stories about what God has done at BRCC over the last 23 years! I am so blessed to be a Pastor at BRCC and to be able to serve such a wonderful group of Christ-followers, and to talk about the wonderful things God has done. There hearts were challenged to believe God to do in them what He has done for us! IT is not secret I have a soft spot in my heart for these honorable servants! It is my prayer that something I shared would help them to stay faithful in the difficult moments of ministry.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Our recent trip to
During the clinic we averaged 200 patients per day. The chief problems we treated were intestinal parasites, skin conditions (fungus, scabies, lice), high blood pressure, arthritis, anemia, allergies, respiratory infections, and ear infections in children. Even though our conditions were primitive, the people we saw were extremely grateful, and in fact, many of them were downright incredulous when told that they could pick up their medicines next door in the pharmacy. (“But I don’t have any money.”) Seeing the smile on these families’ faces as they walked backed from the pharmacy was priceless. They would wave to me, smiling for the first time. They just hadn’t believed when I was talking to them that I was really there only to love them.
Another very pleasant aspect of this clinic was working with a wonderful group of young people who worked tirelessly to keep the clinic flowing smoothly: obtaining vital signs and weights, directing patients to the next station, and in their spare time, mixing with the crowds and sharing Jesus’ love with them, giving the Brazilian young people a chance to practice their English. Daria (an LPN) and Hannah (a pre-med student at Taylor U. Picture to the Right) spent most of their time in the clinic with me, learning the very different approach to mission clinic medicine. By the last day, they both were able to evaluate patients and recommend treatment! I pray they’ll both be serving Jesus on the mission field in the future!
The last day of clinic was a real challenge for all of us: The Big Dump. That’s the name of the community. 43 families living in unspeakable poverty and squalor. Flies so thick you dared not keep your mouth open for long. But you dared not breathe through your nose for the stench. Needless to say, the sense of truly giving as Christ gave to us was much greater at the end of that clinic day. These folks had never seen a doctor or received any medical care whatsoever. There were no old folks at the dump: we treated almost no arthritis, mostly worms, infections, scabies, and lice. In a sense it seemed like a waste of time, since they would return to the same conditions that caused their problems in the first place. Situations such as these are beyond our understanding, but the people were treated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both in word and action, and appreciated it greatly.
What God will do with our efforts at Lagoa de I’taenga and the Big Dump is not yet known, but I can say confidently that we who went will never be the same. The opportunity to experience God’s strength in our weakness is no greater than on the mission field. Here in the States I have the illusion that I am in control and make things happen through advanced training and technology. On the mission field that silly illusion is stripped away, sometimes very uncomfortably, but always with great satisfaction in the end.
A great THANK YOU! To all who joined me in
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Post By Kay Craig
Our first week is finished and boy! What a time we had!! As the Brazilian delegates began arriving a sense of excitement began to stir in me. This was the first day of the Youth Conference. All the days of preparing and praying was about to reveal itself.
My favorite parts were all the interaction… Worshiping together, playing games, eating, and getting to know each other. The
The Youth Conference kept up at a hurried pace. The
On Sunday evening it was our turn to go to their churches. We had the pleasure of seeing our friends again. They welcomed us with joy and warmth. With much laughter the familiar pattern of communicating through pantomime started all over again. It was great to see them all over again. Worshiping with them in their churches reminded me how heaven will be. Even if we never see them here on earth I know we will see them again.
What hope! So Exciting!