Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bibles for the Living Stones

From Living Stones Bible Christmas Handout 2009

All thanks to a young girl from Brookville Road Community Church who collected pennies throughout the year, the kids from the Living Stones project were given bibles today. Over $800 was raised for the purchase of these bibles.
If one young girl was able to do all of this with just pennies imagine what you can do also.

The kids send their love and thanks for everyone of you who pray and support the living stones project. You can read more about this project or give toward it at:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Evangelical Friends Church Partners with World Renewal Brazil

The following is part of the e-mail sent to President of World Renewal Intl Gary Wright from the Evangelical Friends Church.

Dear Gary,
"Let's go!"

That was both the spirit and the action of our EFC-ER World Mission Board just yesterday, as we enthusiastically endorsed the plan to plant Evangelical Friends "Day One" churches in Brazil, beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

We are budgeting to plant the first EFC - Brazil church and establish the infrastructure for more.

We are looking forward to all that God will do to extend His Kingdom in the lives of men, women and children in one - and many more- of those 400 towns that do not yet have an evangelical church.

We join in glad partnership with World Renewal in this step of faith - together, joining God and enjoying His life-saving grace, love and power to change lives.


(Frank and Tele, we are so grateful to work in partnership with you, brothers!)

Monday, November 02, 2009

Pastor Assuerio Naque raising money for africa.

Pastor Assuerio shares about his vison for going to Mozambique Africa where they also speak Portuguese.He wants to plant community churches there. You can watch the video at
Pleas prayerfully consider giving toward Assuerio to help him and his family get to Africa. You can donate  at our online shopping cart. Or visit for more information about Assuerio and how to support him.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Tele will be in the US

TELE LEFT TODAY. Make sure to go see him at the open houses!

 Come to one of the open houses for him.
Come hear what is going on in Brazil and visit Tele.

November 4th, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Northridge Friends Church
I-235 and 25th St North in Wichita, Kansas (316) 838-7724

November 7, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Brandywine Community
Church 1551 E New Rd Greenfield, IN 46140-7273

(317) 462-4777

November 14, at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Brookville Road Community Church 7480 West US 52 New Palestine, Indiana 46163 (317) 861-3880

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tele Talk

Tele Talk video is now up. watch below or go to
This time Tele Moraes talks about some of the ministry's partnerships.

In this second Tele Talk video he talks about all the exciting things that have happened in his family. Watch below or go to

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lagoa de Itaenga English class outreach

(Last Sunday the young girl Wildauwany was able to go to church because her parents let her. This is a huge answer to prayer. Keep praying that her parents will continue to let her come to church and church activities.)

Last semester the pastor of Lagoa de Itaenga pastor Ricardo Silva asked Jeff & Lindsay Turner to start an English class on Saturdays at the church.The class had about 20 people in it and we did not charge for them to come. We did however expect a lot from them and attendance was strict. Every 2 weeks we would also have a fun event evening similar to a youth group night. During those nights we would always present the gospel in some way either by a bible study or mini sermon or through a story. Jeff and Lindsay were able to develop a good relationship with the core group of the class. The core group was about 9 people that always came to every single event.

This is part of the core group that came and helped out for the July Short-term Medical trip.

While Jeff and Lindsay were in the US for Jeff’s sister’s wedding the young girl in the core group accepted Jesus into her heart. Her name is Wildauwany. Her parents have been reluctant to let her come to the English classes or the youth group nights. Her parents are very Catholic and don't like their kids going to a different church even for a class. She has been sneaking out sometimes to come to events at the church. Pastor Ricardo has talked to her parents and has been encouraging Wildauwany to obey her parents. Please pray that her parent's will start allowing her to come to class and to the youth group nights.

We are about to start English classes for this semester. We already have about 50 people and we are splitting them up into 3 different levels. Emily Taylor will join us this semester as the highest level teacher, Lindsay Turner will be teaching the intermediate level, and Ricardo along with the help of Jeff Turner will be teaching the beginner level.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

2009 Mission trip from the mouth of David Moraes

Please check out the link to hear and see what this years mission trip to Brazil was all about and how it impacted the people in Brazil. Straight from David Moraes (Tele's son).

Friday, July 17, 2009

English Camp/ Contruction 2009 trip

The English camp finished after 3 days today. There is just one more work day until the group gets to have a relaxing free day and then head back to the USA. You can check out the pictures at:
You can also read more about this trip from Rebecca & David Johnson at:

If anybody from the Medical trip would like to put up more of your picture please e-mail me at and I will give you the username and password for the Picasa website.

Please continue to pray for this group as they finish painting/making shelves for Tele's office and moving gravel to make the sidewalls of the miniature golf course tomorrow. They will travel back to the USA on Monday.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Medical trip 2009

The medical clinic came to a close today. They were able to do all 4 places this year and even with the heavy rain on Tuesday and the mud roads they had to drive through on Wednesday they managed to go to all 4 locations. You can check out some of the blogs at:
We have pooled a lot of our pictures together and you can view them at:

Friday, July 03, 2009

Short-term missions groups arrive

From Missions Groups 09

The first and second waves of missions groups have arrived. Kenny Smith along with Bill Swanson will start building cabinets and other various things tomorrow. Frank Penna is also with here and he will be helping with the construction and some of the seminars.
From Missions Groups 09

Charles Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Laura Hedrick, Leah Neeb, Joey Rogers, Andy Flink, Eli Parker, Lindsey Green, Kristin Lathrop, Collin Russell,Seth & Kari Bartal, and Judy Todd. will be helping with the Medical clinics that start on Monday. This weekend the group will be visiting several churches and participating in a few of the church services.
From Missions Groups 09

Please continue to pray for the mission trips and that God will use everyone in a mighty way.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hubert Nolen and Steve Turner back in the USA

The India trip is over. Pastor Hubert Nolen and Steve Turner have arrived safely back in the USA. Steve says "Take 1000 people put them in your house and you have an idea how crowded India is. 70% poor 20% middle class and 10% ruling class. Also trash everywhere."

From India 2
You can check out the pictures at :

From India 2

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Steve Turner and Pastor Hubert Nolen in India

From India

Please Pray for them while they are in India. Steve Turner will only be back in the USA for 6 days before he leaves for Brazil.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Pizza Fundraiser

From Tracunhaem Pizza fundraiser

The Community Church of Tracunhaem had a big pizza fundraiser this month. It was a huge success! They raised over R$1,000. A lot of different churches were attending and the music was provided by a baptist church from the town over. David Moraes was in charge of making the 100+ pizzas and Pastor Anselmo along with his wife were the hosts of the event. Thanks to everyone involved and let's hope they do this again.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

1st Annual Women's Conference

Today was the very first women's conference for the community churches of NE Brazil. There were women from all of the community churches attending. It was a big turn out and a very well organized and spirit lead conference.

Here's what Lindsay has to say on the event:
The conference started at 9am with a praise and worship time lead by a mix of women from various community churches. This was the first conference of it's kind for the women of Community Church Brazil. Four keynote speakers lectured on a verity of topics from finances to the historical roll of women in the church. Between speakers we broke off into small group prayer and discussion groups. Kattia Silva (Pastor Ricardo's wife) organized the event brilliantly. She has had a vision for women's ministry of CC Brazil for a long time. This year only women in leadership and pastor's wives were invited to participate, but in the future the event will be opened to all community church women. I left with the other women at 4 feeling uplifted and excited about the future of women's ministry here in Brazil.

To follow up with the conference there will be a women's monthly breakfest on the second to last Saturday of the month, starting next week! Exciting things are ahead for the women of Community Church Brazil!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Prayer for Visa

Emily Taylor has been trying to get a work visa to come help teach down here at the International School of Carpina since December. The government here is very slow and it took Jeff & Lindsay Turner almost 2 years to get their visa. We have learned a lot since then and have better contacts. Right now Tele is in Brasilia (the capital of Brazil) to try to get Emily's visa approved. We need a lot of prayers during this time. We really need Emily down here ASAP. Please pray that she gets her visa.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Living Stones helped

Living Stones from Jeffrey Turner on Vimeo. Click on the link for an HD version.

For more information about Living Stones check out
You can help support this ministry by writing a check to World Renewal earmarked Living Stones Brazil and mail to:
World Renewal Intl.
P.O. Box 399
Greenfield, IN 46140

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Summer Trips

Summer is coming and it is time for short term trips to Brazil. Come with us on a trip that will change your life.

The medical trip is July 3 - July 11 2009, join Dr Taylor in giving God's grace to the people of Brazil. You do not need to be a medical professional to help with this trip. Just have a willing heart to love the people and be a servant to others.

Construction and English camp trip is July 11- 21. You only need to speak English to help in Brazil. Painting is the biggest job that needs done on the trip. You also will be teaching English to eager people wanting to learn how to speak English.

For more information about the summer trip email or call Steven Turner 317-840-1270

God can use you this summer in Brazil.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CCT Tracunhaem construction

As promised I (Jeff) finally got over to Tracunhaem to take pictures of the construction. For those of you that don't know the story, this land was given to the community church free of charge. The only catch was they had to start building on the land by December 2008. September rolled around and they still didn't have the money to start building. But because of the wonderful generosity of the members of the community churches in Indiana they were able to start building just in time.
From January Shot term Trip

The empty bags of concrete from the flooring.

From January Shot term Trip
The new flooring that was just put in.

From January Shot term Trip

They plan on holding their first church service in this building next month.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Community Church of Tracunhaem

I (Jeff) am going to try to get over to the Church sometime this week or next to check on the progress of the church construction. Until then, here is a video I took last January when the Pastors were here.

*edit The trip has been delayed because of Lindsay getting sick. She is almost fully recovered but still needs a few days. She had the stomach flu.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

First ever "Tele Talk"

Tele Talk 2/25/09 from Jeffrey Turner on Vimeo.

This is the first of hopefully many "Tele Talks" where you get the updates of the ministry and school straight from the mouth of the Director of World Renewal Brazil Pastor Telemaco Moraes.

This video covers what the churches do during Carnaval, news about the international school, and how Tele's family is doing. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave feedback and let us know what aspects of the ministry you would like to hear about.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Dan Downer sick

Pastor Dan Downer who has been in Brazil for a month now, is sick and leaves tomorrow to the US.
He ate some bad cheese and has been in bed all day. He started feeling bad today around 10am. Please pray that this passes and he will be good to travel. He has gotten some medicine and is being well taken care of.

*UPDATE Dan got home safely but was still feeling sick the last time I talked with him. Continue to pray for his recovery and for God's plan for his ministry.

*UPDATE 2 According to Edna Chestnut: "I was just talking with Dan and he has been bedfast since his return from Brazil. He has terrible back pain and numbness in his legs."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Community Church of Timbauba interview

Timbauba Community Church interview from Jeffrey Turner

If you attend Brookville Road Community Church then you got to see this video yesterday at church. For the rest of you, I have posted here. Click on the title of the video to watch an HD copy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dr. Lake History of Community Church

15 years ago the first community church was started in Carpina Brazil. Last Sunday all the Brazil community churches got together to celebrate. The main speaker was Dr. Charles Lake the founder of Greenwood Community Church (the very first community church). You can watch his sermon that explains the history of the community churches. It is in 4 parts. The second part has the history story in it.
Continue to pray for the Pastors as they visit the community churches in Brazil.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pastors arrive safely

The January group has arrived safely with all of their luggage. They didn't get to much rest today as they will be going to the very first service in Cha de Alegria this evening. Tomorrow is the 15 year anniversary celebration. Then in the evening Pastor Charles lake will be preaching at Grace Presbyterian Church in Recife. During the week it will be a little more relaxed. The group will be visiting most if not all the community churches. Jeff will be taking video fotage of the new construction in Lagoa de Itaenga, Tracenheum, and Timbauba. Until then pray for this trip.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Pastor Ricardo's Mother Passes away

Pastor Ricardo Silva's mother passed away yesterday. She had diabetes and went into a coma after having to much sugar. She died shortly after going into the coma.
We are unsure if she was a believer. She didn't raise Ricardo and only was with him in his early years. She was living in Lagoa de Itaenga, the same town Ricardo's current church plant is in. Please pray for the family and for Ricardo's step brother who will be living with Ricardo and Kattia now. The step brother is 14 years old. This is a big step for Ricardo's family and is very similar to when Tele brought in Ricardo to his family.

EDIT: It is still unclear if Ricardo's step brother will be living with them. It will be their responsibility to make sure he gets a good education but where he lives will be up to him. There are several relatives that he is going to stay with for a while before he decides.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fire on the Hillside

This was the view from the Alcance (Ministry HQ) a few nights ago.

Every season they burn the sugar cane fields to drive out the snakes and clear it out. The actual stalk doesn't burn. So after they burn it they can go in and harvest it a lot easier. But, burning it also hurts the ground and environment a lot.

Dan Downer is traveling to Brazil today to spend a month here. He will be helping with electricity and other things at the 3 Church construction sites. Pray for safe travels and God to use and take care of him while he is here.