Friday, March 16, 2018

February Update

Winter Greetings

Spring is just around the corner!
Tom has been in Papua New Guinea for a month already, enjoying the heat!  We are more than ready to join him, but we are still waiting on paperwork.
The good news is, 2 out of 3 things that need to be processed are done.
1. Restoration International is officially incorporated as a non-government organization (non-profit) in Papua New Guinea.
2. Work Permits have been submitted.
3. As soon as the work permits are approved, the permanent visas can be submitted for processing.
After these are approved, I (Jen) will be able to purchase our tickets and send our passports to the embassy in Washington, DC for our visa stamp, which will only take about 3 days. The end is in sight, but keep praying for things to move along in a timely manner. What we hoped would only be a few weeks has turned into a month, with a few more weeks of waiting ahead of us.
We are so thankful that the Father has gone before and beside Tom every step of the way!
 
  • He found a house within just a few days of arriving and has moved in awhile. Our landlord and his wife told Tom that after praying about it, they do not feel like they should charge him any rent until the rest of the family moves in, so he is only paying the electric bill.
  • Port Moresby is very dry, and we rely on rain water for all of our needs. Tom said they have received a lot of rain, and our water tank is full.
  • Our landlord, a local business man (and a Believer!) and his father, a prominent attorney, have been instrumental in guiding Tom through all of the paperwork that needs processed in order for us to come on a long-term visa. 
We rejoice in each large and small detail that God has attended to for us. We feel very blessed with the contacts Tom has been able to make. In addition to Women of Hope, there are several other ministries to victims of trafficking and sexual violence who can use our help. There are numerous opportunities for us to minister, as well as our teens. They have been asked to assist at a local Christian school with tutoring and teaching English.  We are excited to arrive and get plugged into ministry.
Below are pictures of a facility that houses women and children who were vitcims and are survivors of sex-trafficking.
Thank you for praying for the kids and I as we travelled to Georgia, Florida, and back in the last few weeks. In the past month I have had the opportunity to share in churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. I have been sustained by God's strength and grace...nothing else!  The house is almost packed up, and we have friends who will be renting our house while we are gone.  Keep those prayers coming as there is still a lot to do the next few weeks!
We really cannot say thank you enough to those of you who are supporting us financially and holding us up in prayer!  We could not be doing this without you!

While our family is moving overseas to begin working with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea, we want you to know that Restoration International will still support work among the First Nations people here in America. If that is something you would like to be involved in, just reach out to us!  We not only continue to financially support First Nations ministries, we can also plug you into ways you can serve and give tangibly.

We are still in need of finances for our airfare and a 4WD vehicle:
  • It will cost approximately $6,000 for our family to fly to Papua New Guinea.  Tickets are running about $1,500 per person (Jen + 3 kids).  Will you please consider donating to our ticket fund?  Your donations are tax deductible! 
  • Port Moresby is a very spread-out city and our ministry will require lots of driving. Pray with us about the provision of a used car. We'll need about $10,000 USD to purchased a dependable, used SUV. Tom said that due to the road conditions, we definitely need 4WD!  I've included pictures below of the road from our village leading into the city of Port Moresby. This is in the drier season with a few days of rain, so you can imagine how treacherous the roads become in rainy season!
According to the Human Rights Watch, World Report 2016, "...Rates of family and sexual violence [in Papua New Guinea] are among the highest in the world....with an estimated 70 percent of women experiencing rape or assault in their lifetime."
https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/country-chapters/papua-new-guinea


You can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children in Papua New Guinea. Your faithful monthly donation will help to feed, clothe, and educate victims of violence and human trafficking.

Monthly partners are the backbone of our ministry. We can also use annual and one-time donations for special projects and ministry needs (such as our vehicle).

Please pray about joining our team!
You can set up your giving in a way that is convenient for you:
  • Online through our website: http://www.restoringunity.org/support You can select recurring monthly giving when you give this way.
  • Automatic bill pay through your bank.  Just contact us if you need any info regarding our bank (account number, etc).  Phone: 912-631-1951
  • Or mail your donation to: Restoration International, P.O. Box 73, Bainbridge, PA 17502.  Make checks payable to: Restoration International.
  • All donations are tax-deductible.
 
Thank you, again, for your faithful prayers and support of our family as we seek to follow the Father's path for us, reaching indigenous people with Hope!

Tom & Jenny
Michael, Daniel, & Savannah Joy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Tropical Winter (for Tom, at least)

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Greetings from both sides of the globe!

Tom has arrived safely in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea!  Before he left, our family prayed that God would go before him, preparing the way and arranging the right meetings and contacts.  The Father has shown Himself so faithful!  After being there just 2 days, Tom has already found a house to rent within our budget--you have to understand that our housing budget for Port Moresby was impossible according to human reasoning. But we serve a great God!
Below is our "new" house!  Tom will be moving in next week; and the rest of us will hopefully be joining him soon.
 
This Sunday, Jen will be sharing about our ministry during 3 different church services, two in Mechanicsburg, PA, in the morning and at an evening service in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Next week (February 15) Jen and the kids will be traveling to Georgia. Jen will be sharing about our ministry with a supporting church in Statesboro, and they're hoping to be able to attend our home church in Richmond Hill one final time to say farewell to friends.

If you would like Jen to share about our ministry with your family, small group, business, or congregation, give her a call at: 912-631-1951.
 
Ways you can help....

Ticket Fund
We still need approximately $6,000 for our family to fly to Papua New Guinea.  Tickets are running about $1,500 per person (Jen + 3 kids).  Will you please consider donating to our ticket fund?  Your donations are tax deductible! 
 
Car Fund
Port Moresby is a very spread-out city and our ministry will require lots of driving. Pray with us about the provision of a used car. We'll need about $10,000 USD to purchased a dependable, used SUV. Tom said that due to the road conditions, we definitely need 4WD!
Prayer Requests:
*   Continued good health for Tom, and for God to continue to go before him, preparing the way for the rest of the family to join him soon, and for more God-ordained meetings.
*    That Tom will be able to get our visas processed quickly!
*    Safety and strength for Jenny as she travels, speaks, and continues to sort, pack, and clean the house.  Also for her and the kids to have good health.
*   God's provisions of needed finances: monthly support, funds for tickets and a vehicle.  We praise God for continuing to add to our monthly support team!
According to the Human Rights Watch, World Report 2016, "...an estimated 40 percent of the country [of Papua New Guinea] lives in poverty. Pressing issues include gender inequality, violence, corruption, and excessive use of force by police, including against children. Rates of family and sexual violence are among the highest in the world, and perpetrators are rarely prosecuted.  PNG is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or girl, with an estimated 70 percent of women experiencing rape or assault in their lifetime."
https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/country-chapters/papua-new-guinea


You can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children in Papua New Guinea. Your faithful monthly donation will help to feed, clothe, and educate victims of violence and human trafficking.

Monthly partners are the backbone of our ministry. We can also use annual and one-time donations for special projects and ministry needs (such as our vehicle).

Please pray about joining our team!
You can set up your giving in a way that is convenient for you:
  • Online through our website: http://www.restoringunity.org/support You can select recurring monthly giving when you give this way.
  • Automatic bill pay through your bank.  Just contact us if you need any info regarding our bank (account number, etc).  Phone: 912-631-1951
  • Or mail your donation to: Restoration International, P.O. Box 73, Bainbridge, PA 17502.  Make checks payable to: Restoration International.
  • All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you, again, for your faithful prayers and support of our family as we seek to follow the Father's path for us, reaching indigenous people with Hope!

Tom & Jenny
Michael, Daniel, & Savannah Joy


Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 73
Bainbridge, PA 17502

Phone Number:
912-631-1951

Email:
tjmcbratney@restoringunity.org
jemcbratney@restoringunity.org


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Winter Update


 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  We pray many blessings on you all and your families, and we wish you many happy moments creating memories together.


We thank our Father for each and every one of you. Thank you for partnering with us and for your generous donations to our ministry. Thank you for faithfully holding us up in prayer as we are walking in faith and following the will of our Father.
Our trip south was a blessing to our family. We were able to reconnect with family and friends, as well as meet new friends.  We received donations from businesses and had several churches and individuals commit to partner with us and support our ministry.




  
The blankets we collected have arrived at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In the end, we were able to collect about 20 blankets. These will be a huge blessing to those who receive them and can literally be the difference between life and death! Many thanks to those of you who generously donated!  
 
January Retreat

The weekend of January 6-8, we taught at a retreat for First Presbyterian Church in Palisades Park, NJ.
http://www.fpcnj.org/

We shared about the importance of ministering to First Nations people, our ministry in Papua New Guinea, we ministered in music, and also taught on the prophetic significance of the Biblical Holidays. Michael shared a missions challenge during one of our teaching sessions as well!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top is Pastor David Peng of First Presbyterian Church NJ with the guys.
The remaining are photos of our teaching sessions.
 
 
Our goal all along has been to leave for Papua New Guinea in January(ish). We still believe God wants us to do that. Tom will be flying over on February 3rd to finalize paperwork for our visas and to secure housing in the capital city of Port Moresby. Jen, the kids, and Lexie (our co-worker), will follow as soon as our visas and housing are in place.  We are very excited and ready to begin this next chapter in our ministry!

Please connect with us on FaceBook (search Tom Jenny McBratney) and be sure to "like" and "follow" our ministry page for up to date photos and information! https://www.facebook.com/restoringunity/


Ways you can help....

Ticket Fund
We will need approximately $7,500 for our family to fly to Papua New Guinea.  Tickets are running about $1,500 per person and there are 5 of us.  Will you please consider donating to our ticket fund?  Your donations are tax deductible! 
 
Car Fund
Port Moresby is a very spread-out city and our ministry will require lots of driving. Pray with us about the provision of a used car. We'll need about $10,000 USD to purchased a dependable, used SUV. 
 
Pray with us...
  • Wisdom as we make decisions regarding our departure.
  • Safety and good health for Tom as he travels ahead of us.
  • For God's provision of needed finances (plane tickets, vehicle, monthly support needs).
  • Stamina for Jenny as she packs up the house and finalizes things on this end.
 
You can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children in Papua New Guinea. Your faithful monthly donation will help to feed, clothe, and educate victims of human trafficking.

Monthly partners are the backbone of our ministry. We can also use annual and one-time donations for special projects and ministry needs (such as our vehicle).

Please pray about joining our team!
You can set up your giving in a way that is convenient for you:
  • Online through our website: http://www.restoringunity.org/support You can select recurring monthly giving when you give this way.
  • Automatic bill pay through your bank.  Just contact us if you need any info regarding our bank (account number, etc).  Phone: 912-631-1951
  • Or mail your donation to: Restoration International, P.O. Box 73, Bainbridge, PA 17502.  Make checks payable to: Restoration International.
  • All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you, again, for your faithful prayers and support of our family as we seek to follow the Father's path for us, reaching indigenous people with Hope!

Tom & Jenny
Michael, Daniel, & Savannah Joy
 
Our mailing address is:
Restoration International
P.O. Box 73
Bainbridge, PA 17502

Phone number:
912-631-1951

Email Addresses:
tjmcbratney@restoringunity.org
jemcbratney@restoringunity.org