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
 
 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Conference in Georgia!

JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND CONFERENCE ON THE BIBLICAL FEASTS!
Where? Midway First Presbyterian Church, 672 North Coastal Highway, Midway, Georgia 31320
When? February 10th and 11th
Genesis 1:14 “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” The Hebrew word for “seasons” is moed/moedim, and this is it’s meaning: appointed place, appointed time, sacred season, set feast, appointed sign or signal. The Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar, established by God right in the first chapter of Genesis. These are not “Jewish” holidays…they are YHWH’s appointed times with His people. These days are memorials: we remember what God has done for His people in the past, we see His plan of Salvation and redemption in them, and we look to the future, to when He will ultimately fulfill all that they foreshadow.
Attached is the schedule! We hope to see you there! Feel free to share this with your friends! 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Encouragement Against Maliciousness

Malice: noun: the intention or desire to do evil; ill will

I would have to say that up until recently, I have never in my life had someone direct malicious behavior towards me or my family. I have been blessed with family, friends, and community who have been loving and supportive of me. I hope and pray that you have been blessed with love and benevolence as well. 

We were recently blindsided and left reeling at the lies and maliciousness that were directed at our family; by people who claim to be fellow believers. I plan to eventually blog about our experiences, but I have not yet been released spiritually to do so. When I am led to write about it, I will, and I trust it will help others who have gone through similar experiences. God has always used the difficult times in my life to connect me with others who need encouragement and support; I know He has the same plan in this difficult journey we have been on. 

We have been blessed with family and good friends who have spoken words of encouragement to us in this, and I want to share some scripture that was shared with me. May it encourage you if you are going through a similar time.

Have you had trust betrayed? Have you had people lie about you in order to cover their own lies and wrongdoing?  Has someone slandered you and attacked your efforts to do good and further the Kingdom?  

People let us down and disappoint.  And let's be honest, people can lash out at us with the intention to do evil. People we once held in high esteem, people who we thought were godly; people we trusted.  But let us not hope in people; let us hope in Elohim; YHVH!  

I took these notes at a recent conference we attended: "I have been saved to suffer. I have been called to be persecuted. The world will not receive the Kingdom with joy." But how sad it is when the suffering and persecution we experience is because fellow believers are wounding their own, perhaps because of jealousy or their own insecurities.

In the midst of these hard times (and any time!) we are called to remain faithful and do good, to delight in the LORD!
From Psalm 37 (it's rather lengthy, so I am pulling out a few nuggets):
  • Do not fret because of evildoers
  • Trust in the Lord and do good
  • Cultivate faithfulness
  • Delight yourself in the Lord
  • Commit your way to the LORD
  • He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday
  • Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him
  • Do not fret...because of the man who carries out wicked schemes
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath
  • Do not fret
  • Wait for the LORD
  • The wicked plots against the righteous...the LORD laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming
  • The LORD sustains the righteous
  • The LORD is the One who holds his hand
  • The Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones, they are preserved forever
  • His steps do not slip
  • The Lord will not...let him be condemned when he is judged 
  • Wait for the Lord and keep His way
  • The man of peace will have a posterity
  • The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    He is their strength in time of trouble.
  • The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    Because they take refuge in Him. 
    (NASB) 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Changes and Transitions

...changes and transitions....
These two words can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, but they are a part of life, right? Pray for us as the next several months bring a lot of changes and transitions. This inevitably brings losses and new beginnings; fear and excitement for the unknown.

We have lived in the Savannah, Georgia area for almost five years now. We have come to know and love this area as "home" and have been blessed by the LORD with many wonderful friends who have become family. Our plan is to move back to Pennsylvania for our last six months in America. However, we'll be speaking at a conference scheduled for February here in the Savannah area, so we're already looking forward to a break from the northern winter! After a family wedding in June, we plan to depart for Papua New Guinea. We would love to leave from Atlanta, so that we can say our last "so-long-for-now's" here in Georgia before we leave.

We have a lot of work to do in our last month or two here. Pray for us to use our time wisely and pray that God will raise up partners to support us in our missions work. We have about 4% of our needed monthly support coming in, but several more pledges for support. We need to have a minimum of 75% in order to purchase our tickets and depart. Tom's employment will be ending at the end of October and we will take a leap of faith into full-time ministry and support raising!

We spoke at two different churches this past week. Pray for more opportunities to share our ministry with churches, small groups, Sunday school classes, etc. Please let us know if you would like to host a group at your home, or if you would like to have us come share in your small group or congregation. We are willing to travel! We will also gladly provide dessert and coffee if you are willing to host a group in your home for us. :)

Our timeline--which is always subject to change as the Lord leads--is to move to Pennsylvania in December.  We will be reconnecting with friends and family, and looking to continue to build our base of ministry partners. God has burdened our hearts for lost and unreached people. He is laying a heavy sense of urgency on us to go! We must obey Him and follow where He leads. Thank you for praying with us; He is faithful!

If God leads you to give to our ministry, there are several ways you can give:
Mail your tax deductible donation to: New Tribes Mission, 1000 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771. Attach a note stating that it is for the ministry of Tom & Jen McBratney. Please do not write on the check.
You can also give online at: https://use.ntm.org/missionaries/thomas-and-jennifer-mcbratney

No amount is too big or too small. You can give a one-time gift or become a monthly partner. We need prayer partners as well, so thank you for partnering with us in prayer!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

An Exciting Opportunity!

Tomorrow, we will be sharing about our upcoming ministry in Papua New Guinea with Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah. Then, the following four weeks we will be teaching a Sunday School series entitled: The Jewish Feasts and Christianity. Please pray that God will speak through us and that we will teach with humility and truth. Pray that this will be a unifying time as brothers and sisters in Messiah. 
Also, pray that God will lay it on people's hearts to support us financially. Pray that God will open doors for us to be able to speak in other congregations. We want to build His kingdom, wherever He sends us! Pray for good health and strength.
We are so thankful for this opportunity and pray it will lead to many more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Prayer Points


Hello! We hope you have all enjoyed your summer. By now, you have received our initial letter about our exciting, upcoming ministry in Papua New Guinea. In June, we attended a week and a half of training at New Tribes Mission’s headquarters in Sanford, FL. We were already excited, but now even more so! We cannot wait to move forward and begin our ministry.            
            There are still about 2,500 people groups unreached in the world today—millions of people are isolated from the Good News about their Messiah. New Tribes Mission exists to clearly present the Gospel to unreached people in their own language and culture. They disciple believers and partner with them to plant healthy, biblical congregations and to reach out to other tribes and villages. We will be playing a vital role in reaching the unreached.
            We have a monthly ministry budget to reach, as well as one-time expenses, such as passports, visas, and plane tickets. We need prayer and financial partners. When you pray and give, you are a vital link in helping the unreached hear the Good News!
We would love to share with you ways in which you can be a part of our team. We specifically need people to partner with us now so that we will be able to wrap things up here in the US and be ready to head to Papua New Guinea early next year. Tom’s job is not flexible, and he will only have employment until the end of September. We need committed monthly supporters so that we can make this transition to full time ministry in the next month.
            Also be in prayer as we have been on the waiting list to adopt a baby in the state of Georgia. We would like to move to Pennsylvania sometime this winter in order to continue building our prayer and financial support base. Pray that things would move forward very soon with an adoption placement.
            If you wish to give financially, you can make a one-time donation, or give monthly. There are several ways that you can give to us:
1.     Use the attached Electronic Funds Transfer form. Instructions are on the form.
2.     Mail your tax deductible donation to: New Tribes Mission, 1000 E. First Street, Sanford, FL 32771.  Attach a note stating that it is for the ministry of Tom & Jenny McBratney. Please do not write on the check.

Thank you for standing with us! We cannot go without each and every one of you praying and giving generously to our ministry. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you!

~Tom, Jenny, Michael, Daniel, and Savannah Joy