From the Memo Board: March 2021

Dates to Know

April 1 – February Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

April 1 – March Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

April 2 – The Office will be closed in celebration of the Resurrection.

April 15 – Tax Filing Deadline for both US Missionaries and Non-Resident Missionaries who were in the US in 2020.

May 1 – March Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

May 1 – April Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

Stimulus Checks and Your Taxes

In 2020, the US Government issued two rounds of stimulus checks to US Citizens. The funds are not taxable income. However, for accounting purposes, the IRS is requiring US individuals who received the funds to record the amount(s) on their 2020 Tax Returns. When filing your taxes, you will need to provide this information to your tax preparer, along with your other tax-related information. For a list of items to consider, click here to view the Items to Provide to Your Tax Preparer article from last month’s Headquarter Happenings.

REAL ID Update

The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 to establish minimum security standards for state identification cards such as driver’s licenses. Although the compliance deadline has been extended several times, the current deadline is October 1, 2021. Starting October 1, state driver’s licenses presented at U.S. airports for ID purposes must be a “REAL ID” version. Otherwise, an alternative form of ID, such as a passport, will be required. If you are a US Citizen who is currently in the US, or if you plan to be this year, we recommend that you make arrangements to update your driver’s license to the REAL ID. This process may require advance appointments depending on your state.

Click here for information from Homeland Security.
Click here for information from the Transportation Security Administration.

Traveling in a COVID World

The past year has brought with it many adjustments because of COVID. One area that continues to see many changes in air travel, specifically international air travel. Several of our missionaries have dealt with significant challenges related to the timing of COVID testing and their flights. Things to keep in mind if you are traveling internationally:

  • Most international flights now require you to show proof of a negative COVID test within a certain timeframe of boarding your flight.
  • Tests must typically be of the PCR variety. Rapid test results are often not accepted.
  • Some countries require the test to be within a certain number of hours from boarding the first flight. However, some countries require the test to be within a certain number of hours from arriving in-country. This may require a layover mid-way in your itinerary with enough time to get a second test taken and receive results prior to your boarding your last flight. (We know of one situation where an individual was denied boarding because they were fewer than 10 minutes outside of the timeframe.)
  • Many regulations are set by the country to which you are going. The airlines are charged with enforcement based on when they allow passengers to board. Because the airlines wish to continue business internationally, they will tend to be very specific on the enforcement of the policies.
  • Many countries have mandatory quarantines upon arrival in the country.
  • In addition to guidelines set by countries, most airlines have their own regulations about wearing masks on flights. In many cases, even children age 2 and above are required to wear a mask for the entire flight.
  • Meal and beverage services provided by the airlines may be limited or non-existent.

What can you do?

  • Be prepared! Research information with the Embassy of each country you will visit on your trip. These change frequently! It may be a good idea to check this every few days to be sure you have the most up-to-date information. Research testing sites near the airports you will use.
  • Be proactive! You may wish to get tested every day for several days leading up to your scheduled trip. In the event results from the first test don’t come in time for your booked flight you will already be prepared for a possible flight the following day, instead of rebooking another week out. This could also cover you in the event of a flight delay.
  • Be pliable! Plan extra days on both ends of your travel to allow for testing, delays, or quarantine necessities.
  • Be protected! Be ready financially for unexpected expenses such as additional hotel costs or rebooking fees. Look into travel insurance that will cover delays or cancellations related to COVID.
  • Be patient! Testing sites are busy around the clock. Labs are working overtime. Airline employees are trying to keep up with ever-changing regulations and pacify frustrated travelers.
  • Be proclaiming! People are frustrated. People are afraid. People are seeking answers. Christ the Great Physician has the ultimate cure and comfort.

Microsoft Excel

We request that all users complete their financial report template using Microsoft Excel rather than Apple’s Numbers or other programs. Although Apple’s spreadsheet application does export to Excel, doing so removes many key features that our staff relies on to review the reports. Similarly, Google Docs is not structured to handle many of the formulas in the template and often creates problems with the figures. If you need to purchase a copy of Microsoft Excel for Windows or for Mac, we can obtain these for you at a discounted rate. If switching to Excel creates a hardship for you, please contact us. If you have questions, please let us know. We appreciate your assistance in this area!

Changes in Ministry and your Financial Reports

Changes in ministry can affect the typical expenses you list on your reports from month to month. For instance, someone on deputation will primarily have travel expenses, while someone on the field may have more costs related to renting a building or purchasing nursery snacks and Sunday School supplies. Someone coming home on furlough will be dealing with meal allowances and lodging costs they don’t usually see when on the field, and may be using a borrowed vehicle, which must be recorded differently from a vehicle they own. We suggest that you click here to review our checklist of commonly overlooked expenses, to be sure you are claiming all allowable deductions. If you have questions about your financial reports, please contact Naomi.

Birth Announcements

Congratulations to Colton and Melodie Lee on the birth of their first son, Douglas Micaiah. He was born on February 14. He weighed 7 pounds 3.4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Please pray for the Lees as they minister in international evangelism.


Congratulations to Michael and Nora Deatrick on the birth of Michelle “Ellie” Hope, who was born on February 24. She weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. Ellie joins her brother Corban (4) and sister Kezia (2). Please pray for the Deatrick’s and their ministry in the Solomon Islands.

Uplift Podcast

The following recordings were recently published on uplift.wwntbm.com. You may access the site by entering the username: wwntbm and the password: gospel. We hope they will encourage your heart.

Weary in Well Doing

Remember the Helpers

Psalm 3, Part One

Unto the Furtherance of the Gospel

I Serve Others – Reliable: March 2021

by John O’Malley

The phrase, I Serve Others, captures all we want to do for the Lord at WWNTBM. Over the next few months, I will write on the values we hold dear in the phrase, I Serve Others. We have already looked at the words inspire, open, tender, helper, and edify.

This month, I am continuing our core values phrase “I Serve Others” series. The second R in I Serve Others stands for Reliable.

The sense of the word reliable is to be consistently good in quality or performance. Someone who is able to be trusted is counted as reliable. The Bible word for reliable is faithful.

1 Samuel 2, while Eli was High Priest and his two sons polluted their office in the temple, God told Eli what would happen to his sons. God also said He would raise up someone who was faithful. The sense of the word faithful in this text is someone who is reliable.

In 1 Samuel 2:35, God explained what He wanted in His servants. He said He wanted reliable people to serve. He wanted people who would know His mind and heart. The servant He chose would do what was in the heart and mind of God. God promised He too would be faithful or reliable to the servant He would raise up.

I want to consider two things this month about the core value of being reliable. First, consider with me God’s reliability to us. Then I want you to evaluate your reliability in your service to Him.

Consider God’s faithfulness or reliability:

  • God Himself is faithful — he does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  • God’s word is faithful — He’s given a more sure word of prophecy.
  • God’s presence is reliable — He’s promised never to leave us nor forsake us
  • God’s power is reliable — He shows Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.
  • God’s justice is reliable — He is the Judge of the whole earth Who will do right.

Consider our faithfulness or reliability:

  • Do the people to whom I bring the Gospel find me reliable in my witness?
  • Does my family find me reliable in my promises and availability?
  • Do my supporting churches find me reliable in communication and connecting with them?
  • Does my spouse see me as reliable in my biblical mandate for my responsibility in our marriage?
  • Does everyone with whom I interact see my word as reliable?

We are at our best when we are faithful or reliable to our master, in our ministries, and in our marriages.

At the missions office, we desire to be reliable to you. We want to honor your requests. We want to be reliable to pray for you when you share with us your heart’s burden. We want to be reliable to be considerate and compassionate when you face challenges.

I believe in the work you are doing for Christ. I want to see you accomplish God’s goals for you and the people to whom He called you.

Let us be reliable.

Yours for the harvest,
John O’Malley

If this article has been an encouragement to you, you can email Bro. O’Malley here to let him know.

Tax Time Reminders 2021

Tax season is once again upon us! Here are several reminders concerning tax issues that you may face. We trust that this information will be useful to you, both in giving you a better understanding of your reports and helping you to be aware of items that may affect your personal taxes.

Please Note: WWNTBM Staff members seek to assist in any way possible with questions concerning the IRS, taxes, and retirement. However, we are not certified tax professionals. Any information provided should not be construed as legal counsel. Therefore, we encourage all of our missionaries to procure the services of a certified tax preparer.

Tax Paperwork for 2020 for US Missionaries

Tax-related paperwork generated by WWNTBM is in your SecureCloud folder. This includes your applicable 1099 form, MFR Summary Report, and Tax Receipts (if you gave through WW this year.) Please be sure to look at the 2nd page of the MFR Summary, to see if there are any specific notes for you and your tax preparer. In prior years you may have also received an Estimated Tax letter and/or a Tax Details Letter. Please note information previously reported in those letters has been included on the MFR Summary this year, to reduce paperwork. If you received a Housing Allowance, it is vital that your tax preparer note the 1099 Calculations section on page 2 of your 2020 MFR Summary, to ensure your Housing Allowance is properly accounted for on your taxes. If you requested that we submit your tax information directly to your tax preparer, please note that those documents will be sent in mid-February. This is to ensure that there is time for us to include any forms that may arrive in our office from other sources. If you have any questions, please contact Naomi.

1099 Forms from Other Sources

If churches issued funds payable to you in excess of $600 during the year 2020, they may issue you a 1099 form. If those funds were either mailed to the office or included on Line 2 of your MFR as extra income, they are already included in the total of your 1099 from World Wide. Our office can assist you in verifying whether the funds were included on your 1099. Your tax preparer can assist you on your return in recording this so that you are not taxed twice on the same income. We recommend that you request churches to make checks payable to WWNTBM to avoid this issue in the future.

Foreign Tax Exclusion

In order to claim the foreign tax exclusion, you must be out of the US for 330 days over a 12 month period of time; however, these days do not have to be in the same calendar year. In order to gain the full benefit of the foreign tax exclusion, your tax preparer may be able to revise your returns based on the actual time you have spent overseas. Because of this, it is vital to provide your tax preparer with all of your travel dates to and from the US. You may also wish to discuss with your tax preparer what dates would be the best travel dates when planning to leave for the field or return on furlough, as this could affect how much you are allowed to claim under the foreign tax exclusion.

It is our understanding that, while the Foreign Tax Exclusion does benefit many of our missionaries, it may not always be the best solution, as there are other situations which may give a greater benefit. Some of those options may affect taxes not only for this year but for future years as well. This is another reason we recommend consulting a tax professional who can advise you in relation to your unique circumstance.

Healthcare and Your Taxes

Our financial report gives a location for you to track ‘health insurance costs.’ However, each individual situation is different. Some use this area to record traditional health insurance, some use it to record expenses through the MarketPlace, and others use it to record details for a health care sharing ministry such as Samaritan Ministries. While all of these are health-related costs, each of the examples affects your taxes in a different way. Please be sure that your tax preparer is aware of the details of your health coverage, as it may affect how they complete your tax return.

Estimated Tax Payments

Missionaries are considered to be self-employed and are therefore subject to self-employment taxes. Submitting quarterly estimated tax payments throughout the year will help to prevent having a large tax payment due each April. Estimated tax payments can be submitted on your own, or, if you are interested, you may contact Kim O’Malley for information on how we can submit them for you.

Tax Paperwork for Those with Foreign Bank Accounts

US Treasury Dept. regulations require that if you have any foreign bank accounts, and if the sum total of all of your foreign accounts has ever been $10,000 at any given time during the past year, you must complete the IRS Foreign Bank and Financial Account Form (FBAR) and give it to your tax preparer. This includes all foreign accounts on which you are a signatory, such as a ministry account. This form, and further information about it, is available on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. Please refer to the IRS website and your tax preparer if you have any questions.

Utilizing a Tax Professional

Studies have shown that the average person who uses a tax professional, instead of filing their own taxes, receives a much greater tax return. The savings far exceed the amount spent to hire a professional. Many have also found that using tax software does not always compare to the benefits of using a professional, either. In many instances, it is not that the software or the self-filer is wrong, but that other choices may be better. (Information is taken from daveramsey.com.)

It is also good to note that not all professionals are familiar with tax situations that might affect you. We encourage all missionaries to use a certified tax preparer who is familiar with special tax situations that affect missionaries and those living overseas. A listing of tax preparers used by other missionaries is available on SecureCloud, under the Forms and Manuals section.

Items to Provide to Your Tax Preparer

In addition to your 1099 Form(s), MFR Summary, and Tax Receipts from World Wide, you may wish to provide the following to your tax preparer as it will assist them in filing your taxes.

  • List of dates you were in the US vs. out of the country during the year.
  • Details of all housing-related expenses, to be used in addition to the amount of your Approved Housing Allowance, for use in completing Worksheet 1 of IRS Publication 517.
  • Information on any retirement plans you have contributed to during the year, or that you have received distribution from during the year.
  • Names and Social Security Numbers for all family members.
  • Names and dates of any family births or deaths (children or spouse), as well as whether you were married during the year.
  • Information on any stimulus check(s) you received during the year.

You may need to submit taxes in your foreign country, as well as in the US. Consult with a local tax preparer about this possibility. This may be especially true if you receive funds from that country.

I Serve Others – Edify: February 2021

by John O’Malley

The phrase, I Serve Others, captures all we want to do for the Lord at WWNTBM. Over the next few months, I will write on the values we hold dear in the phrase, I Serve Others. We have already looked at the words inspire, open, tender, and helper.

Demolition is easier than construction. When a worker demolishes, they approach the job site and see their goal is to tear down what they see. Swinging a sledgehammer does not require accuracy; one just needs to make sure they leave nothing standing.

Paul wrote in Ephesians that God gave leaders to the church. He gave these leaders to His church to do three distinct actions. Leaders are for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edification of the saints.

We all work with people. God assigned us to a people. The passage in Ephesians 4 discloses the three tasks of all leaders. Our task is to bring people in our care to a state of completion. We are to perform the tasks assigned to us. We are to edify people.

The people we serve, like ourselves, are an incomplete construction project. Our role as a leader is to add to the building progress in the lives of those around us. Every time you connect with people in your ministry, you are to add to the building of their lives for the glory of God.

Our calling is to build people up and help them become what God intended. If we are out of calibration with God and His Word, we easily can become leaders who demolish. We can demolish with our words, tone, and spirit. We can criticize and complain about these incomplete projects around us.

As a missionary, fulfilling our God-given roles as an evangelist and pastor and teacher, we must consciously choose to edify. We must build people up. The world is busy tearing people down. When people come to your place of ministry, the place where you carry out the work God gives you to do, make sure they edify each person.

When you call the office, our goal is to edify you. We want to build you up. Like you, we all are incomplete building projects. Our staff wants to add value to your life by adding hope, courage, and compassion in the work you are doing for Christ.

I preface the “I Serve Others” phrase with the words, “We are at our best when…” I want to be at my best, always. I want to build others with my words. I want to treat others as Christ treats me. I want to edify everyone.

Is God pleased with your task of edifying others? How are we doing at the home office with edifying you? How can we improve? “I serve others” is not a slogan; it is our mission. In fact, as servants of the Lord, God intends and expects us to edify.

Yours for the harvest,
John O’Malley

If this article has been an encouragement to you, you can email Bro. O’Malley here to let him know.

From the Memo Board: February 2021

Dates to Know

February 1 – 1099 Forms and other tax documentation for the 2020 tax year will be available for US Missionaries.

February 1 – January Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

February 15 – The new 2021 MFR Template for US Missionaries will be available.

March 1 – Missionaries who typically receive their support on the 29th will receive their February funds on this day.

March 1 – January Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

March 1 – February Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

April 1 – February Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

April 1 – March Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

Family Fellowship Week

We have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Family Fellowship Week due to COVID-19. We believe it is the wisest and safest choice for our missions family. To celebrate World Wide’s 50 years of service, we are planning a special one-day celebration. More information on this celebration will be forthcoming as details are confirmed.

Benefits of Financial Reports for US Citizens

The Monthly Financial Report (MFR) is the tool that missionaries can use to become accountable to WWNTBM for their reimbursable expenses, rather than having all funds listed as personal earnings. Over the course of 2020, 82% of those eligible chose to submit MFRs. By doing so, they were able to reduce their 1099 Personal Earnings by a combined average of 26.27%. If you are not currently utilizing MFRs and would like information about how to begin, please contact our office.

Financial Status Report

We have uploaded a Financial Status Report to your SecureCloud account, showing figures for the fourth quarter of 2020. This is meant to show you the financial details that we have on file, such as your support estimate and the average amount of support you received this past quarter. This is the information we provide to pastors who may call about your ministry. We ask that all missionaries update their support estimate once every four years, or as their lives and ministries change. Please review this information and contact us if you have any questions.

New Baby

Gideon Josiah Brown was born on January 12. He weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Gideon is the son of Matthew and Nikki Brown. He joins older siblings Joshua (7), Julie (5), Judah (4), and Elijah (2). The Browns are missionaries to Cambodia. Please pray for their family and ministry!

New Uplift Format

We have recently changed our Uplift format! Starting in February, Uplift will become a weekly pre-recorded podcast only and available at any time on our Uplift website, uplift.wwntbm.com. Board Members David Landers, Fred Daniel, Jr., and Gene Krachenfels, along with Bro. John O’Malley will take turns hosting the podcast each week. We hope you find the conversations uplifting and challenging. The introductory episode for this new format can be found here.

Each quarter, we will provide a fellowship Zoom call for our mission family. We will communicate the dates and times to you at a later point.

You can subscribe to the podcast at uplift.wwntbm.com and receive emails or notifications when a new episode airs. The username is wwntbm and the password is gospel. All past episodes of Uplift will continue to be available on the site. You will find many encouraging devotionals and practical sessions.

We recently recorded a video that will show you how you can listen and subscribe to episodes of Uplift. Click here to view that video.

Continue to watch Headquarter Happenings for links to the latest episodes!

We Are Here to Assist You

Often we are asked, “Whom do I contact when I want to get answers to my questions?” If you have a question about a specific area, these are the individuals who can best assist you.

Donations you received:
Brittany Morrow – [email protected]
Rebekah Tolley – [email protected]

Transfers or Funds spent from your accounts:
Please use the Signal App (704-750-9493) to request funds, or call our office on the main phone number.
For questions, you may contact one of these ladies:
Kim O’Malley – Signal Number 704-974-1008
Rebekah Tolley – Signal Number 704-750-9493

Monthly Financial Reports – US Missionaries:
Please use the email address [email protected] to submit financial reports or receipts.
For questions, you may contact one of these ladies:
Naomi Torberson – [email protected]
Hannah Brenneman – [email protected]

Monthly Financial Reports – NRA Missionaries:
Please use the email address [email protected] to submit financial reports or receipts.
For questions, you may contact one of these ladies:
Laura Cmaylo – [email protected]
Naomi Torberson – [email protected]

Prayer Letters:
Please use the email address [email protected] to submit all correspondence related to your prayer letters or address changes.

Quarterly FNPO Reports:

Please use the website https://secure.wwntbm.com/quarterly-reporting/ to submit the report and related bank statements.
For questions, you may contact one of these ladies:

Naomi Torberson – [email protected]
Laura Cmaylo – [email protected]

Kim O’Malley manages the entire office. Our entire Staff exists to serve you and your needs. Each staff member has a specialty, but all will serve all of your needs. Your calls and emails are never a burden. We exist to help you as you serve the Lord. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your needs.

I Serve Others – Helper: January 2021

by John O’Malley

The phrase, I Serve Others, captures all we want to do for the Lord at WWNTBM. Over the next few months, I will write on the values we hold dear in the phrase, I Serve Others. We have already looked at the words inspire, open, and tender.

The H in I Serve Others stands for Helper.

In the book of John, Jesus described the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of the believer. The word He used was Comforter. The Comforter would be a helpful presence in the absence of the Son. The Comforter would come in the name of the Father. The Holy Spirit would teach us all we needed to know of what Christ taught. The Holy Spirit would testify of the Godhead. The presence of the Holy Spirit came after the ascension.

God designed the activities of the Holy Spirit to help us. When our hearts are confused, He helps us understand. When our hearts are overwhelmed, He comforts us with His presence and promises. When our minds are overloaded and we cannot think clearly, He makes His way known. When burdened and dismayed, He comes with a yoke which is easy and a burden which is light.

The Holy Spirit is God’s helper for the believer.

In the WWNTBM family, the Executive Board, the Administration and Staff, and every missionary family know the help the Gospel brings. Each day you are serving in hundreds of locations.

We believe God assembled all of us to help you. Our desire is to help you with the technical and logistical so you can serve. Our passion is to help you with the domestic-based tasks so you can focus on the Great Commission.

Each week in our staff meeting, we read or recite our purpose. Our purpose is:

We serve God’s Great Commission partners so they can focus on giving and going.

We know God’s partners are the churches which send, the churches which support, and the missionaries who are sent.

Our staff of seven arrive in their offices each day to help you. There is no request too odd, too difficult, or too minimal; we love and live to help you. Please ask. Do not serve without all you need to do Great Commission work.

We want to be a helper of Gospel workers around the world. We want to be your helper.

Jesus made it clear; the simple task of giving water to a believer counts. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41)

At WWNTBM, we take this passage and reminder to heart. No request is too burdensome. No request is a bother. No request is inconvenient.

We are here to help you.

Happy New Year!
Yours for the harvest,
John O’Malley

If this article has been an encouragement to you, you can email Bro. O’Malley here to let him know.

The Homegoing of Josefina Sanchez

Josephina Sanchez

June 8, 1951 – December 7, 2020

Josefina L. Martinez Blanco Sanchez was born on June 8, 1951, in Barcelona, Spain.   She trusted Christ as her Savior at the age of 15, and later married Alejandro Sanchez on December 26, 1971.  They had two children, Damaris and Samuel.
When the LORD began working in Bro. Sanchez’s heart about the ministry, Mrs. Fina testified that she “felt peace and knew it was the answer.  Since that time, it has been my goal to serve the Lord by helping in my husband’s ministry, and to be a God-filled wife and mother.” The Sanchez family came to the United States, where they attended Foundations Bible College.  They then returned to Spain, where they served in a pastorate for several years.  They also served in Christian camps and colleges, as well as in a printing ministry.
During this time period, they became acquainted with several World Wide missionaries serving in Spain.  The LORD led them to join WWNTBM in 1997, and they returned to the US to raise support to enable them to start churches throughout Spain.  They were sent out by Trinity Baptist Church in Wilson, NC, which at the time was pastored by Robert Winstead, a founding board member of WWNTBM.
Mrs. Fina was actively involved in teaching ladies and young people.  A favorite ministry each summer was to serve in the kitchen at camp.  She is remembered for her quick smile and sweet spirit.  In addition to her other responsibilities, she was the primary caregiver for their handicapped son, Samuel.
On December 7, Mrs. Fina passed away peacefully at home, and was ushered into the throne room, there to enjoy the presence of her LORD for eternity.  She is survived by her husband Alejandro, daughter Damaris (& Nathan) Kirkpatrick, son Samuel, and eight grandchildren. Please keep the Sanchez family in your prayers.
“The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face;”

From the Memo Board: January 2021

Dates to Know

January 1 – November Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

January 1 – December Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

January 4-5 – The Office will be closed for staff training.

January 8 – Missionaries will receive their statements of December Support Received.

January 13 – All missionaries will receive their final December support on this day, regardless of the day they normally receive support.

January 15 – December Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries, along with any remaining receipts or financial paperwork for 2020.

January 20 – Please check your Tax Info Status Report on SecureCloud and contact us by January 20 if any details need to be changed concerning how we will handle your tax paperwork.

February 1 – 1099 Forms and other tax documentation for the 2020 tax year will be available.

February 1 – January Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

February 15 – The new 2021 MFR Template for US Missionaries will be available.

March 1 – January Financial Reports will be due for US Missionaries.

March 1 – February Financial Reports will be due for Non-Resident Missionaries.

June 21-24 – Family Fellowship Week in Kinston, NC.

SecureCloud Packets

At the end of each month, we scan any mail that has come to the Office and place it in your SecureCloud folder. This would include check stubs for all bills paid by the office, as well as any cards or correspondence from donors. Please be sure to check SecureCloud periodically, especially once you receive the notice that December packets have been uploaded, as many missionaries have received Christmas cards and letters which are available to you there.

January Income Totals

During a typical month, we close the books on the 25th, and any checks received after that date are posted to the following month. Due to receipting requirements, we cannot do this in the month of December. As a result, please be aware that your December support total may be higher than normal, while your January support total may be lower than normal. Please be sure to plan ahead for this!

Housing Allowances for 2021

Housing allowances previously in place have automatically rolled over to the new year. Missionaries who are ordained are eligible to have a housing allowance in place, which can provide certain tax benefits. If you did not have a housing allowance in 2020 and would like to have one for 2021, or if you have questions regarding this, please contact our office.

New Excel Template for US Missionaries

A new Excel template for the year 2021 will be available on February 15. This will give us time to review the need for any possible updates. January financial reports will be due on March 1. Should you wish to complete your January report before the new template is available, you are welcome to submit it on the 2020 template.

New Mileage Rate

Beginning on January 1st, the IRS mileage rate has decreased to $0.560 per mile for business/ministry miles. This change will be reflected in the new Excel template for 2021.

New Tax Form This Year for US Missionaries

The IRS has created a new type of 1099 Form.  In the past, World Wide issued a Form 1099-MISC.  This year, we will issue Form 1099-NEC.  This stands for Non-Employment Compensation.  It is our understanding that this should not affect the manner in which you file your taxes.  It will only affect the form that you receive from us.  Your tax preparer can assist you if you have questions in this area.  Tax forms will be available on SecureCloud by February 1, 2021, and the originals will also be mailed on that day.

New Baby

Congratulations to Stephen and Julie Knickerbocker on the birth of Korben Asher.  He was born on December 7.  He weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 18 inches long.  Korben joins older sisters Alina (4) and Kezia (2).  Please pray for the Knickerbockers and their ministry in Burkina Faso.

Uplift Podcast

The following recordings were recently published on uplift.wwntbm.com. You may access the site by entering the username: wwntbm and the password: gospel. These recordings for our missions family contain the Uplift calls in their entirety, including prayer requests and challenges to our missionaries. We hope they will encourage your heart.

Be A Light by Ted Daub

Why Paul Refused to Quit by Mike Renfrow

The Prosperity of the Wicked by Jeremy Lockhart

Don’t Forget Your Spouse! by Terri Moore

The Homegoing of Ruth Ann Arthurs

Ruth Ann Arthurs

September 16, 1937 – November 27, 2020

Ruth Ann Williams Arthurs was born in Portsmouth, OH on September 16, 1937.  She was the daughter of Edward and Annabelle Young Williams. While attending Bob Jones University she met Dave Arthurs, and they were married on September 1, 1962.

The Arthurs served for some time with TransWorld Radio Ministries. They ministered on Bonaire, one of the Netherlands Antilles islands in the Caribbean; on the island of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean; and in the country of Swaziland, in southern Africa, before spending several years working in a radio ministry on the island of Guam. The Arthurs joined WWNTBM in October of 1982, and they served for several years in the World Wide Office in New Bern, NC.

In December of 1987, the Lord led them to Pohnpei, where they began working with the Calvary Baptist Church and School. In addition to beginning the Calvary Radio Station on Pohnpei, they were used of the Lord to help start radio stations on the islands of Chuuk, Majuro, and Yap, as well as in Africa.

Ruth Ann continued the radio station ministry after the passing of her husband in 2013 until she was able to turn it over to the Eibens in 2015.  Although she retired from active service at that time, she remained a vital source of encouragement, counsel, and support for the ministries in Pohnpei.  She was an active member of Bethel Calvary Baptist Church in Taylors, SC.

On Friday, November 27, Ruth Ann left behind her robe of flesh and entered the presence of her Savior, where she was reunited with her husband.  She is survived by her daughter, Denise Arthurs of Taylors, SC; and her sister, Judy Bolin of Columbus, OH.

Plans are being made for a memorial service, to be held in South Carolina at a future date.  We will keep the World Wide family informed of details as they are made available.  Condolences may be sent to Denise Arthurs, 2 Bond Street, Taylors, SC 29687, or by email to [email protected].

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. . . . Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”