From the Memo Board: August 2016

New Staff Member

Sanderlin, Emily Jun 16Emily Sanderlin joined our Office Staff on July 11. Emily graduated from Ambassador Baptist College in 2015. Since then, she has been working in her parent’s heating and cooling business. She is originally from Hillsdale, IL, and is the youngest of five siblings. She enjoys being an aunt to 14 nieces and nephews. Emily is a member at Tri-City Baptist Church in Forest City, NC, with Pastor James Hollandsworth (the sending church of Mike and Sue Smith). Her initial tasks will include processing support checks. You can reach her by email at [email protected].

 

Updated Excel Template

We updated our Monthly Financial Reports to reflect the changes in the US Government’s daily meal allowance rates. The base rate increased from $46 per day to $51 per day. The updated version can be downloaded here. If you have any questions please contact Naomi Torberson.

Special Projects in Prayer Letters

Occasionally you may need to raise funds for a project where you serve. For each financial need you mention in a prayer letter, email, or while on the road, we need to prepare to receive funds for it at the Missions Office. One of the ways we prepare for receiving your funds is preset by the IRS. It is the guideline of the IRS that our Executive Board approves to receive funds for your project. The Executive Board does not want to vote on receiving funds for your project without you obtaining your Pastor’s approval of the project.

Here is how you can help. Before you publish these needs and projects, please communicate with your sending pastor. Then, email [email protected] to let us know about the project and your pastor’s approval.

Student Intern

Nai GonzagaNai Gonzaga spent a week with us in July, completing a portion of her internship requirements for Ambassador Baptist College. One of the ministries our staff enjoys being a part of is training students for whatever the Lord has called them to do, whether on the mission field or in a church office. Nai is hoping to one day return to the mission field of Brazil.

From Our President: August 2016

Danny Whetstone

Paul dealt with many problems in the church at Corinth. One of those problems was so important that he dedicated an entire chapter to it. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul instructed the church on the truth concerning the resurrection of Christ. Not only did he deal with the fact of Christ’s resurrection, but also with how it will affect us directly between now and the resurrection of the saints.

We learn from this that we are already victorious simply because Christ got up out of the grave. Victory is not in question! There will undoubtedly be difficult days during our earthly journey, but in the end, victory has already been secured for us. There are probably days when it seems that absolutely everything goes wrong. Maybe there are even times when you feel that it just is not worth the effort. However, I remind you that we know the final score, and no matter what it looks like on a daily basis, we know that Christ lives to provide for us victory by His power.

Furthermore, because we have this promise, we should be motivated to be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” It seems that we are living in a time when mediocrity is the flavor of the day. Treading water, getting by, and doing less than our best is the acceptable norm. Our world has never needed our fervent witness for Christ more than it does today. We certainly do not live in a day when there is any danger of anyone accusing us of being fanatical.

The unscriptural teaching concerning the resurrection was not only affecting the believers in Corinth, but it was also confusing to the lost. Paul challenged the church to wake up and realize that not everyone knew the truth, and charged that they should be ashamed for making things even worse by their arguments concerning the resurrection. It seems as though Corinth has spread to the entire world today. Arguments have superseded our burden for a lost world far too often.

This is the perfect time for us to be steadfast. This is the perfect time for us to be unmovable. This would be the perfect time for us to abound in the work of the Lord. May God so manifest Himself to us that we would realize that we cannot only have victory in the future, but we can have it today.

May the Lord bless your labor of love for His glory.

In His Service,
Danny A. Whetstone

Prayer & Dates: August 2016

August Prayer/Praises and Special Dates

Click the link above to download a PDF of prayer requests and praises as well as the birthdays and anniversaries for August. Note: You will need to login to SecureCloud in order to view this document. Once you have logged in, click on Files, Shared, then Headquarter Happenings, then scroll to the month you would like to view. This step protects people with WWNTBM in restricted access fields.

Ministry Milestones 2016

We would like to recognize several ministry milestones that are being reached during the year 2016. We are grateful for these individuals who continue to serve faithfully.

Bill Wingard has served on the Executive Board for 45 years, as the founder and chairman. He and his wife, Arlie, are from New Bern, NC, where he pastors Calvary Baptist Church.
Clyde Eborn has served on the Executive Board for 45 years, as a founding board member. He and his wife, Shelby, are from Newport, NC, where he pastors Grace Baptist Church.
Dwight Williams has served on the Executive Board for 15 years. He and his wife, Peggy, are from New Bern, NC, where he has been the assistant pastor at Calvary Baptist Church for 35 years.
Leslie & Amy Bourdess have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Alaska with their three children: Whitney, Charity, and Chasity.
Leslie & Amy Bourdess have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Alaska with their three children: Whitney, Charity, and Chasity.
Matthew & Nikki Brown have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Cambodia with their two children, Joshua & Julie, and are expecting another baby in January.
Matthew & Nikki Brown have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Cambodia with their two children, Joshua & Julie, and are expecting another baby in January.
Melissa Carlson has been a missionary with World Wide for 10 years. She serves in Sweden.
Melissa Carlson has been a missionary with World Wide for 10 years. She serves in Sweden.
Gabriel & Susan Eiben have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with their son, Benjamin.
Gabriel & Susan Eiben have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with their son, Benjamin.
Clayton & Linda Eliam have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with their five children: Cheryl, Nathan, Hadassah, Keila, and Timothy.
Clayton & Linda Eliam have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with their five children: Cheryl, Nathan, Hadassah, Keila, and Timothy.
Eric & Molly Franks have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in India.
Eric & Molly Franks have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in India.
Ghassan & Ghada Haddad have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Jordan with their two daughters, Madeliene and Emily.
Ghassan & Ghada Haddad have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Jordan with their two daughters, Madeliene and Emily.
Jeremy & Tonya Kenney have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They are preparing to go to Ghana with their three children, Abigail, Caleb, and Micah.
Jeremy & Tonya Kenney have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They are preparing to go to Ghana with their three children, Abigail, Caleb, and Micah.
Ramesh & Christina Kumar have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in India.
Ramesh & Christina Kumar have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in India.
Robert & Pat Mathena have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in Grenada.
Robert & Pat Mathena have been missionaries with World Wide for 30 years. They serve in Grenada.
Allen & Marion Mercer have been missionaries with World Wide for 25 years. They serve in South Africa.
Allen & Marion Mercer have been missionaries with World Wide for 25 years. They serve in South Africa.
Rick & Brenda Osborn have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Liberia.
Rick & Brenda Osborn have been missionaries with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Liberia.
Sonny & Lihna Padock have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with two of their children still at home, Roland and Sonsha.
Sonny & Lihna Padock have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia, with two of their children still at home, Roland and Sonsha.
David & Millie Preston have been with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.
David & Millie Preston have been with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.
David & Melissa Price have been with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in France with their two children, Karis and Ian.
David & Melissa Price have been with World Wide for 5 years. They serve in France with their two children, Karis and Ian.
Jerrel & Delia Shaw have been with World Wide for 40 years. They serve in Mexico.
Jerrel & Delia Shaw have been with World Wide for 40 years. They serve in Mexico.
Josh & Joanna Town have been with World Wide for 5 years. They have recently returned from Lebanon, and are transitioning to a ministry with Muslims in Philadelphia, PA, along with their three daughters, Juliana, Jayla, and Jennifer.
Josh & Joanna Town have been with World Wide for 5 years. They have recently returned from Lebanon, and are transitioning to a ministry with Muslims in Philadelphia, PA, along with their three daughters, Juliana, Jayla, and Jennifer.
Ricardo & Antelise Vera Cruz have been with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia.
Ricardo & Antelise Vera Cruz have been with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in Pohnpei, Micronesia.
Georg & Opal Zimmer have been with World Wide for 15 years. They serve in a global ministry, teaching block classes in Bible Institutes on various mission fields.
Georg & Opal Zimmer have been with World Wide for 15 years. They serve in a global ministry, teaching block classes in Bible Institutes on various mission fields.

Ministry Messages

Daily Sessions

Our theme for this week was “Workers Together with God.” The theme was drawn from II Corinthians 6:1-10. We had nine messages and three vignettes which exposited and explored our theme. Imagine what it would have been like to spend time with the Apostle Paul, and to ask him questions about his relationship with God, his relationship with other workers, the character needed in the ministry, and the challenges every missionary and pastor face. These messages were the answers, as Paul may have responded.

Paul’s Relationship with Barnabas – Dalton Heath:

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Opposites often attract each other. This is true in marriages and ministries. God orchestrates this in order to give balance. Such was the case with Paul and Barnabas. They differed in personalities. Barnabas was an encourager, compassionate, and full of consolation. Paul on the other hand was evangelistic and bold in the faith, not afraid of controversy. They differed in education. Barnabas, as an ex-patriot Levite from Cyprus, was likely not highly educated. Paul, as we know, had the highest training of his day. They differed in ministry skills. Paul was well known even before his conversion. Barnabas is always in the background. As a Roman citizen, Paul was likely more skilled in Grecian culture. Yet God had a purpose for each of them in the ministry. We must be careful not to allow little irritations of life to give occasion to violent explosions. Missionaries are usually highly motivated and intently focused. Don’t let those factors influence you to assume your work is more important than that of others.

Paul’s Relationship with God during his Years of Preparation – Danny Whetstone:

Paul had an impressive resume before meeting Christ, but it was all in the flesh. It is little
dwwonder that he was so zealous for Christ after salvation, when we see how zealous he was prior to salvation. If we think we can accomplish much in the flesh, imagine what can be truly accomplished with God on our side! Paul often tells of his adversities, but only with the goal of sharing about how great God was to bring him through. Attitude often determines the outcome. We know the end of Paul’s story, and how God brought him through adversities, but we don’t know the end of our own story. How will you handle the adversities that come your way? Click here for audio file.

Paul’s Relationship with God during his Years of Propagation – Barry Goodman:

GoodmanAs workers with God, we must remember that the real work is accomplished when we work with God, in His way. Never forget that you are working for God, not the other way around. As Paul propagated the Gospel, he was positionally right, principled, and believed the message was personal both in his relationship with God and with others. Paul illustrated three “nots” we must have in our own ministry. He was not ashamed of Christ. He was not afraid, for he knew Whom he believed. He did not accept glory for himself. Paul gloried in his infirmities, only so that Christ could be glorified as He enabled, enveloped, and encouraged Paul and others through the trials. Click here for audio file.

Paul’s Relationship with God during his Years of Preservation – Russell Bell:

We must remain excited about what the Lord has done and continues to do inBell our life and ministry. Paul was excited about his conversion. He confessed over and over who he was in the past and who he was after salvation – a saved saint who was still a sinner but for the grace of God. Paul never quit communicating the message that we have one God and one Mediator. He was confident in the gifts God gave him, the Spirit of victory, power, love, and a sound mind. Paul reflected on his call to preach, and also remembered the conflicts he had faced. He was a fighter, but also a finisher. He did not give up in the fight. Lastly, Paul focused on his Captain, the Lord Who stood with him, strengthened him, spoke through him, saved him, and sealed or preserved him. May we too rejoice in the Lord’s preservation! Click here for audio file.

Paul’s Relationship with Aquila and Priscilla – David Landers:

landersThis relationship demonstrated the providential workings of God. God had worked in Paul’s life to bring him to Corinth, just as He had been working in the lives of Aquila and Priscilla to bring them together to this place. Often we desire to go where the Gospel has not been preached, yet God will in that place lead us to someone already saved, to be an encouragement to us. This pair had a desire to serve and minister together. The power of God was evident to change their lives and enable them to lay aside their goals to travel with Paul. Click here for audio file.

The Conflicts of a Ministry Worker – Frank Camp:

We will not be in ministry long before we face situations that can create conflicts. The key is to remember that we are camp2working with God, and that He has put us in this situation for a purpose. Conditions that can cause conflict do not need to. Some of these conditions are brought into our lives by our Sovereign God seeking to condition and grow us. Some are brought by sinful men trying our consecration. Sometimes we face conditions that are self-imposed as we labor, watch, and fast in order to complete our ministry. Instead of allowing these situations to create conflict, we can turn them to opportunities to trust God and develop our patience. (Is. 28:16) Click here for audio file.

The Character of a Ministry Worker – Gene Krachenfels:

KrachenfelsAfter a blizzard of troubles, our character is revealed in these qualities. Qualities of our mind reveal our choices, to think with pureness, poise (knowledge), and patience. Qualities of our heart reveal our concern to do right before God by being sweet, submissive, and sincere. Qualities of our service reveal our compassion for others as we share the Word of God, doing the work of God in his power, and using the weaponry God has given to equip us. Click here for audio file.

The Contradictions of a Ministry Worker – David Fulp:

FulpOur passage shows that Paul faced trials, and had been given the tools to deal with them. It then sets forth a series of paradoxes that seem to contradict, but through which Paul expressed truths we must learn as we seek to avoid being a stumbling block to others. We must never compromise our message. We must always stay in the fight. We must always learn to be content, which is a life-long process. Click here for audio file.

Paul’s Relationship with Timothy – Joel Dickens:

DickensPaul’s relationship with Timothy illustrates the importance of having and being a mentor. If you are not training others, you are preparing for your ministry to die with you. Why is it important to have a Timothy, and how do we counsel a Paul? We must choose to show love to the individual, for the work of the Lord, and the Lord Himself. We must have humility, realizing that there are things we can learn both from our older mentors and from the younger individuals we will mentor. We must have patience as we see the faults in others, and remember that we have faults of our own. Click here for audio file.

A Ministry Worker’s Role – Tim Daniel:

Tim DAs we serve, we must always be confident that we are working with Christ. Though our body and flesh can be a burden, we are empowered by the Holy spirit. We must be ambitious workers, desiring to be accepted both now and at the Judgement Seat of Christ because of our knowledge of Christ, the fear of the Lord, and the love of the Lord. We must be ambassadors, working for Christ. Ambassadors have attributes of being chosen, protected, held accountable, and called home before war is declared. Ambassadors speak with authority of the one who has called them. We must share Christ’s message of reconciliation. Click here for audio file.

A Ministry Worker’s Goals – Ernest Bauserman:

BausermanAs a worker with God, our goal is to press towards the prize, and to do so without offense. Scripture is full of warnings that, while others will be offended by the Gospel, we must be careful not to cause undue offense ourself, so that the ministry itself is protected. While we cannot keep others from being offended, we must strive to ensure it is the Gospel that offends, not our attitude, actions, or approach. When you offend personally, others will be affected, and blame will be cast upon the work of God. Click here for audio file.

Workers Together with God – John O’Malley:

JOOur final question for Paul is this, “How did you get to the place where you could go on in life, where afflictions were a mere blip on the radar and not a cause for drama?” Paul’s philosophy recognized that he had a cause and a reason not to faint, and therefore he had to view his afflictions as a light thing. We can emulate his life when we claim Paul’s view of afflictions as our own. No affliction is too heavy when weighed on God’s scale. No affliction is too long when viewed on God’s clock. No affliction is too costly when paid through God’s payroll. No affliction is too much when we consider God’s plan. Click here for audio file.

Main Services

Monday Evening – Bill Wingard:

wingardGod never sends, He always leads. In Genesis 46, God encouraged Jacob as he prepared to move into Egypt, an unfamiliar place that pictures the world. Jacob was preparing to see the fulfillment of dreams he had long thought were impossible, yet God promised he would soon be reunited with Joseph. In our life too, we will see that God always seasons His delays, and glorious indeed are the seasons that follow His delays in our life. We must fear not to go where God leads. Click here for audio file.

Tuesday Evening – Michael West:

WestPaul’s mission statement for his life is found in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ …” This was the passion of his heart, and an intensely personal commitment which reflected his purpose. Paul never got over the fact that he, a sinner, could be loved by God. He had a productive attitude (Gal. 5:22), which lead to productive actions (Phil. 1:11), and brought forth productive additions (Rom. 1:13). Paul had seen all heaven had to offer, yet he longed to live longer on this earth, so that he could bring honor to Christ. Don’t wait for time to take away from you your desire for earthly things. Live today as though Christ is truly the most important thing in your life. Click here for audio file.

Wednesday Evening – Fred Daniel, Jr.:

Fred DAs we run for the prize, we must consider the track God has given. It is an agonizing race, but the track is approved for you. Though it holds annoyances, we must actively run with patience and endurance. We must consider the teammates God has provided. These witnesses testify from personal experience that they know God was faithful in their race and will be in yours. We must lay aside the troubles that can hinder. We must follow our team leader, Jesus Christ. He cut the track for us and has run it before us, showing that it can be completed. We must run for the tape, looking to Christ for the strength to reach the goal and win the prize. Click here for audio file.

Thursday Evening – Danny Whetstone:

dwGod has promised to freely give us all things, gives only good things, and has told us that all things will work together for good. What things do you desire? Paul desired God’s purpose in his service. He longed to show God’s power in his stoning. Every Christian wants to see God’s power, but so few are willing to pay the price to see it displayed in their own life. Paul longed for God’s presence in the storms. May we desire the best things! Click here for audio file.

Ministry Quotes

“God allows us to gather wood, but He has to bring the fire.” — Bill Wingard

“We are all nobodies, but if we are willing to submit to God, we can be used to change the world.  It is not up to us to decide if God is working; we must simply follow.” — Chad Estep

“As Christians we are preserved in Christ, but not pickled. Show the joy of the Lord!” — Russell Bell

“Anything that is alive grows. We as Christians must continue to grow in Christ.” — Bill Wingard

“If Christ were taken from your life, would you notice anything missing?” — Michael West

Ministry Matters

This year included a session devoted to questions and answers regarding the ministry. Here are answers that may be helpful to you.

Q: What books are recommended to encourage marriages?

*Please note that WWNTBM does not necessarily endorse all of the content of these books, nor all books by these authors. Please read with discretion.

Q: What tips will help those just getting to the field?

Click here to read a compilation of testimonies written by some of our missionaries, regarding their first ninety days on the field that we are posting this month. You can read the entire compilation here in PDF format. 

  • Set up your house first. Get it set up and get completely settled before you try to do anything else.
  • Take time early to learn the money, the various denominations, and how the exchange rates work. Roll with it if someone tries to take advantage of you.
  • Start a journal of experiences, including trials, struggles, and blessings. This will be good for you to look back on, and will be a help to your children as well. Along with this, keep a copy of every prayer letter you send.
  • Don’t be worried if those in your new culture think you are weird or different. You are!
  • Don’t expect things to move smoothly. Things in other countries will not work the same as they do in the US.
  • Don’t regret their culture. Their way is ok, even if it is different.
  • Learn to listen to the veteran missionaries on your field. Their advice can help to keep you out of trouble. Ask for and record lessons they have learned.
  • Learn to live on their time.
  • Identify with and circulate in the community. Be seen out and about to develop relationships. Show the locals that you are willing to learn from them.
  • Never forget that you are a guest in their country.
  • There will always be things in your new culture that will be hard. Learn to find what you love about it and focus on those areas.
  • Don’t try to make them American. Part of an indigenous ministry means that it should not be exotic. Don’t try to make your church plant a palm tree on an iceberg. Your church should resemble that culture.
  • When all does not go as you planned, step back and wait on God to reveal His plan.
  • Keep in mind the three major world views, and which one is predominant in your culture. It will help you as you relate to others. 1) Right / Wrong – predominantly a Western mindset 2) Shame / Honor – predominantly an Eastern mindset 3) Fear / Power – predominantly an African mindset
  • When folks are saved, bring them into the discussions and decisions of the ministry. Respect those who live there, and work with them so they realize this ministry is not just about you.
  • Learn what they really need, now what you want to do for them. They might need songbooks rather than more Bibles.
  • Whatever you do, do it legally. It may take more time and money, but it will be worth it.

Q: What tips will help encourage your children to love the ministry?

  • Involve them.
  • Love the ministry yourself, and show that to them. Don’t make it seem miserable. Never speak ill of the ministry or of people.
    Be real. Admit your own mistakes.
    Don’t let the ministry steal family time.
  • Don’t display embarrassing family moments publicly.
  • Help kids realize that the local culture is also their culture, and teach them to embrace it.
  • Remind them that difficulties come to everyone, not just to those in the ministry. Plumbers have bad days too!
    Let them see the blessings of God on a regular basis. Share answers to prayer!
  • Don’t make them feel like they will be second class servants if God does not lead them into a “full time” ministry position. His will is not the same for everyone!
  • Don’t forget about their need of salvation, and until they are saved don’t expect more of them than they are able to do without the Holy Spirit’s enabling.
  • Remember that the only perfect family ever created did not last long. In spite of your good intentions, your children may not turn out as you hope. Not all individuals are the same. Help your children find out who they are, and support them. Be proud of their accomplishments regardless of the area in which they are expressed. Don’t allow them to defeat you and run you out of the ministry. You cannot make their decisions for them. Forgive their mistakes, and let them know you have forgiven them and still love them.

Ministry Moments

We paused this week to hear testimonies from three men in varying stages of deputation. Here is what they shared with us.

Beginning deputation:

StelzigNick & Lindsey Stelzig, along with their son Gabriel, have recently begun deputation to plant churches in Boston, Massachusetts. He shared how God has taught them that He will always provide what we need, when we need it. We must keep a right perspective and attitude, to ensure that we do not become discontent with God during times of waiting.

During deputation:

smothersJoel Smothers is in the midst of his deputation to go to Brazil, where he will minister alongside of the Dickens family. He shared how the Lord has impressed him with Proverbs 4:7. We must seek wisdom and understanding above all. Deputation is a great time to learn things you will need on the field. When you seek this, the Lord will give more than and greater than you expect. One special blessing God has given him on deputation was in leading him to his fiancé, Noel Ring, who grew up as a missionary in Brazil and is currently serving in Puerto Rico. They plan to be married in June of 2017.

Finishing deputation:

One of our missionaries has just completed deputation and will leave this week to go to the Far East. (Their names have been omitted for security purposes.) He shared that the greatest lesson they learned was to expect nothing, for we deserve nothing. If our attitude on deputation is that we are in it for the money, we are no better than someone working in the secular world. Prayer support is so much more important. Our faith must not rest in what man can give us, but in the power of God.