Planning for the Future

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?” Proverbs 27:23-24

“For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.”  II Corinthians 12:14

Scripture clearly teaches the principle of planning for the future and making preparations to care for succeeding generations. Missionaries often focus so much attention on getting to the field and the resources needed for ministry, that they forget about this important area. We daily focus on telling others about the brevity of life. As we encourage others to plan for their eternal future, let us not forget to plan for our earthly future.

Practical steps you can take to ensure peace of mind for your family:

1 – Make a Will

  • You and your spouse should have individual wills, which include instructions if you are survived by your spouse, or if you and your spouse both pass at the same time.
  • Decide who will be your executor.
  • Decide who will care for your children.
  • Decide who will receive your belongings.
  • Decide what items will go to specific individuals (wedding rings, family heirlooms, etc.).
  • Decide on the amount(s) to give to charity.
  • Decide who will care for pets.
  • Be sure all names in the will are spelled correctly to avoid delays.
  • Do not sign your wills until you are in the presence of a notary public and two competent witnesses unrelated to you who are not beneficiaries to the will!

2 – Prepare Other Legal Documents

  • Designate Power of Attorney(s) to handle financial matters.
  • Designate Power of Attorney(s) for health matters.
  • Consider having your spouse as a co-signer on all financial accounts.

3 – Obtain Life Insurance

  • Consider funds to cover funeral expenses and possible repatriation of remains.
  • Consider the possibility of moving your family home from the field.
  • Consider any one-time expenses you wish to fund, such as paying off any outstanding debt.
  • Consider income to help your family into the future.

4 – Consider Funeral Preparations

  • What can you record that will be helpful to loved ones who will need to make difficult decisions during an emotional time?
  • Where do you wish to be buried?
  • Are there specific verses or songs that are special to you?
  • What are significant dates in your life, including your salvation and call to service?

5 – Create a Legacy Drawer 

  • This is a single location to store all important documents.
  • Include a list of all financial accounts, with account numbers, contact information for the financial institutions, and passwords to access online details.
  • Include documents such as Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, Passports, Wedding License, Deeds, Titles, etc. If originals are in a safety deposit box, include copies and details of how to locate originals.
  • Include passwords, combinations, usernames, PINs, etc. Be sure to include information about your online presence such as social media accounts and personal websites.
  • Click here to view Dave Ramsey’s complete article for more details.

Resources:

1 – Recommended Advisors

  • Accountant
  • Investments Advisor
  • Life Insurance Agent
  • Banking Advisor
  • Attorney

2 – Websites

Prayer & Dates: June 2019

June 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 June. 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.

From Our President: June 2019

Danny Whetstone

This month we will meet in Edinburg, Virginia, for the annual Family Fellowship Meeting of WWNTBM. I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to those that have contributed so much to see this work go forward.

God very clearly chose Pastor Bill Wingard to get this mission underway, and he has been at the helm serving the Lord faithfully from the beginning. Pastor Wingard is the founder and serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board. He is the heart of this mission. He has steered us through some troubled seas through the years, and we will always be grateful for his leadership. On a personal note, I would like to thank him for allowing me to serve with him in this ministry for the last thirty-four years. Many of you are fairly new to the mission. Perhaps you have not had the opportunity to spend much time with Pastor Wingard. When you get to the meeting in Edinburg, make sure that you go out of your way to meet him in a personal way.

My memory would fail me to list all of the board members who have served this work since the beginning, but we would not be what we are today without these faithful pastors that have given of themselves to serve World Wide in so many ways. These men love this mission. I would encourage each of you to get to know them personally. All of these servants of our Lord are approachable.

It was twenty-six years ago that the Lord blessed WWNTBM by leading Dr. John O’Malley to join us in this work. Brother O’Malley now serves as the General Director of the mission. For many of you, he is your first contact with this ministry. If he was not your first contact, you have learned very quickly that he is your advocate. He deals with the day-to-day operation of the mission under the leadership of Pastor Wingard and the Executive Board. It would be impossible to adequately tell all that Brother O’Malley has added to the operation of the mission.

Brother Jeremy Lockhart has joined the team and is working alongside of Dr. O’Malley. Brother Lockhart serves as Director of Deputation. We certainly appreciate the Lockharts and thank the Lord for sending them to this ministry for such a time as this.

Words cannot express our thankfulness for Mrs. O’Malley and the ladies that work so diligently to serve the missionaries of World Wide. Please look for opportunities to share with them your appreciation for their endless labor on our behalf.

This mission exists to serve the missionary families who have chosen to go to the mission field with the assistance of World Wide. We are here for you. This is your mission. If for any reason you are not proud to be associated with WWNTBM, please give us a chance to work on whatever troubles you. We are grateful for the privilege of serving you in your calling.

In His Service,
Danny A. Whetstone

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

From the Memo Board: June 2019

Dates to Know

June 7 – The Office will be closed for a staff outing

June 17 – 20 – Family Fellowship Week in Edinburg, VA

July 1 – Revised pay date for those who normally receive funds on the 29th

July 1 – May financial reports will be due

July 4 – The Office will be closed in celebration of Independence Day

August 1 – June financial reports will be due

New Missionary

We are pleased to welcome Jackie and Brittany Elwart to the World Wide family. Bro. Jackie has served as the assistant pastor to Tim Daniel at the New Testament Baptist Church in Kinston since 2012. His wife, Brittany, has also served as the church secretary at New Testament. They are preparing to begin deputation in September to plant a church in Big Bear, California. The Elwarts have three daughters: Charlotte (12), Audrey (10), and Sadie (8). Pray for them as they sell their home in NC and begin deputation.

New Baby


Valiana Faith Jenney was born on May 1. She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Valiana is the first daughter of Stephen and Charity Jenney, who are church planters in California. The Jenneys have three boys: Judson (4), Samuel (3), and Noah (2). Pray for them as they have just begun holding services for their new church.

New Engagement

Colton Lee and Melodie Bloyer are engaged to be married in November. Colton does short-term evangelistic missions trips several times a year to different locations. He recently served as furlough replacement for Michael & Nora Deatrick in the Solomon Islands, and will soon travel to Yap to replace Paul & Sherry Zimmer for three months. Pray for this couple as they prepare to be married and make plans for their future together!

50th Anniversary Celebration!

Danny and Darleen Whetstone will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 7th. The Whetstones met when they were eight and nine years old in Panacea, FL. The Lord has blessed them with four children, 16 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. The Whetstones served together in pastorates in Greenville, SC, and Greeneville, TN, before being called into missionary service. They minister in missions conferences and revivals, as well as make visits to missionaries around the world. This year, they have moved back into a travel trailer, as they spend some 330 days of the year on the road. If you would like to send congratulations to them you may do so by email to [email protected].

Summer Intern


Lauren Boyer spent a week with us in May, 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 ministry office. Please pray for Lauren as she serves the Lord at the Wilds Christian Camp this summer and returns to finish her education at ABC this fall.

Visitors in the Office

We love visiting with our missions family! If you are ever in the area, please drop in to see us. Here are some recent pictures.

Kris and Rose Marie Blumer serve in Peru.
Matthew, Colleen, and Aiden Dundon are on deputation to reach the deaf in Philadelphia.
Elsa Ramirez serves in Mexico.

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.

Lessons from a Woman Who Needed Healing by Jeremy Lockhart

Organizing Missionary Financial Reports by Ernie and Nancy Wyrick

Affliction Causes Growth by Gene Krachenfels

The Joy of Soul-Winning by Bruce Rhew

How to Treat Your Wife on Deputation by Jeremy Lockhart

Choose Charity! by Markie Bullock

The Compassion of Christ by Edgar Feghaly

Making Effective Calls on Deputation by Leland Johnson

The God of All Comfort by Michael Grove

Full of Grace and Truth by Andy Bonikowsky

Making Cold Calls on Deputation by Nick Stelzig

For His Name’s Sake by David Landers

Ten Best Practices on Deputation by Doug Carragher

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do by Josh Town

From the Desk of a Friend: David’s Plea for Help

Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Psalm 141:1-4

This Psalm begins with David’s urgent crying to the Lord for a listening ear. The nature of his plea is a CRY for help of a preventative nature. To this author, it seems we all should cry out to God for the same needs. This cry is not just a shallow, half-hearted request. David asks for it to be his Passover offering (v.2).

The first request pertains to a universal need of every person, Christian or not. He declares, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” The products of our lips can be either very helpful or very harmful. James 1:26 warns us to bridle (control) our tongue. Failure to do so deceives us, and our religion is vain. James also states in chapter 3, “If we offend not in word, the same is a perfect man (mature) and able to bridle the whole body.” He compares the power of the tongue to the bit in a horse’s mouth, the helm of a ship, and a flame of fire. He refers to the tongue as a world of iniquity. This small organ of our body “setteth on fire the course of nature; and is set on fire of hell.” This same little organ can also “bless God.” With this kind of potential in such a tiny organ, it is no wonder the psalmist pleads for help to control it in a way that blesses rather than harms.

David pleads again to God with a second request for the heart of the man controlling the tongue. “Incline not his heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity:” Jesus speaks to this in Matthew 12:34-35. “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

These words of Jesus Christ reveal that if we have a right heart, it will go a long way to controlling the little organ bent toward evil. In other words, the power of the tongue can be tempered or managed by the heart. We enjoy this control when we fill our minds with the Word of God and maintain a close relationship with Jesus Christ. A miracle occurs when a rough-talking sinner’s vocabulary changes after accepting Christ. His interpersonal relationships now grow from a heart of love instead of a bitter heart and tongue. We must thank our Savior for His amazing grace. His grace gives us good thoughts and words and cleanses us from the world’s filth.

If Bro. Hurst’s article is an encouragement to you, please email him to let him know. You may also visit ebarnabas.org to make an appointment with him for encouragement.