Ministry Milestones 2019

We would like to recognize several ministry milestones that are being reached during the year 2019. We are grateful for these individuals who continue to serve faithfully.

Fred Daniel, Jr., has served on the Executive Board for 30 years, and is the Secretary/Treasurer for the board. He and his wife, Beth, are from Greensboro, NC, where he pastors the Brookhaven Baptist Church. The Daniels are the parents of our missionaries Fred III (Brittany) Daniel, and Hannah (Rolando) Ortiz, both of whom serve in Mexico. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Michael West has served on the Executive Board for 20 years, and is the 2nd Vice-Chairman for World Wide. He and his wife, Boone, are from Ocala, FL, where he pastors the Memorial Baptist Church. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Rebekah Tolley has served as Office Assistant for our staff for five years. Her focus is missionary communication, prayer letters, and event coordination. She and her husband, Brandon, live near the office and are members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Shelby, NC.
Naomi Torberson has served as Office Manager Assistant for our staff for fifteen years. Her focus is tax research, financial reports, and Headquarter Happenings. She lives near the office and is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC.
John and Christa Boylston have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They served on the island of Pohnpei for some time, working primarily in a Bible translation ministry. They have since returned to the US due to health concerns. They are members of Maranatha Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. The Boylstons have five children.
Allinson and Floretta DaCosta have been missionaries with World Wide for 35 years. They serve on their home islands of Nevis and Saint Kitts in the Caribbean. They have also been involved with an orphanage ministry in Zimbabwe for many years.
Charles and Abigail David have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in their home country of India, where he pastors the Tirupattur Baptist Church and also teaches at a Bible Institute. Their ministry also extends into the Jawadi Hills area. Abigail is the daughter of Molly Franks and her late husband, Eric. The Davids have two children.
Michael and Nora Deatrick have been missionaries with World Wide for five years. They serve in the Solomon Islands. The Deatricks are sent out of the First Baptist Church of Wayland, MO. They have two living children.
Mike and Kristen Gali have been missionaries with World Wide for 15 years and serve in Chile. They are sent out of the Gateway Baptist Church of Rising Sun, MD, with Pastor David Landers, who is an Executive Board member of WW. The Galis have three children.
Adrian and Emma Hendricks have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in their home country of India, where he pastors the Heritage Baptist Church. They also have a Bible Institute and Learning Center. Their ministry also extends into the Jawadi Hills area. Emma is the daughter of Molly Franks and her late husband, Eric. The Hendricks have three sons.
Lewis and Kim Howell have been missionaries with World Wide for 15 years. They serve in New Zealand. They are sent out of the Faith Baptist Church of Shelby, NC, with Pastor Barry Goodman, who is an Executive Board member of WW. The Howells have two daughters.
Joy Johnston has been a missionary with World Wide for 10 years. She and her late husband, Norman, served for many years in Korea, Vancouver, and PA before moving to NC where they served at Ambassador Baptist College and assisted several churches. Since his home-going in 2018, she has continued working in the Shelby area and remains a member at the church they helped start, Every Nation Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. She has four children and many grandchildren.
Lisa Kendrick has been a missionary with World Wide for 15 years. She serves in a church in Germany, reaching those in the US military. Lisa is sent out of the Mountain View Baptist Church of Birmingham, AL. She recently resigned her position with the military and is now on deputation to raise full support to better focus her energies in the ministry. Lisa is the sister of World Wide missionary Julia (Keith) Klaus, who also serves in Germany.
George and Patty Milgrim have been missionaries with World Wide for 20 years. They served in Pohnpei and Guam before the Lord moved them to their current ministry in Hawaii. They are sent out of the Temple Baptist Church of Madison Heights, VA. The Milgrims have four children and many grandchildren.
Francis and Leena Newton have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. They serve in their home country of India, where he pastors the Whitefield Baptist Church and is the principal of the Grace Baptist School for the Hearing and Hearing Impaired. Their ministry also extends into the Jawadi Hills area. Leena is the daughter of Molly Franks and her late husband, Eric. The Newtons have three children and one grandson.
Elsa Ramirez has been a missionary with World Wide for 30 years, but has been active in missions longer than that. She previously served in Spain and France before the Lord called her back to her home country of Mexico in 1999. Her focus is on teaching music and helping in ladies discipleship.
Mike Renfrow serves on the Board of Reference for WWNTBM. This year he and his wife Priscilla celebrated five years of ministry as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. They served in evangelism out of Trinity for many years, before stepping into the pastorate when Bro. Robert Winstead, a founding member of World Wide, went to be with the Lord. The Renfrows have four children.
Mike and Sue Smith have been missionaries with World Wide for 10 years. Their ministry focus is to connect individuals with needs in the Western US. They served for a time in Colorado, and have been in Arizona since 2013. They are sent out of the Tri-City Baptist Church in Forest City, NC. The Smiths have five children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Joel and Noel Smothers have been missionaries with World Wide for five years. They are sent out of the Trinity Baptist Church in Milton, FL, with Pastor Paul Woody, who is a former World Wide missionary to the Dominican Republic. The Smothers have one son. They are preparing to move to Brazil this fall, where they will assist Joel and Cynthia Dickens.
Paul and Sherry Zimmer have been missionaries with World Wide for 20 years. They serve in Yap, Micronesia, where he pastors the Faith Baptist Church.Their ministry also includes a Christian school. They are sent out of the Faith Baptist Church of Taylors, SC. Bro. Paul is the son of our missionaries Georg and Opal Zimmer, and the brother of Mark (Diane) Zimmer. They have six children.

From the Memo Board: September 2019

Dates to Know

October 1 – August financial reports will be due

June 15-18, 2020 – Family Fellowship Week in Kinston, NC

Our Bank has Changed!

We are now using Home Trust, a local bank that will enable us to better serve our missions family. Please be aware of the following items as we make this transition.

  • In order to have next-day funds available in a US Bank, our office must receive the request by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Requests received after that will take two business days to show in your US bank.
  • We will not be making banking transfers during the week of September 3-6, to ensure there are no issues during the transition.
  • Starting on September 9, please be aware that transfers from WWNTBM may appear somewhat differently on your statements.

Identity Protection

Risks of identity theft continue to rise. Awareness of how your information is stored and used is key to protecting yourself. World Wide strives to protect the information you entrust to us. Here are ways you can further protect yourself.

    • Click this link to watch an Identity Theft Prevention video from our bank.
    • Do not send sensitive information (account numbers, balances, or financial requests) to anyone via email.
    • Utilize our Signal Private Messenger app to request transfers to your account, or call our main office number at 704-730-1440 to speak with us directly. If you do not have Signal and need to contact us after hours, you may call the main number and leave a voicemail.
    • Utilize our SecureCloud file transfer system to share documents with sensitive information.
    • Note: Monthly Financial Reports typically do not contain sensitive information such as account numbers. For submitting those reports, please use the email address [email protected] instead of SecureCloud.

    Trip Insurance

    We recently heard of a situation where a missionary traveling on a short-term trip needed to be evacuated to the US for medical needs. The process was lengthy and expensive! If you are traveling internationally, you may wish to consider trip insurance. Some credit card companies offer policies for trips purchased with their card. Most airlines offer options at the time of purchasing tickets. Our staff has also used Seven Corners Insurance. They cover overseas medical care in addition to trip cancellation or evacuation needs. They will also provide medical insurance for those coming to the US for short periods of time if the individual’s overseas insurance does not cover US needs.

    Birth Announcement!

    Hudson Michael McKinney was born on August 15. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. Hudson is the third son of Jacob and Shera McKinney and joins his brothers Ryland (6) and Landon (4). The McKinneys are finishing their deputation and hope to leave for their first term in Bolivia early in 2020.

    Podcasts for HH

    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.
    Living in Babylon by Rolando Ortiz

    Abiding in Christ by Guy Grenade

    Trust in the Work of the Word by Terri Moore

    Are You Blessed? by Jeremy Lockhart

    No One Too Small by Elwood Hurst

    Having the Right Spirit by Gene Krachenfels

Prayer & Dates: September 2019

September 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 September. 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: September 2019

Danny Whetstone

World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions is approaching fifty years of service to missionary families and their sending churches. We are at a place now where we see missionaries retire from full-time missionary service. The Lord has been so good to send new families for us to minister with in the work of world evangelism. There is no doubt that we stand in great need of young missionaries to carry on the difficult work that is necessary all over the world. However, I would like to express my appreciation to the Lord for permitting us to still have those who have labored long in this ministry.

I will not attempt to bring to your attention all those who have given of themselves in this work, but I am most grateful that the man whom God used to see this work born is still the Chairman of the Board. Pastor Bill Wingard has been the heart of this work, and our Lord has blessed our mission by sustaining him through the years. In the wisdom of God, we are aware that the younger is to learn from the older. It is certainly true that the energy resides in the younger, but the wisdom abides in those who have long served the Lord through various circumstances of life and ministry.

Men like Brother Russell Bell were there at the beginning with Pastor Wingard. Pastor Clyde Eborn was also involved in the beginning stages of this work. We have indeed learned much since those early days. So much that we have learned, and so many troubles that we avoided have been because these men have stayed with us through good and bad. Make no mistake about it: we need these men more than ever before. This mission has operated on biblical principles that these men, and many others like them, have kept before us through the years.

We enjoy the memories of Mrs. Smithwick in a closet with a journal keeping the records for the mission. They were humble beginnings, but none of this operation would be here today if these faithful servants had not taken the first steps to see it come alive. There have been many who have invested their energies in this work. There have been hundreds of hours spent in board meetings attempting to steer the ministry in such a direction that God would be honored. I am so proud of the work being accomplished by our mission today, and I am convinced that it will only get better if we remember that we are building on a very good foundation given to us by faithful servants of the Lord.

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.