From the Memo Board: August 2015

Intern

Kaitlyn HayeWe are enjoying having Kaitlyn Haye as an intern in the Office this summer! Kaitlyn grew up in a ministry family. She is a student at Ambassador Baptist College, where she is majoring in Church Ministries. She and her husband, Drew, were married in May of this year. They are members of the Crossroads Baptist Church of Columbus, NC, with Pastor Nathan Deatrick. Upon completion of her schooling in December, they plan to pursue a ministry in evangelism.

 

New Missionaries

The JenneysStephen and Charity Jenney have joined the World Wide family. The Jenneys are sent out of Shalom Baptist Church in North Tonawanda, NY. Charity’s father, Roland Mills, is their pastor. The Jenneys are both graduates of Ambassador Baptist College. Their plans are to begin deputation to plant churches in Arizona. Their son Judson is one, and they are expecting another baby early next year. Please be in prayer for them as they begin this new ministry.
 

Missionary Housing Available in PA

Nathan Fry’s parents, Jim & Pat Fry, have a house in central Pennsylvania. They would like to make it available to missionaries on a first come basis, for the reasonable cost of $250 per month to help cover the utilities. For more information, you may contact the Frys at 717-808-7922.

 

New Baby!

Baby JohnJohn & SarahCongratulations to John and Sarah on the birth of their first child, John Gabriel, on July 28.  He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 6.3 ounces.  Everyone is doing well!  Keep them in prayer as they are finishing deputation and preparing to leave for the field soon.

From the Memo Board: June 2015

Important Dates

June 15-18
Family Fellowship Week in Greensboro, NC

June 30
Adjusted payday for those who normally receive support on the 29th

July 3
The Office will be closed in celebration of Independence Day

 

The Alethia Project

During the 2005 Missions Conference, a group of students at Ambassador Baptist College felt a burden to carry the Word of God and Biblical materials in other languages via the Internet. In order to accomplish this task, The Aletheia Project set the following goals:

  • Design websites that are culture-specific and user-friendly
  • Provide Bible translations based on the Received and Masoretic Texts
  • Supply Biblical materials to the language groups of the world

Their mission is to use the Internet to reach non-English speaking people with the Gospel and to help believers to grow in grace.

John O’Malley and Norman Johnston are founders and advisors to this project. We would encourage you to learn more and to get involved by going to their website at tapbibles.com. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 

Graduates

Several in our missions family are graduating this spring. Please be in prayer for them as they seek the Lord’s will concerning future plans.

Al Bonikowsky received an Honorary Doctorate from Bob Jones University.

Kyle Boylston graduated from high school.

Jon Daniel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brookhaven Baptist College.

Megan Daniel graduated from high school at Bethel Christian Academy in Kinston, NC.

Michael Deatrick received a Bachelor of Science in Missions degree from Ambassador Baptist College.

Rolando Ortiz received a Doctorate of Pastoral Ministry from Brookhaven Baptist College.

Hanna Zimmer  graduated from high school.

 

Special Guests

The Kenneys
The Kenney’s treated the staff to lunch while they were here.

Pepsi Lancaster
Pepsi Lancaster has helped with several office tasks.

From the Memo Board: May 2015

Upcoming Dates To Know

May 25
The Office will be closed in celebration of Memorial Day

June 15-18
Family Fellowship Week in Greensboro, NC

June 30
Adjusted payday for those who normally receive support on the 29th

July 3
The Office will be closed in celebration of Independence Day

 

Family Fellowship Week

Family Week is fast approaching! This year’s meeting will start with a casual family style picnic at the Hagan Stone Park in Pleasant Garden, NC. Guests are welcome to come in their (modest) travel attire. There will be an abbreviated service, after which everyone is welcome to stay and fellowship or retire to their lodging for a relaxed evening to begin the week. Registration will be held at the Holiday Inn Express following the Monday night service. Those not staying at the hotel will register first thing Tuesday morning, before sessions begin. More details will be provided via email as the event approaches. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Receipt Reminders

When submitting receipts to go along with monthly financial reports, please keep the following items in mind. This greatly helps our staff in processing your reports.

  • Please be sure the receipt is labeled to match what is recorded on the receipt log.
  • When copying or scanning receipts, please do not submit receipts for several months on the same page, as this makes it difficult to match receipts to the correct report.
  • We recommend using a scanner to email receipts, rather than sending them through the mail. You could also take pictures of a receipt, if a scanner is not available.
  • When scanning and emailing a receipt, please ensure that the size and resolution are large enough to be clearly visible when printed.

Thank you for your help in these areas!

 

Amazon Shopping Donation

Did you know that it is possible to support the ministry of World Wide through your regular purchases from Amazon? Simply click here to begin your shopping experience at smile.amazon.com, and then link your account for Amazon to make donations to World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions Inc. Amazon will then donate a portion of their proceeds to the Office.

 

Computer software info

As a non-profit agency, WWNTBM is often able to obtain discounts on certain computer programs for both the Mac and PC. The greatest discounts are available for Microsoft and Adobe products, but discounts are sometimes available for other software as well. Email Anna for further information.

 

Visitors at the Office

We love having people stop by the Office! In the last month, we’ve had visits from several of our missionaries, as well as some larger groups. If you are ever in the area please come by and see us. Here are pictures of some of our recent guests:

MBC Group
Mike & Boone West with a group of senior citizens from Memorial Baptist Church

EBC Teens
Teens from Emmanuel Baptist Church painting at one of our staff homes

Bibey
Richard Bibey hard at work

From the Memo Board: April 2015

Important Dates

April 3
Adjusted pay date for those who normally receive funds on the 5th.

April 6
The Office will be closed in celebration of Resurrection Monday.

June 15-18
Family Fellowship Week at Brookhaven Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC.

 

Doctrinal Agreements

If you have submitted your doctrinal agreement statement, your new card for 2015-2016 will soon be available for you to download and print from your SecureCloud folder. If you have not yet submitted your annual agreement, please click here, or email [email protected] as soon as possible, indicating that you have read and are still in agreement with our Articles of Faith. If you have questions or concerns, please contact John O’Malley.

 

Estimated Payments

We often hear from tax preparers that one of the biggest issues facing missionaries at tax time is the failure to submit estimated tax payments throughout the year. Because missionaries are considered self-employed, they are liable for self-employment taxes. According to the IRS website, those who are self-employed should submit quarterly estimated tax payments if they expect to owe $1000 or more in taxes. Your tax preparer can help you to estimate how much should be submitted on a quarterly basis. The Office can assist you with submitting those payments to the IRS. For more information, email [email protected].

 

Ministry Bank Accounts

If your ministry has been chartered and established as a non-profit organization, we recommend having your ministry get a bank account in its name. Funds for purchases such as land may be able to be sent directly to your ministry, thus eliminating your personal tax liability. Please note that there are limitations to this option. Of course, regular support could never be sent this way. Please contact the missions office for more information.

 

Missions Website

Missions.Today is a blog where missionaries can share resources and tips about life on the field. The goal is to provide a portal of information where missionaries can share and receive materials pertinent to missions and Christian service. The site is user-driven, and is most useful when many individuals participate in sharing information. We encourage you to browse the site and participate by posting your suggestions and ideas.

 

Ian PriceNew Addition

Congratulations to David and Melissa Price on the birth of Ian George Benjamin on March 10th. Ian is the second child of the Prices. His older sister, Karis, is 2 years old. The Prices are missionaries in France.

From the Memo Board: March 2015

Upcoming Dates

  • March 15 Please submit your Doctrinal Agreement by this date. Refer to the email that was sent for more information.
  • June 15-18 Family Fellowship Week in Greensboro, NC

 

Special Projects

From time to time you may have a need to raise funds for a special purchase.  Often our missionaries will raise funds for Bibles, hymnbooks, pews, vehicles, building programs, or assistance for nationals serving in their ministries, among other things.

If you will be raising funds for a special project such as this please contact the Mission Office as soon as you can, preferably in advance.  The Executive Board must vote on any special projects for which funds are received in the Mission Office.

Did you know that there are times when extra funds like this could impact your W-2 amount?  For instance, funds raised for the purchase of a vehicle or land cannot be listed as an expense on your Financial Report, so you would need to claim the income, and then confer with your tax preparer regarding how that expense may affect your personal taxes.  Because of this, there may be a need to adjust your estimated tax payments throughout the year.

We also have an area of our website where we can post special projects for you.  This gives exposure to your need.  When contacting us about the need, please let us know if you would like for us to publish it on the mission website.

Our staff can better serve you when we are aware in advance that you may be expecting funds for a special need.  Thank you for your help in this area of keeping us informed!

 

Julie BrownNew Baby

Congratulations to Matt & Nikki Brown on the birth of their baby girl! Julie Nicole Brown was born at 9:12 PM on February 17th (Cambodian time). She weighed a healthy 6 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.7 inches long. Matt & Nikki have been in Cambodia just over a year. Their son, Joshua, is two years old.

 

Family Fellowship Week

If you will be in the United States in June, please be sure to join us for our annual Family Fellowship Week. This year’s meeting will be hosted by Pastor Fred Daniel, Jr., and the members of Brookhaven Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. The meeting will begin with supper on Monday evening, June 15, and will end after the Thursday evening service on June 18. More information will be coming to you soon, but please be sure to mark the dates on your calendar now, and begin making arrangements to join us! Meals and lodging are always provided by the church, so the only cost to you would be your transportation, and a minimal cost for children’s activities.

 

Missionary Housing

Daniel & Linda Draime have a home in Ocala, FL, that they have made available to missionaries and others in Christian service who are on deputation, furlough, or vacation. It is a two bedroom, two bath home, and is fully equipped for a family of four. You may contact them by email at [email protected] for more information.

From the Memo Board: February 2015

Upcoming Dates

March 1
January financial reports will be due. We will be sending out the 2015 Excel spreadsheet soon. however, you are welcome to submit reports on the 2014 spreadsheet if you wish to turn yours in sooner.

March 2
Adjusted pay date for those who usually receive funds on the 29th.

March 30
Adjusted pay date for those who usually receive funds on the 29th.

June 15-18
Family Fellowship Week in Greensboro, NC

 

New Equipment Information

Our Office maintains a database of depreciable equipment purchased by missionaries and included as an expense on their monthly financial reports. Our CPA has informed us that we no longer need to track purchases that are less than $500. Starting with January 2015 financial reports, please use Line 15 of the report to record depreciable equipment of $500 or more. Less expensive equipment can continue to be listed on Line 17 of the report. Thank you for your help with this!

 

Life Insurance

Did you know that most life insurance companies can automatically deny applicants who intend to move outside of the United States? However, most cannot drop you for foreign travel if you have had a policy in place for at least 2 years. Therefore, we encourage all missionaries to obtain a life insurance policy as soon as possible while you are on deputation, so that you will have one in place before leaving for the field.

From the Memo Board: January 2015

January Income

During a typical month, we close out 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 the December support may be higher than normal, while your January support may be lower than normal. Please be sure to plan ahead for this.

 

Housing Allowances for 2015

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 2014 and would like to have one for 2015, or if you have questions regarding this, please contact our office.

 

New Excel Template

A new Excel template for the year 2015 will be available during the first week of February. 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 report before the new template is available, you are welcome to submit it on the 2014 template.

 

New Mileage Rate

Beginning January 1st, the IRS mileage rate has increased to $0.575 per mile for business/ministry miles. This change will be reflected on the new Excel template for 2015.

Elena Germano

New Baby!

Elena Lisa Germano was born to Timothy and Stephanie Germano on November 29. She weighed 7 lb. 13 oz. and was 20.5″ long. The family is doing well and Elena has already been traveling on deputation! The Germanos are on deputation to go to the Dominican Republic.

 

Nathan Fry & HannahNew Engagement!

Nathan Fry and Hannah Joyal were engaged on Christmas Eve! Nathan will soon be returning to Pohnpei, where he will continue to assist Ruth Ann Arthurs with the radio station until the Eibens arrive and are trained. Pray for this couple as they make plans for their future together!

 

Michael DeatrickNew Graduate!

Michael Deatrick completed his missions degree in December from Ambassador Baptist College. Now that his schooling is completed, he and his wife Nora have moved to Missouri, where they will base the remainder of their deputation. They are planning to go to the Solomon Islands.

From the Memo Board – December 2014

Upcoming Dates

December 16
Please contact us by this date if you will need funds in your account before Christmas or before the end of the year.

December 16
If PrayerLetters.com sends your first-class prayer letter, please have it to us by this date in order to meet their printing deadlines and guarantee that your letter is received by Christmas.

December 22-26
The Office will be closed in celebration of Christmas.

January 2
November financial reports will be due.

January 9
Missionaries will receive their emailed statements of December Support Received.

January 12
All Missionaries will receive their final December support on this day, regardless of the day that they normally receive support.

January 15
December financial reports will be due along with any remaining receipts or financial paperwork for 2014.

 

Christmas Letterhead Templates

Did you know that we have professionally designed Christmas Letterhead templates available for your use? These are available to all missionaries whether the Office assists in sending your letter or not. For more information, contact April at [email protected]

 

December Support

Please contact us by December 16 if you would like funds in your account before Christmas.  Final December support distributions will be made on January 12th for all missionaries regardless of their regular pay date.  Contacting us by December 16 will enable us to schedule your funds around bank closings and holiday hours.  Should you have an emergency need after December 19, you may contact our staff at the following numbers:

  • John O’Malley 704-974-6108
  • Kim O’Malley 704-974-1008

 

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!

 

Retirement Accounts

WWNTBM currently offers our missionaries the option of participating in a 403(b) Retirement Plan, the non-profit version of a 401(k) plan. We encourage all of our missionaries to participate in some type of retirement planning. If you do not currently have a 403(b) account and would be interested in opening one, please contact our office for a listing of vendors and more information.
Due to IRS regulations, we are required to use a Third Party Administrator (TPA) to handle all 403(b) accounts. The administrative fee is $50.00 per year, which will be deducted from Support each January or February for those who contribute. The TPA assists us by administering our plan and keeping us in compliance with the Department of Labor and IRS codes.

Please note that loans and hardship withdrawals are no longer allowed. Regulations require that individuals inform the Office before taking any distributions of funds or making any changes to their accounts. We need to know in advance in order to avoid our own liability and to help insure that the account holder is provided with the most recent information.

Please see the file in SecureCloud for the latest information on contribution amounts and limits for 2014 and 2015.

 

Joe SmothersNew Missionary

Joel Smothers has recently joined our World Wide family of missionaries.  Joel graduated from the Gulf Coast Bible Institute in 2013.  He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Milton, FL, which is pastored by former World Wide Missionary Paul Woody.  Joel served in Honduras on a short-term basis.  His plans are now to begin deputation to go to Brazil, where he will work with Joel and Cynthia Dickens and their family.

 

Bekah CmayloNew Staff Member

Bekah Cmaylo joined our Office Staff on November 3rd.  Bekah is a recent graduate of Ambassador Baptist College, and she also works at the college part time in their financial office. She lives in Lattimore, NC and attends the Bread of Life Baptist Church in Shelby with Pastor Ed Kuykendall.  Bekah is from Williamstown, NY and is the youngest of three siblings.  Her brother, Emil, is married to our World Wide staff member, Laura Cmaylo.  Bekah’s tasks include processing support checks.  She can be reached by email at [email protected]

From the Memo Board: November 2014

Dates to Know

November 11
All US Banks will be closed.

November 27-28
The Office will be closed in celebration of Thanksgiving.

December 1
This is the revised pay date for those who normally receive funds on the 29th.

December 1
October financial reports will be due.

December 16
Please contact us by this date if you will need funds in your account before Christmas, or before the end of the year.

December 22-26
The Office will be closed in celebration of Christmas.

January 2
November financial reports will be due.

January 9
Missionaries will receive their emailed statements of December Support Received.

January 12
All Missionaries will receive their final December support on this day, regardless of the day that they normally receive support.

January 15
December financial reports will be due, along with any remaining receipts or financial paperwork for 2014.

 

New Associate

The Bailey FamilyJim and Patty Bailey have been accepted with World Wide as our newest associate missionaries.  They will be going to Guam in the year 2015 to serve as furlough replacements for the Quinlan family.  Pastor Bailey has served on our Executive Board since 1983.  He has pastored Valley Baptist Church in Edinburg, VA since 1978.  He will be retiring from Valley Baptist Church January 1, 2015. Advisory Board member and current associate Pastor, Chad Estep, will become the pastor at that time.

 

Housing Allowances for 2015

The Executive Board has voted, on recommendation from our CPA, that all Housing Allowances approved for 2014 will automatically roll forward to future years.  Therefore, there is no need to submit a new request for a Housing Allowance, unless you do not currently have one in place, or unless you wish to change the amount of your allowance.  Ordained missionaries are eligible to request a Housing Allowance, which provides tax benefits for funds used for housing related expenses.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our Office for more details.

 

Ministry Equipment

World Wide is required to maintain an inventory of all equipment that missionaries have listed on Line 15 of their financial reports.  Please review your records prior to the end of the year, and let us know if you have disposed of or sold any equipment this year so that we can update our records.  Income received from the sale of the equipment will need to be recorded on Line 2 of your financial reports if you previously claimed the purchase as a ministry expense.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

 

From the Memo Board: October 2014

Dates to Know

October 13
US Banks will be closed for Columbus Day.

November 11
US Banks will be closed for Veteran’s Day.

November 27-28
The Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

December 1
Those who normally receive support on the 29th will receive their November support on this day

 

Christ the Missionary

Christ was a home missionary in the house of Lazarus.
Christ was a foreign missionary when the Greeks came to Him.
Christ was a city missionary when He taught in Samaria.
Christ was a Sunday School missionary when He opened up the Scriptures
and set men to studying the Word of God.
Christ was a children’s missionary when He took them in His arms and blessed them.
Christ was a missionary to the poor when He opened the eyes of the blind beggar.
Christ was a missionary to the rich when He opened the spiritual eyes of Zacchaeus.
Even on the cross, Christ was a missionary to the robber,
and His last command was the missionary commission.
– Author Unknown