The Homegoing of Pastor Bill Wingard

Billy Ray Wingard
March 27, 1934-March 12, 2021

Billy Ray Wingard was born to John Earl and Sallie Wingard in Langley, SC, on March 27, 1934. He was one of four children. He was saved at the age of 21 while serving as a Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Marine Division in Norfolk, VA. He married Arlie Cartwright on September 16, 1955. Together they raised four children: Billy, Jan, Pam, and Patti.

Bro. Wingard attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree. He later received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Bob Jones University and a Doctorate of Divinity from Heritage College of Orlando, FL.

He became pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in New Bern, NC in 1962, and later began the Calvary Baptist Church School in 1969. Under his leadership, the church has assisted in several church plants and is also home to MissionAero, which serves missionaries through aviation. In addition, he founded “The Calvary Hour,” which is a daily radio broadcast.

In February of 1964, while sitting in a barbershop, the LORD used a Saturday Evening Post article to burden his heart for the Micronesian Islands. He began to pray and research ways to get the Gospel to the people of these forgotten islands. He surrendered to go to Micronesia as a missionary, but the LORD did not give him peace. He continued to pray for Micronesia for seven years and enlisted other preachers to do the same.

In February 1971, the LORD opened the door for Dr. Wingard to found the World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions Agency along with Russell Bell, Clyde Eborn, and Robert Winstead. He served as the Chairman of the Board for fifty years, during which time WWNTBM has assisted 300 missionaries in more than 65 countries. What began as a desire to reach a few small islands in the Pacific Ocean has grown to spread the Gospel literally around the world.

Throughout his ministry, Dr. Wingard had the privilege to preach in the Caribbean, the Philippines, and the islands of the western Pacific, including Majuro, Pohnpei, and Guam. He also had the honor of visiting Christians and preaching in Romania, India, Canada, and throughout the United States. He had a passion for reaching the lost and for encouraging others in their service.

Preacher Bill was known as a humble servant of his LORD. His life principle was to “serve faithfully in his present season of life.” He exemplified this principle in his care for his family, Calvary Baptist Church, and the ministry of WWNTBM. His life was an example of Christian piety, gentlemanliness, compassion, charity, counsel, and kindness. He had a quiet strength and discernment and the ability to make others feel at ease even in times of great distress. He was a prayer warrior who would often pause to pray about a need mentioned in the conversation.

On March 12, 2021, following a brief battle with cancer, “Preacher Bill” entered into the joy of his LORD. In one of his last messages to Calvary Baptist Church, he mentioned meditating on Psalm 91. The psalmist closed with a promise that was fulfilled in Dr. Wingard’s life. “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”

He is survived by his wife, Arlie Wingard; his children, Billy (Grace) Wingard, Jan (Anthony) Raynor, Pam Albert, and Patti (Jim) Spencer; his brother, Stanley (Carol) Wingard; as well as 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents John Earl and Sallie Wingard; his brother Doug (Bea) Wingard; and his sister Mildred (Billy) Twilley.

Please click below to share your memories of Dr. Wingard. Condolences may also be sent the family at Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1089, New Bern, NC 28563.

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.

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.

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;”

Tax Time Reminders

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.

Change from W-2 Forms to 1099 Forms This Year

World Wide Missionaries have always been considered dual status, in that you were self-employed but received a W-2. Following advice from our CPA and tax attorneys, starting with the tax year 2019 we are no longer issuing W-2 Forms, but began instead to issue 1099 Forms to our missionaries. When completing your tax return, you may want to ask your tax preparer about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA) affects self-employed individuals. It is our understanding that you may be able to submit an amended return for the year 2018 if you did not fully take advantage of the TJCA benefits when you filed last year.

Tax Paperwork for 2019

Tax-related paperwork generated by WWNTBM is in your SecureCloud folder. This includes your applicable 1099 form, MFR Summary Report, Tax Detail Letter, and Tax Receipts (if you gave through WW in 2019.) Please be sure to look at the second page of the MFR Summary, to see if there are any specific notes for you and your tax preparer. The Tax Details letter is a vital document for you to provide to your tax preparer if you had a housing allowance or if WW submitted estimated taxes for you. 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 2019, 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 in 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 them what the best travel dates would be 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. In addition, if you will owe at least $1,000 in taxes, the IRS requires self-employed individuals to submit quarterly estimated tax payments. 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 Department 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 Details Letter from World Wide, you may wish to provide the following to your tax preparer as it will assist them in filing your taxes.

  1. List of dates you were in the US vs out of the country during the year.
  2. 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.
  3. Information on any retirement plans you have contributed to during the year, or that you have received distribution from during the year.
  4. Names and Social Security Numbers for all family members.
  5. Names and dates of any family births or deaths (children or spouse), as well as whether you were married 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.

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.

Photos with our Missions Family

Our staff loves visiting with our missionaries, whether in the US or on the field. Recently, some of our staff was able to visit several missionaries where they serve.

Noah, Samuel, Stephen, Charity, Valiana, and Judson Jenney with Darleen and Danny Whetstone in California.
Robert, Carrie, and Pat Mathena with Kim and John O’Malley in Grenada.
Millie and David Preston with Danny Whetstone in Utah.
Edgar and Rosann Feghaly with Naomi Torberson in Lebanon.
Naomi Torberson with Maha and Karim Dahdah in Lebanon.
Milad Khaled, Naomi Torberson, and Sara Khaled in Lebanon.

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

The Homegoing of Jerrel Shaw, Sr.

In Memory of Jerrel Shaw, Sr.
March 18, 1940-March 3, 2019

Jerrel Kenneth Shaw was born to Clayton and Irene Shaw on March 18, 1940, in New Palestine, IN. He spent his early years as a barber before the Lord called him to the mission field. He received degrees from the Clarksville School of Theology, as well as a Doctorate of Religious Education from Emmanuel Baptist School in Atlanta, GA.

Bro. Shaw and his wife Francis first went to Mexico in 1972 with their daughters, Kimberly and Kathlene. They joined WWNTBM in June of 1976. After his wife’s passing in 1979, he married Delia Gonzalez on November 12, 1980, and they have one son, Jerry.

Bro. Shaw had a great burden to train preachers and to build churches. Even before he had started the Bible School, he took in two boys, Salvador Lara, and Galaad Gallegos, and raised them as sons in his own home so he could train them for ministry. The Lord allowed him to start and pastor 7 churches, and he was instrumental in building 23 churches across Mexico. The Bible College has seen over 400 graduates, more than 100 of which are currently serving in pastorates. For many years he hosted an annual field conference, where individuals from all over Mexico and the United States would gather and be encouraged to reach the world with the Gospel.

Bro. Shaw had a passion for restoring old cars. He wrote several Gospel tracts based on the restoration stories of vehicles he purchased on the scrap heap and converted into refurbished classics. He often visited car lots and race tracks and used the theme of restoration as a bridge to share the message of new life in Christ.

Bro. Shaw was a man of great humility. He wrote in a recent letter, “I have often wondered how, or why, the Lord took a man out of a town with a population of 504, and how He could make anything out of a person such as I. Only the Lord can do things like this!” He was ever conscious that he lived “in the circumference of Christ’s wonderful love.” His intense passion and love for souls inspired the mission family of World Wide New Testament Baptist Mission for 43 years.

Jerrel Shaw entered the joy of his Lord on March 3, 2019. Memorial services were held in Guadelejara, Mexico, on March 3 and 4. Visitation for family and friends in the United States will be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 23, at Bethel Baptist Church, Greenfield, IN, with a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.

Please remember to pray for Mrs. Delia as she faces many adjustments in the days ahead. Also, pray for Jerry and Itzen Shaw, and the ongoing ministries in Mexico. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Delia at [email protected], and to Jerry and Itzen at [email protected].