Terry and his wife Sarah were both saved at an early age and grew up attending church and Christian schools. Upon their high school graduations, the Lord impressed upon both of their hearts to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Terry had a strong interest in Christian missions and aviation. As a result, he enrolled in and completed a five-year Missionary Aviation degree. Sarah, who also felt God’s leading toward the mission field, majored in missions at BJU.
During their college years, both Terry and Sarah were involved in short-term missionary outreaches to Northern Canada. It was while during the first summer of these mission teams that Terry and Sarah met each other. Shortly after Terry’s graduation from college, the two were married and began their lives and ministry together. The Lord has given them three wonderful children: Michael, Karis and Bradley.
After their wedding, Terry accepted an aviation job in the same community where he had ministered on the mission team, Uranium City, Saskatchewan, Canada. They served there assisting in a church-planting and Bible camp ministry for eleven years. In 2002, God redirected their vision to the ministry of Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service.
Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service is a ministry of Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1995, Wyldewood became the home and sending church for the Rushings and commissioned them for missionary service. The purpose of Wings As Eagles is to help involve and expose pastors and local church people to the mission field and assist missionaries on the field in their church-planting efforts.
Terry and Sarah’s burden is for lost souls and assisting the vision for missions in the local churches. Wings As Eagles takes mission trips to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean elsewhere in the United States, and now even to Africa to work with fundamental Baptist church-planting missionaries.
Brother Bob Warinner, the founder of Wings As Eagles, was born at home in Cushing, Minnesota, on December 1, 1937. Bob is number seven in a family of ten, five girls and five boys, one of which died at the age of two. Bob's father was a lay preacher and possessed a commercial pilot's license, as well as an aircraft mechanic's license. In March of 1945 Bob's father was killed in a mid-air collision between two Piper J-3 Cubs, when Bob was seven years of age. Though his home-going was devastating to the family, his accident did not deter the four remaining boys' interest in aviation. All four of the boys learned to fly, with three of them becoming commercial airline pilots.
Bob's career as a pilot began at the age of fourteen when he began to work with his older brother Larry in Nisswa, Minnesota, at the Heywood Gull Lake Airport. Part of Bob's pay was one hour flying time a week. Larry, who is seven years older, gave Bob his one hour per week flight instruction, allowing him to go solo for the first time in July of 1952 at the ripe old age of fifteen. Bob obtained his pilot's licenses at the minimum age and received his Flight Instructor's Certificate at age twenty. At age twenty-one, Bob was hired by Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado, and flew for Frontier for the next twenty-seven years.
Having been raised in a Christian home, Bob finally saw his need of salvation and trusted Christ as his Saviour at age eighteen. Shortly thereafter Bob read the book Jungle Pilot, about the life of Missionary Nate Saint, who was martyred by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. God used that book to speak to Bob's heart and call him into missionary aviation work, but Bob rejected that call and instead went to fly with Frontier Airlines.
The call to missionary aviation remained deep in Bob's heart, and twenty-three years and much spiritual growth later, God rekindled that call on his life, making Bob restless as an airline captain flying the Boeing 737. Dissatisfied with his service, or lack of service, for the Lord, Bob saw a need through some Godly men that would change his life forever. One of those men encouraged Bob to go on a mission trip to Mexico with him, which Bob did in April of 1984. Serving with the missionary and his family for a week and seeing the desperate need of the people and their hunger for the gospel message broke Bob's heart and gave him the clear direction for his life that he had been longing for.
After much prayer and soul searching, in July of 1984 Bob, his dear wife Juanita, and their children asked the Lord for guidance and for a name for the ministry that God had burdened Bob to begin. Isaiah 40:31 came to mind and they decided that the Lord would have them call their new ministry Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service. Brother Warinner's burden and purpose for the Wings As Eagles ministry is to encourage local fundamental Baptist churches in missions by taking pastors and their people on short-term mission trips, allowing God to affect their hearts through their eye gates, as stated in Lamentations 3:51, and to be a pipeline of blessing between the church and the missionary on the field.
Brother Warinner owned a Beech Bonanza at the time and started the ministry with that aircraft, later trading the Bonanza for a Piper Aztec. In 1995 the Aztec was sold and replaced with the Piper Chieftain, which is still in the Lord's service with Wings As Eagles.
Barton Case was born in Indiana, the younger of two children in a non-Christian home. His aunt led him to the Lord in 1969, when he was 16 years old, and several weeks later he answered God's call to preach the gospel. Within the next year he had the joy of seeing his parents, his older sister, and her husband all come to know the Lord and follow Him in believer's baptism.
Brother Case's interest in aviation began early in his life as he watched commercial airliners fly over his house to land at what is now the Indianapolis International Airport. He joined the US Air Force upon his graduation from high school, and after being discharged from the USAF in May of 1974, he enrolled in Bible college to prepare for the ministry. During his first year of college he met his future wife Nancy, and they were married the following summer. After graduation from Bible college Brother Case served as assistant pastor for several years in Florida; and then for 10 years in Greenville, South Carolina, he taught in a Christian school, worked in the church youth ministries, and preached in the jail ministry and rescue mission.
During the years spent in Greenville the Lord blessed the Case family with four children: their older son Craig is now married and lives in New York, where he and his wife, both graduates of Pensacola Christian College, are active in their local church. Their older daughter Maria lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and attends college there. Their two younger children, Anna and William, both attend Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.
In March of 1990 the Cases moved to South Range, Michigan, where Brother Case served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for over ten years. Pastor Case led CBC into faith promise missions and saw the church become a strong missions-minded church with numerous outreach ministries including a local jail ministry, nursing home and adult foster care ministries, soul winning and evangelism, youth ministry, Blue Denim and Lace Club, annual mission trips, church orchestra, and Bearing Precious Seed scripture publishing ministry.
During a conference in a neighboring state Pastor Case met Brother Bob Warinner, Director of Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service, and CBC began taking mission trips with Wings As Eagles to Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Canada. The Lord used this relationship with WAE to change the course of Brother Case's ministry.
In September of 2000 Brother Case left CBC to move his family to Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to work fulltime with Wings As Eagles Mission Air Service. Brother Case is gifted in building trades and mechanical skills, and these talents are now used to help both missionaries and local churches through the Wings ministry. Brother Case is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as a licensed pilot.
Please consider having this couple come to your church. They are currently at 49% of their support and need your prayers as they seek to glorify God through the Wings As Eagles ministry.
Sam was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1978 to Tim and Janet Sanderlin. Tim served 20 years in the United States Army. Sam's dad led him to the Lord when he was six years old, and soon afterwards Sam was baptized. He grew in the Lord as a young person through regular church attendance, solid family life, Christian school, and Bible camps. When he was twelve years old, Sam surrendered his life to the Lord at a Bible camp with a burden for missions. He learned to walk closer to the Lord as a teenager and in high school he earned his private pilot's license with a strong interest in missionary aviation. However, the Lord directed him to go to a Bible college without aviation as an emphasis where for five years he prepared for the ministry. After he graduated from Bible college, Sam entered a Baptist seminary in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin. While attending seminary he was introduced to Abby Burtt, who was living Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Abby was born in 1977 and grew up in a Christian home as well. She was saved at the age of four and surrendered to missions as a teenager, believing that the Lord would have her study to become a nurse. After Abby graduated from Bible college, she spent a month on the mission field of Suriname helping missionaries in their labor. After this missions trip she passed her state boards becoming a Registered Nurse. She worked for several years gaining needed experience in nursing. She also started a ladies missionary prayer band at her church in Michigan.
Sam and Abby were married on April 30, 2005, and Sam graduated from seminary two weeks later. They moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and interned with Wyldewood Baptist Church and Wings As Eagles for the summer. One of the highlights of the summer was the three weeks they spent with the Rushing family at Beacon Bible Camp in Uranium City, Canada. They were burdened to stay with Wings As Eagles after their summer was over, and Sam was commissioned to serve with Wings As Eagles on April 2, 2006. Their daughter, Elena, was born in July of 2006, their son, Elias, was born in July of 2008, and their daughter Chloe was born in Cameroon in June of 2010.
The Lord has called the Sanderlins to serve the Lord through the Wings As Eagles ministry in Africa, and He has led them specifically to Cameroon to work with veteran missionary Tom Needham and his family who have been planting churches in Cameroon since 1991. The Sanderlins began full time deputation for Cameroon in September of 2006. They spent five weeks in Cameroon during the Summer of 2007 then finished deputation arriving in Cameroon in April of 2009.
Plan for Church Planting in Cameroon
The Lord has burdened Sam and Abby’s heart for the people in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. They desire to see independent, fundamental, Baptist churches planted in the chief villages along the 240 mile long Ring Road and in the villages beyond the roads in rugged mountainous terrain. Where the pavement of the Ring Road ends, the Sanderlins plan to reach out to the regions beyond through long treks, dirtbike, four-wheel drive vehicles, and their airplane. Sam is an instrument-rated commercial pilot with tailwheel and mountain flying proficiency. Bro. Sam is flying a Glasair bush plane which Wings as Eagles purchased from bro. Needham. The Lord graciously provided these funds through the Sanderlin’s supporting churches, friends, and family to completely pay for the plane in under five years. Bro. Needham is flying a new and bigger Glasair bush plane, which Wings as Eagles helped him build and fly to Cameroon in 2008. These two planes are primarily used for transport of gospel preachers, missionaries, and medical teams in support of independent Baptist church planters. They are also used to transport government workers, emergency workers, and medical patients as the need arises. Pray for safety in flying and provision for regular and unexpected maintenance needs for these two planes. The aviation ministry in Cameroon is in need of a larger hangar to facilitate the regular operations of two airplanes.
The Needhams base their ministry and airplane in Sabga, and the Lord has led the Sanderlins to begin their ministry in a nearby village at the base of Ngoketunjia Mountain. Sam plans to work side by side with trained nationals from the Fundamental Bible Institute in Cameroon. He also plans to teach in the Bible institute to help train more Cameroonian preachers. Abby will be helping in established medical evangelism clinics.
Pray for this church planting team to effectively reach people with the gospel. Please pray for the Sanderlins as they preach salvation through Jesus Christ and start independent, fundamental, Baptist churches in Cameroon, West Africa.
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