A fundraiser and auction will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Neosho First Baptist Church for two brothers working to become medical missionaries.


A fundraiser and auction will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Neosho First Baptist Church for two brothers working to become medical missionaries.

The Linebarger family members have been missionaries in the Philippines since 1991. Dennis Linebarger is from Purdy and his wife, Eden, is from the Philippines. They have raised their family, started a Christian school and translated the New Testament into the native language of Eden’s people, creating a new alphabet in the process. Their sons, Aaron, 21 and Michael Linebarger, 18, want to become medical missionaries.

“They want to carry on the missionary tradition of their parents,” said Gloria Crosby, one of the organizers of the benefit.

As a mission family, they are primarily supported by donations.

“With two in medical school it makes it nearly impossible to pay the bill,” Crosby said. “We’re trying to help out just a little bit and donations in these economic times are hard to come by.”
Aaron has already studied three years for his degree at a Philippine university an hour away from their home in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Security concerns dictate that the boys must drive instead of take public transportation.

“They have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to get there from where they live,” Crosby said.
After this year, Aaron will transfer to a school in Manila to finish out his degree and both will be able to share a rented room in the capital.

Aaron is currently in the Philippines enrolling them both for the semester, which begins in June. The family home-schooled both boys and scheduled their missionary furlough so Michael could spend his senior year in the states. Crosby said the boys like typical activities and play guitar, piano and drums. Michael was inducted into the National Honor Society in Purdy a week ago.
The benefit will have a live auction of cakes, pies and cookies and a silent auction with about 40 different items.

“Everything you can dream of,” Crosby said, “From small appliances, ice tea maker, electric knife, tool boxes — just anything — even some pizza coupons, everything under the sun, children’s clothing, a teapot set.

“Anything anybody offered to give us we took.”

All proceeds will go toward medical scholarships for the two brothers. Crosby said it is only fitting that the community come together to help out the family who has given so much to others.

“They’ve really put their whole life into it,” she said.

The benefit is open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. April 24 in the First Baptist Church gymnasium. For more information or to let the group know that you are coming, call Gloria Crosby at 364-6050.