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May 4, 2013

‘Giants in the Faith’ to honor role models of all ages

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — God works through Christians in sometimes subtle and sometimes overt ways, according to the impact that 201 local Giants in the Faith — from age 4 to 92 — have had on others since 2007.

Such people and the family atmosphere and spirit of celebrating God will once again define Hope Southern Indiana’s seventh annual “Giants in the Faith” luncheon. That’s when the community gathers to honor members of the public submitted for the varied ways they have influenced the Christian faith of family members, co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Huber Winery’s Plantation Hall in Starlight, will be the setting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, when people of all sizes, ages and personalities will be recognized for being “Jesus with skin on.” They are known for their service and humble demeanor while not seeking credit or recognition, yet their lives exemplify the tenets of Christianity that encourage others’ faith. That’s why they are called Giants, according to Jim Kanning, Hope volunteer co-chair of the event.

Members of the public are invited to submit their Giants in the Faith — an individual or husband/wife — who have in some way helped others grow in their own faith. The word “nominate” is not used, according to Christine Harbeson, executive director of Hope, the New Albany-based human services ministry serving Southern Indiana, because there is no selection process. The first 35 people submitted will be honored.

Doors will open at 1 p.m., and those who attend will again have free access until 6 p.m. to nine activities for all ages in the nearby Family Farm Park, in addition to free drink refills all day. The park includes a mountain slide; bamboo, tile, and rope mazes; goat walk; pedal karts; pony rides; miniature tractors; and feeding of ducks and fish.

The News and Tribune is the title sponsor of the celebration. Supporting sponsors are Seabrook Dieckmann and Naville Funeral Homes and First Harrison Bank.

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