A local man is being honored Sunday by his church and Gideon’s International for several decades of dedicated service.
More than 300 people are expected to show up and celebrate Woody Huff’s 90th birthday this weekend at Doe Run Assembly of God Church. Huff has been a member of the church for more than 40 years and has dedicated more than two decades to the work of Gideon’s International.
“The event Sunday began as a congregation and his immediate family celebration. Little did we know his immediate family is 200 people,” said Pastor Mark Moss.
The church wanted to honor Huff because he is a very active church member. The church also helps with the Gideon mission projects. The entire day will be a tribute to Woody. Both the church and Gideon’s will have presentations for him.
Moss said one thing Huff desires is for the younger generations to step up and help with the Gideon’s work.
Dr. Jon Cozean has worked with Huff on the Gideon’s International project for many years. He said Huff is a very active member who attends services to talk about the Gideon Bibles and also attends his own church.
The Gideons have a local group of about 10 to 15 who meet regularly. Huff used to book the church services for the Gideons’ to attend in the surrounding areas. Cozean said that took a lot of time to plan.
The Gideons not only go to churches to collect donations for the Bibles they distribute, but also deliver those Bibles to schools, hotels, colleges and universities, and provide Bibles to missionaries working both here and abroad.
Cozean said sometimes the local group receives phone calls from surrounding Gideon organizations who want to know why they are so successful. He said most of their success is because of people like Woody and his dedication to the organization.
An open house will be held Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Doe Run Assembly of God Church located just off State Route 221. Moss said there will be church members on hand to help with parking.