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FEB-MAR 2017

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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HAPPILY SPONSORED BY example BY NICHOLAS SIEGEL | PHOTOS BY DAVID HARRISON In February 2016, Joan Peyton traveled to the Dominican Republic. ere, she met with a missionary group called Project Mañana. After hearing the mission president's wife share her personal story of surviving sexual abuse, Peyton realized the potential for Southern Indiana's SOAR Ministries to expand there. Peyton is the board secretary of SOAR, which stands for Survivors of Abuse Restored. e group traveled back to the Dominican Republic in May 2016 to work with 15 women and plan to travel there again this upcoming May to conduct a training with two of the members of Project Mañana who want to start their own similar organization. T he Impact of SOAR Continues to Rise Sexual abuse recover y ministr y helps here and abroad e main facets of SOAR's work include support groups, mentoring, counseling, retreats, workshops, Bible studies, game nights and fellowship nights, where women in recovery can meet at the ministry center for support. Located in New Albany, SOAR works with women in the surrounding counties, including Clark, Harrison, Crawford and Floyd. e ministry also includes women who travel from Louisville to seek counseling, and the nonprofit recently opened satellite locations in Seymour and Crawford, Ky. "ey don't have to live in Floyd county to come here. We'll work with any woman," Peyton said. According to the American Association of Christian Counselors, one in 14 EXTOL • FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017

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