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      Voices: Helping Survivors of Abuse Find Their Voice in York


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      November 2, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 AM

      1215 Church Road
      York, Pennsylvania 17404

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      Voices: Helping Survivors of Abuse Find Their Voice

      We invite you to join us for our fourth annual Voices conference.   Our keynote speaker will be Darby Strickland, a Christian Counselor who speaks at churches educating them how they can care for those affected by domestic abuse. Darby was trained at Westminster Theological Seminary where she obtained a Masters of Divinity specialized in Counseling. She is the author of Domestic Abuse: Help for the Sufferer and Domestic Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Rescue. The cost for this one-day conference is $15 and includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarships and childcare are available upon request. Contact Providence Presbyterian Church with questions at 717-767-4772 or email ppc@yorkpca.org. Your story includes the wounds you carry, and God’s disdain for the abuse you endured. It is a powerful story which brings healing for you and your community when you speak it with your own voice.  Survivors of Domestic violence carry with them a story about what has happened to them.  The first draft sounds like one laced with guilt and shame- it is unknowingly laced with it’s my fault statements. It is likely that the people around you, including your abuser, contribute to your shame-filled version. As time and reflection allow, the stories need to be more accurate and reflect what actually happened. Your story needs to be about what happened to you, and the wounds you carry and God’s disdain for the abuse you endured. It is powerful to tell yourself the truth and even more healing for your story to emerge in the community. Your story will benefit the hearts around you- your voice and story can shape and teach others. The final revision to your story, which may take years to shape will be about what God has done. 

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