Keri Duncan and Judy Trollinger both enjoyed participating in Short-Term Missions. In the summer of 1998 they were both on a trip to the Dominican Republic together. On the way home from the trip sitting next to each other on the flight, they both discussed how much they enjoyed working in missions especially overseas missions. It was an experience like no other.
They each continued their independent work in various missions locally, and continued to stay in touch. In early March of 1999 at the Spirit's conviction to Judy, she confided in Keri that she felt she was to start a short-term mission organization. Keri jumped at the chance to get more involved in missions, and the organization was on its way. During the next week the name SOAR was selected and they were well on their way. By the end of November they were incorporated in the state of GA as a non-profit organization with the purpose of enabling others to participate in short-term missions.
For accountability, a board of directors was chosen by Keri and Judy. The board serves not only as financial accountability partners, but spiritually as well. All members have a vision for winning the lost and are active in their local churches.
In 2011, after 12 years of dedication to the ministry, Judy felt the Lord leading her to invest her time and talents in other areas for the kingdom. She still serves on the board of directors and serves as the forwarding agent for the Macenczaks in Honduras but the rest of her responsibilities with SOAR have been relinquished.
Keri served as a teacher to missionary children in Ecuador in 93/94 and has been on many other trips since then including back to Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and local missions from intercity Atlanta to rural Appalachia of Ohio. She serves on the missions team at Mt. Carmel Christian Church. She serves at the Fellowship Mission and Feed the Homeless in downtown Atlanta. While not busy with missions she currently works part-time as a technology coordinator at Lilburn Elementary School in Lilburn, Georgia.
This organization was founded by members of independent Christian Churches, which are part of the restoration movement. We continually strive to restore the church to its original foundation in the book of Acts. We believe in the sovereignty of God in all circumstances and that He has given us the great commission to go into all the world and make disciples.