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SPEAKER - Beth Kliewer
Beth loves her Savior; spending quality time together is priceless. She can’t get enough of following Jesus on various adventures from her Bakersfield California home to Ireland, Texas, Hungary, and back again. Through 30 years of marriage, 4 kids, multiple callings, she has focused on encouraging and loving the least of these. Bringing hope for the hopeless, loving the forgotten, and touching the sick in Jesus' Name is who she is.
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WORSHIP LEADER - Debi Moore
Debi loves to sing and make a "joyful noise" unto the Lord! She has been singing since she was 3 years old, and has graduated from her teenage "hair band" days of the '80s to now leading praise and worship! Debi has been involved in short term mission ministry work around the world for several years and has a deep desire to "serve the servant" abroad. She loves to be involved in women's ministry conferences; teaching, speaking, encouraging, listening, praying for, and of course, leading women into God's courts with praise, where we can find contentment and God's great joy!
Debi and her husband live in Canon City, Colorado and own an excavation and wildland firefighting company. They are co-founders of Pearls of Education Foundation, a charity that provides education and restoration to Liberian students. Debi is the co-author of the children's book "A Girl Like Me."
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RETREAT MANAGER - Kari Berglund
Kari lives in Littleton, CO with her husband Tim. They have three adult children that are all married as of last year and the youngest is expecting their first grandchild in June. Kari spent most of her life homeschooling her three kids, but she really loves to come alongside women in their faith journey through prayer, encouragement, and Bible study. She has been a Bible study leader, youth group worker, and a prayer chairman of Community Bible Study. She has many friends that serve overseas and enjoys the challenge of maintaining those friendships and partnering with what God is doing around the world in any way she can. In her free time, she pursues photography and anything crafty.
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Crystal is a trained Spiritual Director, Counselor, and Pilates instructor and enjoys using every bit of each of these practices to ignite women’s curiosity and love for the Lord! She most often meets
with people to talk about anxiety, life transitions, intimacy with the Father, and marriage. She lives in Denver Colorado with her dapper husband and has 2 delightful daughters. Crystal and her husband were global workers in East Asia for 20 years
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Julie and her husband Bruce have served with the ministry of CRU since 1982. For 25 years, they traveled the world with their 3 sons doing evangelistic outreaches and worship leading.
Recently, they became part of the catalytic prayer ministry with CRU where they have been learning to facilitate inner healing and listening prayer. Their heart is to help people step into their true identity as beloved sons and daughters so they can grow in intimacy with God and with others.
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Nadine Bracy holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Nadine sees counseling as a sacred trust whereby she walks with others through difficult circumstances and assists them in their journey towards a more abundant life (John 10:10). She works with couples as well as individuals on issues like depression, anxiety, life stage adjustments, parenting struggles, and trauma healing. Nadine and her husband have been married for 33 years and have 3 grown children, and one grandson. Early in their marriage, they lived in Venezuela where they were active in a Spanish-speaking church. Nadine has also participated in short-term mission trips to Haiti, Zambia, Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. These experiences have grown her heart for international ministry.
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Sarah is excited to be going on her first Azmera trip and serving the Lord alongside this amazing team! She has served on five short-term trips to Nicaragua (4) and Kenya (1) in the role of ‘Logistics’ as she loves to keep things efficient and organized. Her main ministry for 24 yrs. has been in Community Bible Study where she has held several different leadership positions. One of her favorite things is gathering with women ~ encouraging, supporting, and loving on them, especially in their walk of faith in Jesus Christ. For the past 10 years, she and her husband Jeff have called Colorado home and are thankful that their three grown sons live nearby. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking or baking, and grabbing coffee with a friend or two. Coffee anyone?
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Jessica was a single missionary with Youth for Christ in Germany, Italy, France, and Malaysia for 16 years. She loved using her singleness to it's fullest and is passionate in helping single women remain healthy while living overseas. She returned to the states in 2017 and moved to Colorado to get her Clinical Counseling Degree at Denver Seminary and is excited to serve global women as a counselor on Azmera retreats! She also recently got married to a wonderful man and is loving the opportunity to grow into her new roles as wife and step-mother to two boys, a 13 year old and a 21 year old who is married (and they are expecting!). She is passionate about walking alongside the brokenhearted, having experienced her own season of brokenness, and loves helping women work through struggles of transition, grief and loss, anxiety, and even disappointment with God. She loves creating beauty, with a special love for flowers, photography, and anything in the outdoors!
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Mia is passionate for the Lord, and loves to serve ... especially to affirm, encourage and support women. Her women's bible study group has been life-changing for her and is central to her life.
Mia has been married 44 years to her husband Graham .. and has 4 (mostly) grown children, 3 grands and 1 small dog. They live in Richardson, TX and recently became 1st-time RV owners!
She has traveled and lived quite a bit around the world & loves exploring new places. She loves taking pictures, reading/listening to books, anything Italian, all arts and crafts/anything creative.
Mia has a heart for teaching and has her Master's in Early Childhood Special Ed.
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Heather Fowler is the Co-Founder of Gracious Ministries along with her husband, Alan, of 29 years. Heather met Alan at the University of New Mexico where she got a degree in Business Administration and Education. Heather and Alan have been in Marriage Ministry for 30 years and Heather has authored several books and Bible studies, while teaching and speaking to women and men across the country and around the world. Some of her most precious ministry opportunities have been spent encouraging women in their marriages. Heather is the proud mother of McKenzie, 24, and Collin, 21.
Dawn Freeland is a multimedia artist living in Dallas, TX. She grew up in East Tennessee surrounded by music, art, and storytelling. Dawn has had the opportunity to live and minister in the Far East and Eastern Europe. She believes God is the ultimate Creator and she is but an artist reflecting Him through art, hospitality and the encouragement of others.
Although her formal education was in Nursing, she studied art in Japan, Virginia and at the Maryland Institute of Art. She had the opportunity to study Art and Trauma Healing at Dallas International University and is honored to be able to use art to encourage women in ministry and in their relationship with Jesus.
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Judyann loves her work counseling at Shepherd's Canyon Retreats in AZ where she leads week-long intensives for pastors, spouses, and ministry leaders in crisis. She has a private practice and enjoys regularly doing critical incident debriefing. She and her husband Mark look forward to using their gift of hospitality "loving on" those in ministry in their Oasis mountain home, through Life Impact Ministries that will be competed and open in 2022. She is an associate with Paraclete ministries and says her "sweet spot" is "coming alongside" global workers at these retreats. She has four married kiddos and 10 "grands" with pictures to prove it!
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Annette Nicholl served with CRU campus ministry for 20 years, 8 Years in Irkutsk, Russia. Currently, she and her husband Spencer direct a small ministry in Ohio City Colorado called Big Horn Ministries. Their mission is to help people take their next step in life and toward Christ. They offer a place in their remote Colorado location for respite and rest for those who are in crisis, burned out or just need a break. She has two kiddos, Andrew (22) and Kate (18).
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Kelly and her husband, Chris, started a retail store in the small mountain town of Gunnison Colorado in 1998, which they still own and operate. Chris is also the associate pastor at their local church, where Kelly currently serves as the Hospitality Chair. She has been a Life Group Bible study leader for over 15 years, serves as a mentor for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and was a local group leader for Women of Faith for twelve years. Her goal is to serve and grow God’s Kingdom through service, encouragement, and leadership. She is the proud mom of Zach (and daughter-in-law, Laura) and Nana to Theo (3) and Lukas (1).
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Elise loves Jesus and delights in encouraging and affirming women of all ages in their walk with Christ. Calling Dallas, TX, home for 30+ years, she and Jeff have been married for 25 years, have two sons, and a daughter at Baylor! After 23 years as a pilot for American Airlines, Elise retired to homeschool their three children, assuming the director role of the international homeschool program, Classical Conversations, for seven years. Outside of her biweekly discipleship group for her own spiritual growth and accountability, she leads a monthly ladies prayer group where she models enthusiasm for Christ, passion for the Bible, and commitment to regular accountability. Recently, Elise completed her master’s degree in International Relations through Liberty University to enhance her undergraduate Business and Aviation Degrees. The fuel that drives her comes from consistent early mornings on her front porch where she loves meeting with the Lord daily.
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Ann and her husband Peter have been married for 35 years and live in Boulder, Colorado. They have 3 adult children, 2 of whom live in the area. Ann recently retired as Operations Coordinator for Children's Ministry at her church and is thrilled to be volunteering at her 1st Azmera Retreat. Ann and Peter have offered financial and prayer support through the years to missionaries. She loves engaging with other women, listening to their stories, and praying with them. She loves the Lord, His creation, and the intricate way He brings people together to serve, learn and grow. Ann loves to laugh, travel, garden, camp, and spend time with her family and friends.
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Patti is a Registered Nurse and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Corvallis Oregon. This is her third Azmera Haven retreat and she is so excited to be able to support and encourage the women who will come for this time of refreshment. Patti loves working with the youth at her church and spending time with her family and friends, as well as outdoors in God's amazing creation.
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***Azmera is a registered 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!***