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SPEAKER - Becca Gray

Becca met her husband Paul on a blind date, where he shared his desire to serve on the mission field. That began their preparation for a life overseas, and they lived in Ethiopia for six years where Paul trained African Christian doctors in surgery and together they discipled the doctors' families. Becca knows firsthand many of the challenges that come with ministry, and she is passionate about serving people in local or overseas ministry.

Becca and Paul have three children: Nathan (11), Lydia (9), and Elizabeth (2). Becca has a masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Cross Cultural Ministries. She spends her time volunteering for her kids’ school and teaching Bible classes at their church.

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WORSHIP LEADER - Joy Beless

Joy is a worshipper of God and lover of people. After living overseas and launching four children, Joy started a worship ministry, The Invitation Project, with live worship events and lyric videos for personal and small group worship. As a spiritual director, she encourages others in their spiritual journey by seeing individuals and hosting solitude retreats. Currently living in the Dallas area – she loves being JoJo to six grandchildren and leading chapel at a homeless shelter for women and children. She enjoys songwriting and encouraging flowers to grow in the Texas heat. 

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Lead Counselor - Karen Thacker

Karen discovered the value of encouraging women who work overseas while visiting an NGO in Afghanistan in 2010. In 2017 she joined Azmera for the first time to love on women in Poland. Since then she has traveled with Azmera to Cambodia, Costa Rica, and Uganda. She has been a licensed counselor in private practice for 14 years and is an adjunct professor for the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine training future generations of counselors. She just started a PhD program at the Townsend Institute to fulfill her passion for contributing to the field of counseling. She and her husband David live in Erie, CO. They have five children between them aged 25-40 and four grandchildren.

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Crystal Boecker

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 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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Carrie Cole

Hi I’m Carrie Cole and I’ve been living and serving in the Middle East for 12+ years with my soulmate and husband Bob, who leads an international NGO serving the forgotten IDP communities here. We’ve been married for over 20 years and overseas that long too! We have two TCK teenage daughters, who we're raising by God’s amazing grace to thrive and be the leaders of the next generation. I have a business that serves local women in fitness and nutrition that is life-giving. To keep me grounded and grateful, I will go paddleboarding, enjoy water fountains, coffee dates with my husband and dinner conversations with my girls.

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Diane Farris

Diane has a servant’s heart and genuinely loves people. She lives and works in Colorado as an Elementary English Language Specialist, working with families from around the world. She grew up on church camps, serving early in life--from clear cutting paths to roofing to the kitchens. Diane teaches Sunday School, helps with VBS at her church, and in recent summers, Ensenada, Mexico, a sister church.  She loves to listen, encourage, and give of her time and talents ~sometimes in unexpected ways! The awesomeness of God, fellowship with others, and nature still overwhelm her.  A widow, Diane has three grown children, two daughters, and a son, married with three boys! 

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Betsy Killins

Betsy loves to partner with what God is doing in women and around the world for His glory. She is passionate about helping people encounter God through the Gospel and His Word and experience His power and redemption in their stories. Betsy was born and raised overseas in Colombia, South America which has shaped so much of her calling andnpassions. She has a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Intercultural Studies. Betsy is the Women's Global Coordinator for Downline Ministries as well as the Women's Director for their 9-month Emerging Leader discipleship program. She has been involved in discipleship, church planting, cross-cultural training, member care, pastoral counseling, and overseas work for the last 20 years. She is also a professional Spanish-English medical interpreter for a pediatric cancer hospital. One of her absolute favorite titles is "Tia Betsy" for seven amazing nieces and nephews. She loves opening her life and home to seekers, followers, strugglers, and sojourners alike. 

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Elise Pistor

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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Karen Turcotte

Having grown up amidst the midwestern cornfields, I tend to lean back into my farming roots and am up early, love to work hard, and wish for life with unfenced backyards. I moved to Texas right after college to teach elementary and middle schoolers and did so on and off for twelve years. I enjoy playing the piano, singing, coaching up the next generation, and watching God mend hearts of singles and families weary from the battles of life. My desire is to be a student of God's Word, intentionally linking arms and loving well those of all ages and stages. In 2016, the Lord called me out of the classroom setting and into full-time kingdom service as field staff for FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru. I've enjoyed coming alongside, advising and developing-up followers of Jesus Christ both inside and outside the ministry and look forward to continuing in this if the Lord wills. My husband, Greg and I have lived in Texas most of our marriage, with a short stint in south Georgia, and are stewards of two wonderful kids on this side of heaven, who are both transitioning into adulthood. I come to you as a learner and one postured with gratefulness. 

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Ann Watson

​Ann loves engaging with other women, listening to their stories, and pointing them to Jesus. She has been involved in many areas of Women's Ministry through the years. She loves the Lord, His creation, and the intricate way He brings people together to serve, train and encourage one another. Ann and her husband Peter have been married for 35 years and live in Boulder, Colorado. They are grateful that their 3 adult children all live nearby. Ann retired a year ago as Operations Coordinator for Children's Ministry at her church and is thrilled to be volunteering at her 2nd Azmera Retreat. Ann loves to laugh, travel, garden, camp, and spend time with her dear family and friends.

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Patti Weber

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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