UPCOMING AZMERA EVENTS
Azmera was able to host a "private" haven retreat in Greece in 2022. We loved it so much that we want to host a haven retreat in Greece that will include more global workers in the area.
Attendee Dates :: October 26 - 29, 2023
Volunteer Dates :: October 22 - 31, 2023
For years, we've wanted to host a haven retreat in Egypt. We anticipate serving lots of global workers, many new to us, in Egypt.
Attendee Dates :: November 2 - 5, 2023
Volunteer Dates :: October 29 - November 7, 2023
COLOMBIA 2023 Apr 20-23, 2023
PAST AZMERA EVENTS
"I feel like the haven retreat rekindled my passion for the Lord/ministry and gave me hope for living longer overseas"
"By your gift, I had the most marvelous experience, connecting with women from all over South America; laughing, crying, sharing together, resting, being filled by God’s Word, and experiencing Jesus’ goodness every minute. It was a transformational weekend that I’ll cherish forever. It is the rest, encouragement, & teaching I needed to continue on sharing the gospel on college campuses in Colombia, loving my neighbors & being Jesus’s hands & feet"
VIETNAM Feb 24-27, 2023
“Being on the field for 10 years & seeing haven retreats happen in places I couldn’t afford to go meant having one in Vietnam to be so, so special. God has met me and given me love and strength to continue, healed my grief, and strengthened my feeble knees. He has put a new song in my heart."
"This ministry is so special to me! It’s so needed and it’s such a treasure that God uses in MIGHTY ways! God set me free from the picture of shame I was holding over myself wrongly! He taught me, gave me clarity, gave me rest and taught me about His love for me, not only the ones I serve. THANK you for partnering to be the hands & feet of Jesus so that we could receive."
PHILIPPINES Feb 16-19, 2023
“The Lord is indeed faithful and my prayers (or somehow expectations) for this were exceeded beyond expectations. I was refreshed and recharged. I just can’t wait to see how the Lord will move & lead me in the upcoming days to IGNITE others back home as well.”
“Thank you so much for your support that allowed me to come on this trip. I came with a big block between myself & my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I had the opportunity to sign-up for Inner Healing Prayer & God set me free! This is life-changing for me & my walk with Christ.”
Azmera STATESIDE Summit 2023 Jan 26 - 28, 2023
"God showed me the different avenues He is working to advance His kingdom and how much He values women partnering with Him."
"It helped me to remember that I’m not alone in the feelings I have felt. It has also connected me with new friends that get me."
"I really appreciated the Connection Circles, small groups, where it seems Azmera & God can group together those in similar situations."
"Opened my mind to global outreach and how I view God, stretching me toward what might be the next step for me."
ISRAEL Oct 28-31, 2022
"So much thought, love, and care went into it. I am so grateful. I took of my crown of shame & received my identity in Christ after 47 years. The act of love, compassion, warmth, and kindness has been such deep ministry. Thank you for such a ministry. Thank you for hearing from God.
"These 4 days in Israel have been life changing for me. The Lord did some very deep heart surgery in me - shining His light on places that were causing serious relationship problems with my husband. The messages from the teaching and conversation I had with the counselors did years of work in just days."
"This weekend created a sanctuary & safe place to receive significant revelation, with more support and wisdom from seasoned believers, than I have ever had before!"
ROMANIA Oct 20-23, 2022
"Your support has truly refreshed my soul coming out of a long season of emotional wilderness – the Well of Living Water flowed from my heart and eyes these last few days & I see beauty again – all around! Thank you!"
"God has been present, working, encouraging, teaching through these amazing ladies. I sense His great pleasure these four days, and I am so happy to have been able to be here! We have few chances to get away from ministry life and receive encouragement and love, and Azmera and you have given us this gift."
"This haven retreat rekindled that spark that I hadn’t realized was lost."
MT KILIMANJARO Sept 3 - 8, 2022
Azmera Adventures are about making way for transformation while experiencing God in adventure.
"The day we summited was super hard. Just like I conquered Kilimanjaro, I realized that, with God, I could conquer much that life brings my way."
GREECE April 6 - 14, 2022
SOUTH AFRICA February 25 - 28, 2022
"When I came to this haven retreat, I was exhausted spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I came expecting to find rest physically but God opened my eyes to see other areas of my life that needed rest. I am thankful for the opportunity and space to come here and be refreshed. I experience,d the Fathers’ love & touch. I am ready to go back out back to my home, community & ministry and reach out in a new way."
"My love tank has been filled! I have been showered with love, acceptance, and so many blessings. God’s love for me has been so real in this time."
"I came here spiritually dry. This haven retreat has helped me find joy in my walk with Jesus again."
"Never have I so quickly and deeply formed relationships with so many women over just a few days as I did at this retreat. Authenticity and openness were fostered in such a sweet way that shallow conversation was unnecessary."
KENYA February 17 - 20, 2022
"Often when I visit home, I feel like people don’t know how much I need to be refreshed by attentiveness. Working overseas can be exhausting and lonely work. We serve but often don’t take the time or know where to find the deep kind of rest and receiving that the Azmera haven retreat avails to us. Thank you for helping to send ministers to us. Thank you for blessing me with strength and tools for this season in my life. Your contribution has been invaluable and the nurture I received has fueled my capacity to go back with new purpose & strength."
"My hope coming here was that God would renew my vision, passion, and direction for the work He has called me to in Uganda, and He did just that."
ONLINE November 12 - 12, 2021
"Thank you SO much for organizing this time to meet with Jesus and each other and be encouraged. So amazing and the Holy Spirit is already speaking to my heart."
"I've really been looking forward to this time, but until this morning, didn't even realize how much I needed it right now in the midst of recent craziness and stress."
CYPRUS October 14 - 17, 2021
"The communion with the saints at this haven retreat has been enriching and encouraging and soul stirring in my walk with the Lord. Getting to hear how God is working in so many different countries and context’s and being reminded that I am not alone has been powerful, and makes one excited and refueled to get back to ministry."
"Thank you for making it possible for women across the globe to be encouraged. I have had the Lord meet me in places that I didn’t know that I needed to be met as well as places that I knew I needed"
STATESIDE Summit September 30 - October 2, 2021
"I was truly a blessing to 'bear one another's burdens' and share similar experiences with like minded sisters in Christ, and feel a bit less 'alone' in relocating back to the U.S., etc."
"Life changing! Heard from God on a crucial prayer request and my heart was so encouraged."
"I feel like after 3 years of being back in the states, I finally got to debrief and share my story with people who understood and could relate and pray for me."
COSTA RICA April 15 - 18, 2021
"Thank you for facilitating an amazing weekend for me to focus on my relationship with Christ and take time to listen. I have felt seen and loved after a very isolating season in my life. This retreat is a beautiful image of the body of Christ and I return to my place of service renewed, hope ignited, and with guidance to make new steps"
"Thanks so much for the gift of sending women to bless us and bring us out of our boxes to see something new of God. I was refreshed and am now ready to go back into the battle. Keep up the good work supporting women all over the world who love and serve the Lord. We need it!
""God is using every detail of this ministry – bringing other global workers together is a gift – even without all the goodies (but I loved those too). I feel like I have a “tribe” now of women who get me!! "
ONLINE November 6 - 8, 2020
"This season has been especially isolating and confusing. It was such a breath of fresh air to be with women from all over the world who are experiencing similar difficulty. I was reminded over and over again. You are not alone. This is hard, and God is still very, very good."
"Azmera ONLINE helped me to feel understood in some struggles and see that I am not the only one feeling that way. It helped me to express what really is inside of my heart, what I couldn´t express like that before."
""I appreciated that Connection Circles and the workshops were small enough for actual interaction."
STATESIDE Summit September 24 - 26, 2020
"Wow! I came in to the retreat with just a beginning awareness that it was okay to be disappointed and sad about the "good plan" God has me in right now. Throughout the retreat, this idea of sitting in the emotion and not trying to "deaden desires" was reiterated in several ways and times. I finally let myself sit in the sad and lonely and not feel ashamed for feeling that way. That was a huge breakthrough. I feel refreshed! Even after all that hard and raw emotion."
"After an unexpected and traumatic exit from the field, this haven retreat has been like streams of water to my soul to be with other global worker sisters. Thank you so much!"
"We have needed to breathe for so long and this time was invaluable to my heart."
CAMBODIA February 21-24, 2020
"I arrived tired & feeling spiritually dry, now I’m leaving rested, blessed by God’s love expressed thru human hands such as yours. I feel empowered to go out & continue serving our Father & my community in Cambodia."
"I have been above and beyond blessed by this retreat. I haven’t felt so spoiled in all my life. The love and gifts that have been poured out to me has overwhelming. As a missionary, we go long periods of time, even years, without having anyone pour back into us. I can’t say enough, thank you! I have made new friends and been spiritually & physically revived. I’m ready to get back into the battle!"
THAILAND February 13 - 16, 2020
"This retreat has been an incredible blessing of rest, laughter, prayer, and new friendships! I have felt lonely and stuck in a place where making new relationships seemed too far out of reach. This special time with Azmera has brought new hope and sweet friendships over and over in the course of 4 days. It was a breath of fresh air and such a live-giving time. God used the retreat to encourage and bless us!"
"God moved here, greatly, palpably – through this team and through your prayers and support. This was one of those times the father met me personally (as well as MANY others here) and refilled our tanks – Refilled our strengths and spirits to journey on. This retreat has encouraged my souls and reignited some of my passion that has grown a bit weary over the years. I’m humbled, grateful, overwhelmed and deeply blessed."
ECUADOR October 17-20, 2019
"I have been so blessed by being for once on the receiving end of being ministered to, lavishly spoiled, prayed for and counseled, encouraged in my walk with Jesus, being fed outrageously delicious food and spending time with people who know about personal struggles, failures, depression and burnout, who lovingly helped me to continue focusing on our Lord Jesus, paying attention to His voice and rejecting the lies of the accuser."
~ German serving in Ecuador
"God knows EXACTLY what I need. After my experience in the protests of Ecuador. I very much needed counseling and rest. I have slept, enjoyed nature, been pampered, and had professional help for my trauma. Living in a place where help and rest are hard to find, this is a treasure! " ~ American serving in Ecuador
INDONESIA (Bali) April 11-14, 2019
"I have lived overseas for 14 years and have never been to anything like this. It was the most encouraging weekend I have ever had in my life. Since we taught at Christian Universities in S. Korea & Indonesia, we weren’t connected to a mission agency, so this was so needed for a Kingdom worker like me who has received almost 0 member care. We are transitioning soon, and I pray that many more people could experience this. Every volunteer & speaker reflected the Love of Christ. Jesus with skin on."
~ American serving in Indonesia
"I came here burdened with so many ministry concerns and will be going back enlightened and full of hope, with increased faith to our gracious, loving God. May I continue to shine as LIGHT in the darkness in the community." ~ Filipino serving in Philipines
UGANDA FEB 21 - 24, 2019
"Thank you for the opportunity to be loved on abundantly. One of the greatest gifts was solid teaching to empower and inspire me to go back home filled with the Spirit, to walk confidently in who God created me to be and do the work God has put before me through abiding in Him. This time was a beautiful space to be poured into and refreshed. " ~ American serving in Uganda
"This retreat has been a turning point in my life. Knowing that I am loved and that someone somewhere prays and intercedes for me is amazing. No matter what I go through, God is God and is with me. My life has been restored. Thank you. Let me go and shine this light out to my people and my community." ~ Ugandan serving in Uganda
CYPRUS NOV 8 - 11, 2018
"Words cannot express what this conference has done for us. I came not knowing what to expect, except that I had asked God that someone would speak into my life about something I had been praying. God “wowed” me! He spoke! It was from someone I never expected and knew nothing about. I leave today so full, so loved!" ~ serving in Cyprus
"This retreat in Cyprus has been so life-changing for me. It gave me a new energy, renewed faith, new love, and excitement to build His Kingdom, and I feel that my cup is overflowing with joy, peace, and hope. I can’t wait to minister now with a renewed spirit and to encourage my family and co-laborers." ~ serving in Israel
COSTA RICA APR 12 - 15, 2018
"This past weekend provided me with fellowship and worship in English. The love and gifts overflowed and made me feel so deeply loved. Most of all the prayers of these righteous women before, during and afterward are powerful and effective. Thank you for the opportunity to be refreshed, renewed, ministered to, pray for and deeply love. It truly was an honor to be part of this special weekend." ~ American serving in Costa Rica
THANK YOU! This retreat has been an answer to many prayers! I needed the time to connect with Jesus and hear from Him. I needed to connect with other Godly women who have lived or are living what I am. I have been encouraged and challenged and am going back to work and love better with a. full tank of love." ~ Costs Rican serving in Costa Rica
CAMBODIA FEB 8 - 11, 2018
“I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this retreat. I was feeling very confused/unsettled/stressed by decisions to be made and the circumstances and implications of those decisions. This retreat has given me the time and space to sort through some of all that. More importantly, it has refocused me on God and encouraged/inspired me to deepen my roots and water them well before the “next step” comes. I feel like I have regained my foundation of Christ! All this has come at a great time for me. I am so grateful for the scholarship that provided for me to come and for the workers who gave so much love, care, and encouragement to me. ~ American serving in Cambodia
“My spirit is lifted up through morning talks and small group time. This retreat is much beyond what I expected. I got one-on-one counseling and prayer time with the ladies. My questions were answered. All my burdens were laid down at the feet of Jesus... Now I can go back to serve with a joyful heart.” ~ Chinese serving in Cambodia
POLAND OCT 20 - 23, 2017
“How can I possibly thank you enough for your generosity?.... You have blessed me so deeply… I came to the retreat battered and weary and I am leaving today feeling strengthened and energized… Every detail of these days created a strong sense of who God is and how much He loves us. The volunteers were truly the embrace of God for me. .” ~ Serving in the Czech Republic
“Words can’t begin to express how much this weekend has meant to me. God has met me here in my brokenness and has given me such great encouragement. Thanks for helping to make it possible for me to be here. I feel recommitted to following God in whatever He has for me in the coming season of life.” ~ Serving in Hungary
BOLIVIA MAR 15-18, 2017
"Personally, from this experience of the retreat, I have been cared for, I have been made to feel special, I have been reaffirmed in my gifting. God has totally used this time to bless me. It was very much needed during a dark time in ministry. Thank you for supporting this investment in my life.” American serving in Bolivia
“I want you to know what an amazing blessing this ministry is. Over the past few days I’ve witnessed hearts and lives changed. God was here and moving in each of our lives. I am leaving today refreshed, renewed and knowing that I am 100% loved by our Savior. The memories I have made will last a lifetime. A truly impactful 3 days."
American serving in Bolivia
KENYA FEB 8-11, 2017
“I can’t begin to tell you what God has done in my life through the last few days of this retreat! Every day, we as woman, pour our lives out in service for Christ and others. The goal is always to give out of the abundant excess that God has poured in, but lately, if I can be honest, the excess has not been there and the well has been dry, yet the demands keep coming. Having this time to get away, laugh, pray, and be prayed for, worship, and be quiet before my living Savior Jesus, has not only filled the tank but produced the overflow that I need daily. Not only that, but I have more clarity on the issues that depleted my will and what needs to change as a result!
~ American serving in Rwanda
“I must say that this retreat was for me in particular. I lost my lovely son last year in Oct 22 and I did not know that my heart was full of tears and pain until I came here for the Azmera Haven Retreat. …Everyone accepted me the way I was and welcomed my tears. I realized I hadn’t checked my inner self for a long time. I praise God that the Holy Spirit pointed out my tears and pain, and now I am free and light in Jesus’s name.“ ~Ugandan serving in Uganda
ISRAEL SEP 19-22, 2016
"This retreat has been so amazing for me – and such a great refresh for my soul. It has strengthened me to continue the work God has called me here. I am blessed and refreshed. Thank you for your sacrificial giving
that enables me – a Jewish girl to take part.” ~ Israeli ministering
"There were so many moments at this retreat that I felt refreshed, encouraged, challenged, & empowered. I have never experienced such an edifying, life-giving group of women before! I am so excited to return home and use the ways I have been blessed her to bless others.” ~ American Military Wife ministering in Israel