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SPEAKER - Peg Forrest

Peg Forrest’s passion is for living out her calling to teach and disciple women of all ages, whether through the spoken or written word. Peg leans on her years of “on-the-job-training” as a global worker in Kenya, as a biblical counselor and Dean of Womenat Arizona Christian University, as well as, her experiences in leading women’s bible studies, and her love of sharing Jesus-relevant-stories, to draw women into deeper intimacy and a more secure identity in their Savior. Peg considers herself a simple woman with a simple message to which ladies everywhere relate and are encouraged.Peg and her husband, a former 6′ 10′′ NBA center for the Phoenix Suns, began Focus Ministries in 1992 on their return from Africa (www.focusministries.org), andtravel worldwide, using their life-stories and experiences to share the gospel with a FreshOutlookCentering Upon the Savior. Together they have written and/or co-authored six books.

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WORSHIP LEADER - Whitney Ohman Costa

Whitney has a deep passion for leading, growing, and discipling young women so they may know how incredibly loved they are by Jesus, and how exceptionally beautiful they are in the eyes of Jesus. She believes that women are turned into incredible tools for the Kingdom of God when they realize who they are as the Beloved of Jesus Christ! Whitney also owns and operates a vocal and piano studio where she teaches young people to grow in their abilities and appreciation of music. She has been married to her husband Wilson for 4 years and has an adorable son Wallace.  

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WORSHIP LEADER - Lauren Lewakowski

Lauren currently works in the Denver professional sports ticketing industry and began singing worship music for churches only a few short years ago. She has always been passionate about music but quickly learned God wanted to use her as a tool to lead others in praise and worship. By working outside the walls of traditional ministry, Lauren feels as if she has been given a unique opportunity to help others bump into Jesus who may not be actively seeking Him. This is her first overseas opportunity to minister to others, and she is eager to see how God moves in the hearts of attendees and volunteers alike. Outside of worship music and seeking God’s Kingdom, she has a passion for baking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling whenever possible.

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Retreat Manager - Kari Berglund

Kari lives in Littleton, CO. She has three adult children that are all married and two grandsons. 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 doingaround the world in any way she can. In her free time, she pursues photography and anything crafty.

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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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Heidi Marinelli

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Debi Moore

Debi has been involved in short-term 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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Ann Watson

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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