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Missionary in East Asia for 22 years.  I have an MA in Counseling and a seminary certificate in Spiritual Direction and am a nationally certified Pilates instructor.  I enjoy finding Creative Ways to combine my love of prayer and Connection to our bodies into retreats where women can explore ways to invite God into both of these areas in their lives. I have 2 daughters 19 and 16 and have been married to an amazing husband for 29 Years. 

Crystal Boecker

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Deborah Buchstaber

Deborah is C.O.O. for the Crazy 8s.  She is married to Mark, head FUN-ster of the crazy8s. They have 1/2 dozen kiddos ranging in age from 8-20. She has a passion for womens ministry, bible study, and prayer. She has been involved with Bible Study Fellowship for 15 years and involved at her church organizing and leading womens groups and events since 1989. She has led a large group of women who orchestrated 3 special events each year for thousands of attendees. Deborah transitioned into MOPS ministry and served as a group leader & steering committee leader for 5 years. She and 2 friends began a moms of teens group at her church which grew to over 100 women attending monthly! The last few years, she has felt called to focus on prayer and is so honored and thrilled to coordinate the prayer team for Azmera’s haven retreat to Israel! She looks forward to praying with, for and over the global servant attendees.

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Heather Fowler

Heather will be joining her talents with other volunteers for our Azmera Haven Retreat in September in Israel. Check out her YouCaring page for more information and to support Heather.

Heather will be joining her talents with other volunteers for our Azmera Haven Retreat in September in Israel. Check out her YouCaring page for more information and to support Heather.

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Judyann Gallego-Leonard

My heart, work and ministry is focused on encouraging "wounded healers". Besides my current counseling of women global workers, I am blessed to be a therapist co-leading intensive week long retreats for pastors, chaplains and missionaries at the Shepherds's Canyon Retreat center in Arizona. My husband and I also sub with Life Impact Ministries in Oasis houses around the world giving rest and de-briefing to missionaries and pastors. When at home I am an adjunct professor at William Jessup University teaching those entering the field of psychology. I have a private practice and enjoy my work as a critical incident specialist giving support after a work crisis. In my personal life my sweet husband Mark and my amazing children and grandchildren continue to bring joy to me every single day. 

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Sarah shares her life through example and experience with those who cross her path in this journey of life. She encourages hearts through sharing her testimony of widowhood, motherhood, grand-parenting or a gentle touch and facial smile.  Sarah spends time reading, studying God’s Word, painting, and photography. Sarah’s life-song mission is to impact lives for Christ by being Jesus with skin on wherever and with whomever God brings into the journey. She is a graduate from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, mother of five children, grandmother of twelve and volunteers as coordinator, retreat speaker, group facilitator or kitchen crew within her local church.

Sarah Link

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Rachel Olson

Rachel will be joining her talents with other volunteers for our Azmera Haven Retreat in September in Israel. Check out her YouCaring page for more information and to support Rachel.

Anita Ohm

It has been my privilege to observe sacrifices that missionary women make to minister to others and to work along side them for a short time. My desire is that I can be Jesus' hands and feet and show love to missionary women as they have loved others and give them a time of respite. My life experience includes being a widow and losing a son and with God’s guidance walking with other women through this process to finding their hope and strength in Christ. I am a retired speech pathologist/teacher, a proud grandmother and an active Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care as well as a Peer Coordinator for other advocates. I enjoy quilting and sewing for my grandkids. I look forward to seeing how God can use me on this journey.

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Carla Boelkens

Carla is from the Chicago suburbs where she lives in an apartment in a 100 year old red barn. The property is a sanctuary for her introverted soul, yet only a half mile from the fast-paced suburban life. She manages a busy office for natural healthcare practitioner/chiropractor, is involved in various ministries at her church, and is devoted to her family in the Chicago area, Dallas/Austin and Phoenix. A former city-dweller, one of Carla's favorite things is to spend time in Chicago exploring neighborhood restaurants, going to plays and visiting friends. Carla loves to travel and has been blessed to serve in a variety of capacities in several countries. Her goal is to serve God's global workers full-time. She is in the beginning stages of building a business to fund that goal. Carla is thrilled to be returning to Kenya with the Azmera team where she traveled numerous times in leading a social enterprise, Global Bag Project. 

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Sandi Floria

Sandi grew up in a small Texas town with a big desire to see the world.  During college she was privileged to travel with an international music missions team and gained a passion for ministry and encouraging the body around the world. After marrying, she and her husband dove into full-time ministry. She has a great desire to encourage women to see who they are in Christ and realize that their true beauty rests in the eyes of the ONE who loves them most. Another passion is leading believers to the throne of God in worship and adoration of Him. She lives with her husband, Bram, of 24 years, their 2 boys, Cadence and Canon (their 2 girls -Demi and Lyric- have moved away to college), and two dogs on 30 acres in Central Texas. 

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Tracey Hagman

Tracey Hagman is married and a mother of two boys; Samuel 23 and Simon 20. The Hagman family has lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya since 2002. Tracey and her husband Eric run a children’s center called Heshima, which means “Dignity” in Swahili. Heshima  provides therapy and special education for disabled children and a job for the mothers of these children. Tracey loves Jesus because He first loved her”

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Faith Creech

Faith is a former teacher, pastors' wife and missionary. Currently Faith and her husband Chris are semi retired and have their own ministry, Understanding Ministry Health, where they care for ministry workers in crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Faith has a daughter and two grandsons and lives in The Rocky Mountains at 10,000 feet.

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Joy Lane

Joy is a California girl married to retired navy hubby Matt; Boy Mom to three young men; newly-minted MIL(AKA gained a daughter-yeah!) former homeschooler and loves being crafty with photos, paper & more, At a young age, she chose nursing as a profession and saw it as a bridge to serving others for the Kingdom. Navy life offered cross-cultural opportunities to live, travel and serve others alongside her faithful husband around the world, lastly in Africa. Joy enjoys serving in women's ministries, disaster relief, A/V team, and sharing their family's home with others. She is a trained Precepts Bible Study Leader, and teaches the importance of preserving family's stories through her home-based business. 

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Charlene Benson

Charlene is passionate about travel and helping others improve their lives.  She’s been to all 50 states and several countries for pleasure, church festivals, and missions. They have two sons (26 & 23), two daughters-in-law, and 2.5 grandchildren (3rd due in June).  She and her husband have been involved with Adventures in Missions since their son did the World Race in 2011.  Since becoming a counselor in 2007, she developed the Ditch People© model and Targeted Negative Belief Replacement© TNBR. She enjoys sharing the insights she learned about relationships and assisting in the healing journey of others. What better way to do that then impact women who are impacting the world?

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