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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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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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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 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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Jessica DeJonge

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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Regina Flanery

Regina lives in Texarkana, Texas.  She has two amazing daughters and six precious grandchildren. She is a retired Dental Technician and works part-time at a Community College. She loves her mornings, coffee, and getting to know the Lord more. Regina was blessed to be a part of the Ecuador Retreat in 2019.  She saw how the Lord moved in a mighty way. She has served with her church on two mission trips in Mexico. She helps teach a Women’s Bible Study at her church and is a part of a Women’s prayer group. She finds great joy coming alongside other women sharing and growing together in Grace and Truth. As a single mom for many years she has learned the faithfulness of the Lord and the importance of encouragement. Her heart's desire is to use the gifts the Lord has given her to encourage other women. She is excited and grateful for this opportunity to be a part of serving the women who have been called to serve around the world. Doing all this for one King-Jesus.

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Heather Fowler

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.

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Nan Goodenow

Nan has a desire to help others, especially women, to discover a Christ-centered perspective in the midst of life's circumstances. After spending 20 years running from God, including just short of 10 years hating Him for the death of her 3 1/2 year old son Zachery, Nan fell back into the loving, faithful arms of Jesus. Over the past 18+ years Jesus has literally "restored the years the locust have eaten" and Nan now walks fully (most of the time!) in the freedom of Christ. Her passion is to help others find that same freedom from shame, guilt and regret as Jesus replaces it with His grace, forgiveness and mercy. Nan’s truly extraordinary husband, best friend and Brother in Christ Gary, was called Home to Jesus a few years ago and she is discovering the ridiculously abundant faithfulness and kindness of Jesus once again. She is overjoyed by the graciousness of God who blended together a family built on Christ of Yours, Mine, and Someone else's along with Max and Mabel her sweet grandchildren!

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Ann Heinrich

Jesus surprised Ann by giving her a love for women in the field, in just the past few years.  She was the licensed counselor for the crew of Mercy Ship's AFM and served in West Africa and the Canaries from 2016-2019. Seeing first hand the needs of women serving Jesus in a unique way. She is a former teaching director of Community Bible Study and has a private counseling practice. She now lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband of many years! They have raised a crew of 6 kids, birth, adopted and guardianship and are the proud grandparents to 12. Loves to travel and looking forward to Azmera retreats.

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Janie Lippincott

Janie has lived in many places, moving more than twenty times with her husband and four daughters while Marv served as a Navy Chaplain.  She now lives in Western PA as a widow and retired nurse.  Traveling to visit her four married daughters and 16 grandchildren brings her much joy.  Her ever changing life has taught her to be flexible, to trust in God and to experience God's faithful provision in a myriad of circumstances.

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Arline Parris

Arline is continually humbled and amazed at God’s working in her life. After ministering in South Africa for 20 years, she and husband Jim returned to U.S. pastoral ministry. Now the Lord has called them to travel (in person and via technology) to His scattered servants for coaching, de-briefing, encouragement and prayer. Often they teach God’s Word; often they listen. Arline’s passion is seeing & being a piece of God’s restorative work in His prime people across the globe. Her 3 sons and their families (9 grandchildren) are the joy of her life! 

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Mary Jane Utterback

Mary Jane is a worshipper, prayer warrior and an encourager. Through honest vulnerability, she has experienced the Holy Spirit breaking up and freeing hearts from pain and bondages and seen feet a’dancing. Coming from Scottsdale Arizona, she brings over 40 years of prayer ministry to Azmera for God’s Glory. As a retired teacher she volunteers for Sunday school, VBS, and an after school program called Mentor Kids for children in underprivileged schools. She serves as a music, swimming and reading teacher. She has 4 married children and 17 grandchildren. Excited to serve, she counts it a privilege to pray for God’s girls in Azmera.

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Patti Weber

Patti is a Registered Nurse and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Corvallis, Oregon.  She loves serving at Azmera Haven retreat and is so excited to be able to support and encourage the women who will come for this time of refreshment.  Patti’s great joy is mentoring the younger women that God brings into her life.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed, their families, and exploring God’s amazing creation.

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Christina Carter - Executive Director

Having served overseas for 15 years with Cru (12 yrs in Kazakhstan), Christina understands the value of being nurtured, loved, and encouraged while living abroad. She has managed retreats for women serving overseas in over 15 countries. She is passionate about mobilizing  believers for what God is doing overseas. When attaining her Bachelor’s degree’s in Travel & Tourism and Marketing, she never imagined God’s great plans for her. She loves being a wife to Andy and a mom to 3 MK's Holly, Curran, and Ian.

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***Azmera is a registered 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!***

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