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

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SPEAKER - Grace Cabalka

Grace loves to encourage people to walk in intimacy with God. She has been a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer for over 25 years. She served overseas part-time for many years in Romania and did a stint of one year in the DRCongo in 2007. She enjoys great coffee and long chats about life, love, personal growth, God, and grandkids. Grace is married, has four adult children and eight grandchildren...hoping for more.

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Ruth’s ultimate desire in life is to minister to the heart of her Father. She is in love with the man Jesus and wants nothing more then to spend her life in His presence. She is guided by the Holy Spirit in all acts of worship and loves exploring his mysteries through music, dance, art, and movement. 


Ruth’s heart is to see the atmosphere of Africa changed through worship. She is convinced and has seen time and time again that it is only through Gods presence that we can be transformed. She is believing for a supernatural encounter with her maker in Uganda and is praying for heavenly fire to touch earth and for every women who comes to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. 


Ruth has led worship off and on in some aspect for almost 20yrs. Most recently, she sings and plays guitar for a devotional set at her church, Upper Room and leads worship yoga classes in Dallas, TX. She is madly in love with a man who has a heart of gold; her husband Chris. They have been married for 3yrs.

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RETREAT MANAGER - Judy Armstrong

Judy enjoys using her skills to listen and provide encouragement to women in the ministry field as they fulfil their ministry.  She is finishing up obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership and Ministry.  She lives in Vancouver Washington with a wonderful dog named Buddy.

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Alison Abrams

I’m a Colorado native, and therefore I love everything mountains and Broncos! Spending time with family and friends at our cabin is a favorite pastime. Teaching 5th graders challenges me in new ways all the time and allows me to fill my days with joy. Growing deeper in my relationship with God is a beautifully relentless pursuit, and serving Him and His kingdom in this capacity is an exciting new adventure! 

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Tracey Carlile

Tracey fell in love with Jesus after graduating from college.  She has taught children in Sunday School, worked with Youth Groups and hosted Women's Bible Studies in her home.  She has been married to Bruce for 26 years and has two daughters in college; Hannah (20) and Erynn (18).  She is not an artist but enjoys the impact of creativity and the power of writing God's word.  She is looking forward to ministering to the woman at this retreat, hearing their hearts and loving on them.  This is her first trip to Africa and she is excited to see God work.

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Kelly Clanton

Kelly enjoys using her skills to listen and provide encouragement to women in the ministry field.  One of her passions is effective small groups for women.  She lives in Bakersfield, California with her husband and has three adult children.

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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. She lives with her husband, Bram, of 26 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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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 earlier this summer 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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Talitha Johnson

Talitha is passionate about using massage therapy as a tool to help bring healing to those who are hurting physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually, as they are intricately connected. She lives in Minnesota but her heart is to travel, to explore new avenues of how to share God's love through her hands, her gifts, and her passions to those in need.

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Beth Kliewer

Beth loves her Savior; spending quality time together is priceless.  She can’t get enough 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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Carolyn Pearsey

Carolyn lives in Bakersfield, Ca and has 3 adult children, and 7 grandkids. She has been married to her husband Scott for 36 years.  She loves the Lord, and loves meeting other women, listening to their stories and encouraging them in their daily walk. She loves to come alongside and serve others.  Her hobbies are coffee :), reading, gardening, riding bikes and spending time with her friends and family.

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Shirley Suedkamp

Shirley had a passion for storytelling and writing early in her life. When she came to the Lord at age 7, through a worker in Bangladesh, she got involved in her church right away. A friend of her mom encouraged her to be a teacher, so she did for several years. Twenty years ago the Lord led her to go to beauty school, instead of pursuing a masters in education. Now she knows that her training was to be used to care for workers. Shirley is happily married, with 2 adult children.

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Karen Thacker

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Smalley Marriage Intensive Coach in Lafayette CO.  She relishes the opportunity to come alongside women at Azmera Haven Retreats and looks forward to God using her to restore and refresh the women in Uganda! When she’s not on an Azmera adventure, she and her husband treasure time spent with family and friends. Karen has elected to pay her own way; all donations made to Karen will go directly toward scholarships for women to attend the Haven Retreat.

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

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