Since 2011 Annette has served the Maasai tribe in northern Tanzania. Working with medical teams, teaching health and hygiene at a youth camp, working with widow groups, making home visits to palliative care patients with HIV. Being a part of their lives is her passion.
In 2018 Annette participated in a Healing the Wounds of Trauma training session. She then facilitated a training session in Scottsdale, Arizona. She also facilitated training in Tanzania with 30 pastors and their wives in December 2019. Annette has completed her Initial Healing the Wounds of Trauma through the American Bible Society and is working towards her advanced training.
“We cannot imagine the trauma that some of these refugees have experienced, and we are not here to diminish that. We are here to help them realize that what has happened in their lives affects them and their families as well, but God is a God of healing, and He alone can bring renewed hope.”
Joan is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, is the wife (for 45 years) of Bill Heitzinger, mother of their five grown sons, and grandmother of 11 and counting. She has been a Lay Counselor at Scottsdale Bible Church for over 12 years. Joan is a Facilitator for Healing the Wounds of Trauma, participating internationally in Jordan, Tanzania, and India. With her financial skills, she is still an integral part of the family business she and her husband started over 40 years ago. Joan considers grandparenting a critical ministry and devotes as much time as possible in that endeavor. She is an avid hiker and loves to lose herself, as she has over the last 30 years, playing violin in the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.
Joan has completed her advanced training in Healing the Wounds of Trauma through the American Bible Society.
Berta considers it a privilege to be an advocate for forcibly displaced people. She has worked in the refugee community in Phoenix, Arizona, for over ten years. During this time, she became acutely aware of how trauma affects refugee families: dysfunctional family units, domestic violence, depression, loneliness, lack of self-identity, shame, and worthlessness. Their stories of oppression, migration, and the experience living in refugee camps, where basic human needs are inadequate, touched her deeply. After leading a successful mentoring and tutoring program for refugee youth, God led her to work with refugee women to empower and provide a path for healing their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. Berta has completed Healing the Wounds of Trauma Initial Training through the American Bible Society. She is working toward the advanced and Master Facilitator training to bring the THI (Trauma Healing Institute) method to churches and organizations that serve vulnerable and immigrant populations.