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My name is Kristine Barnes, and I moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina in 1978. I met Edith in 2003 when my husband told me about a Spanish language class offered at Luz del Pueblo (long before it was Luz del Pueblo), a United Methodist church in Cary, NC. Edith and I became friends then. She invited another woman and me to come with her to Perú to see her town, Peralvillo. At first it was more of a whim, but it evolved into an actual plan...

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My name is Edith Salazar Veliz, and I am originally from Peru. I have lived in North Carolina since 2000. I married my husband, who is from Mexico 8 years ago. We have one six year-old son, Emanuel. I am a pastor at a United Methodist Church in Cary, Lus del Pueblo/ Light of the People. When we began the Hispanic ministry at White Plains UMC 13 years ago, I met Kristine Barnes. She was interested in supporting the ministry and learning Spanish. She got more involved in the ministry, and helped us lias between English and Spanish speaking churches. She saw the needs of our community, so she began teaching ESL classes and assisted families in registering their children for school. Through this involvement she began to know and really love the culture and values of the immigrants that speak Spanish in our area....

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