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I had the honor of getting to know Jennifer Barker during my time as a teacher in Coleman, WI. Her family was heavily involved with the small Christian school, as their church was one of two that supported the school. I was able to spend some time talking with and learning from her about ministry life, especially in a rural context. One way in particular that she challenged me was to really learn the culture and become a part of it. That challenge has helped me open myself to the people in my church in ways I hadn’t before.