The mission of La Esperanza is to encourage and strengthen the social, educational, physical and mental well being of the local Latino community and build relationships between cultures.

Mujeres Unidas en Fe (Women United in Faith) is an outreach of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Marshall, North Carolina. La Esperanza currently serves over seventy Latina families — more than 300 persons. Residing in Madison, Buncombe, and Yancey counties, the majority of these families are first and second generation immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.

To get involved with La Esperanza, please contact co-directors Rebecca Sharp (828)329-0675 and Paula Velazquez White (828)206-4027 or email


Scroll to get to know our La Esperanza leaders:

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Paula Velazquez White

Paula (Velazquez) White has been with The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (ECHS) since 2018 where she first became involved as the Sunday morning Nursery worker. In January 2022, Paula became the Co-Director of La Esperanza (The Hope), which is a Latino outreach ministry of ECHS.

As a co-director, Paula provides free interpreting and translating services for Madison County public schools. She is currently providing free dance classes and will soon complete tutor training enabling her to begin teaching English to our local Latino community with the goal to promote health and wellness.


Paula is originally from Puebla, Mexico, where she completed four years at the University of Puebla in Education as a foreign language instructor. Paula came to the country for the first time in 2013 in a cultural exchange program to work in a religious summer camp in Michigan, where she met her husband Bryan in 2014. Paula and Bryan married and had a daughter, Maria. In 2017, they moved to Marshall, NC. This little family likes to play music and dance together, go camping, spend time outdoors, and spending time together as a family.

Paula loves this parish and she feels very blessed and grateful for being part of it, she cherishes the love and support this community always gives to her and her family.


Navigate through the slideshow below to learn more about the ministries and people we serve with La Esperanza and how you can get involved with this ministry.

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