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did it. No, some were painting, some were picking up in the garden with the children. We have a volunteer who is a biologist, and he told us when to plant the plants, and we came and did it. The children did it with so much love that everything grew. “It is beautiful for us to see,” Hernandez says. “We are all a part of this; we were all happy. We all got to know each other really well because there were times when we would get stressed, but whenever someone was stressed, there was someone else who would pick them up. It carried on and became a chain in which everyone supported one another because we got through the moments of stress. “With the children, with the mothers, with everyone, everyone is involved. This goes little by little, but it is causing changes, and the changes are noticeable.” Perhaps the biggest transformations aren’t just in the community, but in the life of a 19-year-old woman who stepped up and asked for help for herself and her family more than a year ago.

“Because of the work here, I am more social,” Castellanos says. “I am usually in a better mood. I am more tolerant. I was the kind of person, my mother says, ‘would walk by with my head down and

“Before I felt I was a person going through the world without a destination. But now I know I have someone who listens to me, who sees me, with whom I can talk to and tell all my troubles to.” –Selene Castellanos

wouldn’t talk to anybody,’ but now I am more sociable, and I am tolerant with the children, because I could not stand children before.” Because of the educational help she received, she “began to develop a taste for education. I discovered a passion to study,” which led her to fi nishing high school. She has been admitted to one of the area’s top universities, Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, to study environmental engineering. But her “biggest” transformation, in her words, is the change in her relationship to Jesus Christ. Prior to working with Buckner, she says her spiritual condition “wasn’t

very clear. I did not know about Christ. Yes, I had my own concept of God, but, like everyone says, ‘I know God and so I believe in God.’ But I think that he is the one who helped change who I was. His love, only his love, is what transformed me completely.

“Before I felt I was a person going through the world without a destination. But now I know I have someone who listens to me, who sees me, with whom I can talk to and tell all my troubles to. From what I have read in the Bible, well, we can see what he is asking from us, and it is there where I am noticing what I am doing.” n

BERRIOZÁBAL, Chiapas, Mexico – It’s the dream of Juan Carlos Millan, country director for Buckner Mexico, to transition every client of Buckner Mexico “from clients to volunteers to servants.” Recently, a team from Tuxtla-Gutier- rez traveled to a remote village outside the town of Berriozábal to deliver much-needed food, shoes and clothing to villagers. The team was comprised of Buckner staff , Bucker volunteer network members and clients from the Buckner Family Hope Center in the Trituradora Colonia.

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