Mercer On Mission

2016 Blog

This blog is made and updated by Mercer undergrads. Throughout our time in Honduras, students from the various disciplines will write about their experiences serving. 

R and R

What are some words that come to mind when you think of the term "developing nations?" Poor? Dirty? Disease? Well, you're not wrong. We have been surrounded by these conditions everyday. We have treated people who know nothing other than mud and sweat. We have held hands with black lined finger nails. We have picked up feet to examine decaying toe nails. We have talked to adults with four teeth and children with teeth that are quickly beginning to rot and fall out. You would expect this to be typical of a developing nation, would you not? Now ask me. What are some words that come to my mind when I think of the term "developing nations?" Gratitude. Trust. Beauty. Love. 

Let's start with gratitude. Every patient I have encountered has thanked me, either by a simple smile and wave, a handshake, a hug, or a kiss on the cheek. Every person who walks out the door after being seen, has received personal attention from multiple people on our team. In intake, we listen to their story. In vitals, we focus all our attention on them and physically interact with them in order to assess their base line health. The providers take the time to puzzle through their complaints and determine how to treat them with care and concern. In the pharmacy, patients are looked in the eyes and explained how they are to care for themselves with the medicines they receive. In education, they are taught how to lessen or prevent common diseases in order to save them from future illnesses. When the patients step out of the clinic, they have been holistically taken care of and they could not be more thankful. 

 Trust. These people trust us. They are willing to sit and let us pick up their arms and hands without blinking an eye because they believe we are here to heal and not harm them. They graciously accept the medicines we give them and do not question the medical students' judgement. They follow the arm movements of our team without batting an eye and trust that they are being led in the right direction without any words in Spanish to help. They trust that we would never lead them astray. 

 Beauty. We are enveloped by mountains here. I cannot sit in the bus without looking out the window to stare at the same mountains we pass everyday. It's a breathtaking view and it's in the middle of a country where the people struggle to find clean water. Amongst all this poverty, is beauty. We got to experience the beauty of Honduras today when we traveled to the ocean. Everyone was amazed by the luscious green island combined with churning waters, distant mountains and fishing boats. This picture perfect scenery is no more than thirty minutes away from the poor villages we have been serving this past week. It truly is beauty in destruction. 

 Love. The love of the people here is evident by their actions and smiling faces. Sure, we are guarded by men with machine guns just in case something happens, but the patients would never think to harm the people they are entrusting their health to. I think the most evident love that is in this country is their love of God. Our church visit last Sunday was revitalizing. We were able to feel their love radiating throughout the room, and personally, that love and faith and spirit I witnessed there has carried me through this entire week. If these people who have nearly nothing to call their own can love God so much, why do people who have everything they have ever needed and wanted struggle? I think we can all learn from the people of this beautiful country and focus not on the material aspect of this world, but the aspects that reflect God: gratitude, trust, beauty and love.
Taylor, undergrad

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