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. 

last week at the ranch

Hi blog followers!! Last week at the ranch we didn't get to blog for you because we had some trouble with the wifi so here's the catch up. I'm not going to talk about a specific day but rather a specific small group that I had on the first day we visited the schools. The MFTs had a separate location that we visited the first week on Rancho Paraiso where we got to work with the school age children at the HOI schools on a variety of mental health topics. The first day we were mainly working on joining with the kids and learning about any stressors they might have in their home lives. The first group I got to work with started out very light with a discussion around how many people are in their family and live in their house. Truthfully, I hadn't planned on taking the subject very deep the first day because I was still getting to know the kids. However, one children said that her family was broken because her father had left when she was very young to go work in the United States and it had made her sad because she hasn't seen him in many years. This story prompted another little boy to say that his father also had left to work in the United States 3 years ago and that he missed him a lot. The little boy even began to cry when he was telling his story. I've found through talking to these kids that separated families such as these two are common here. It's interesting seeing the different family dynamics here as compared to what we usually see in the clinic at Mercer. Thanks! Chrystal McDowell MFT

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