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. 

My Favorite hello and hardest good bye

Today, I was able to see my family for what has seemed like a lifetime ago in which I was waving goodbye as I embarked on this wonderful adventure. Today, I felt the most happy and the most heartbroken. The thought of not returning to the villages for yet another week of clinic had not yet solidified until we had reached the airport in San Pedro Sula. As we departed from the airport, flying nearly 430 mph over the beautiful country of Honduras, I could not help to feel like I had left something behind. Although my checked luggage did not exceed the weight limit, It had felt like my heart did.
We never expect a good bye to be truly the last time that you will see someone, it is more so regarded as a "see you later", rather then a once in a lifetime encounter. As we were furthering the distance from honduras in our flight and getting closer to being home, I realized that what I left behind in country was not an inanimate object, but a piece of my heart. Yes, our team served 1,450 patients in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, but the only danger I found myself in was that my heart was stolen by the people of Honduras. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we were all ready to go home (but that did not necessarily mean that some of us didn't want to stay at the same time). Today, I was not only saying good bye to the people of honduras, but the wonderful souls that embarked on this trip with me. We all were touched in some way by the patients and the sponsors that we had met throughout this trip, but I personally was touched by the students and faculty that I now consider family.  My good bye was not only to the patients, but to the experiences, to my friends, and to the family that was fostered through Mercer on Mission.
I will never forget the lives I have touched, and the ones that equally have touched me as well. I will never forget the blessings I have received and the humility that I have gained. I am glad to be home with my family, but I hold a heavy heart for the good byes that I had to say to Honduras and to my M.o.M. family. As we depart on our own journeys know that this shared experience was infinitely breathtaking. May the knowledge and experiences obtained on this trip be used to spread the awe-inspiring medical care in your future endeavors,

Sarah Abney - Spanish Interpreter

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