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. 

Where Two Worlds Become One

The past three days of clinic have been nothing short of wonderful. As a team, we've already treated over 400 patients and formed bonds with our peers that will probably last for a lifetime. We haven't only formed bonds with our peers, but with the patients we met and the kids that we encountered as well.

One bond stood out to me in particular. As we were wrapping up the day in Guanacastillo on Monday, our very first day of clinics, I spotted a young boy wearing a FC Barcelona jersey from afar. For those of you who don't already know about FC Barcelona: they're a soccer team that pretty much everyone knows about. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone - myself included. As a fellow FC Barcelona fan, I saw this as a perfect opportunity for conversation and decided to go up to the young boy and talk to him a bit about the team (by the way, FC Barcelona fans love talking about FC Barcelona whenever they get they chance). I learned that the young boy, Javier, is 12 years old and that his favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi. His friends approached us when they saw me talking to him and also started talking to me about their favorite soccer players. In the middle of our conversation, I paused suddenly and told them that I would be right back. I left and went to go find Sarah, and told her that I wanted a soccer ball that I could give to Javier. Javier was thrilled when I presented the ball to him and told him that it was his to keep and share with his friends, and he was even more thrilled when I asked him if he wanted to play together before I left. We found an area of the clinic that was relatively clear of rocks and started passing the ball back and forth to each other, and then slowly, others trickled in to play. Before I knew it, I was playing soccer not only with Javier, but with his friends, their friends, and some students from our Mercer on Mission team. For the few minutes that we all played together, it was as if we didn't come from entirely different backgrounds - it felt as though we were one. At that moment in time, we were simply a group of people who shared a common love for soccer, and it was that love that allowed me to have the opportunity to talk to Javier and allowed all of us to get to play together. I can't think of a better way to describe how that felt other than beautiful. Everything about it - playing together, laughing together, and talking to each other was simply beautiful, and soccer was what allowed that to happen. There's a reason why soccer is called "the beautiful game", and I learned exactly why that day. 

-Zayna, Interpreter

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