Mercer On Mission

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A Mountain View for a Tired Team

During our first week in Honduras, our team has completed five full days of clinic, braced hot and muggy weather that puts Georgia to shame, and battled a variety of  creepy crawly creatures amongst our bed sheets. Even with these triumphs, the tired eyes of the team Friday evening reflected a desperate need for physical and mental rest. Friday night was full of games and conversation amongst newly made friends. I am convinced this (along with a few more hours of sleep Saturday morning) is why everyone emerged from their rooms this morning transformed in a way. The smiles were bigger and the tone more upbeat. As we moved to the bus, I had no clue we were about to drive through some of the most breathtaking scenery I could imagine. With bus windows rolled down and the cool mountain air hitting our faces, we ascended to the town of San Marcos de Colon. We explored the streets filled with vendors selling anything from food to clothing. However, during the exploration in our small groups of 4 to 7 people, I could not have felt more like a zoo animal. Eyes constantly followed our steps and heads turned to catch a glance. We were then transported even further up the mountain for a delicious lunch with another great view. We even had the opportunity to walk to a clearing with a drop off that made for amazing photos with a lush green mountain view. Some members channeled their inner mountain goat and made their way to the very highest point. Following the meal, we made our way back to the hotel where we had only dinner and rest planned the remainder of the evening. It easy after a week of such a foreign environment and hard work to feel burnt out and unmotivated. This is also a difficult time because the dysfunctional elements of trip have emerged. Right now the team and its individuals have a choice to make. We can be bogged down and drown in every unplanned, uncomfortable, unwanted, and frustrating situation thrown our way or we can chose to find and focus on the blessings, gifts, and triumphs we have. Between the fun earlier in the day, the allotted time for rest in the evening, and a continual reflection on the good and positivity that is woven into this trip, it is my hope that we can regain the spark and drive we held in the at the beginning of the week. Tomorrow is yet another day to extinguish our weariness so on Monday we can jump right back into the job we came here to do. 


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