Mercer On Mission

"Experience is not what happens to a person...Experience is what a person DOES with what happens to him/her"

A Well Earned Rest

We are in Copan! Today, we said our goodbyes to Tegucigalpa, and flew to San Pedro Sula. From there, we took a bus to Copan. After we reached the hotel, we were served a delicious lunch, followed by dessert and coffee. So far, so good! Next, we journeyed to a local tea and chocolate lounge, via Tuk Tuk! My friends and I enjoyed this ride even though it felt more like a roller coaster instead of safe driving. After braving the Tuk Tuk, we were immersed in the culture and nature of Honduras through learning all about how they prepare chocolate and tea. I tried the cold chocolate, which is not sweet at all just to let you know. But, I was glad I could try it because it was prepared in the traditional Honduran way.  We learned all about tea, local plants and how they can be used as treatments and as preventative measures against illness. We got to eat leaves! They were Moringa, and it is actually very good for your body. I love trying new things, so I'm very grateful for the opportunity to visit a place so authentic and genuine. 

As we rest and prepare for a fun day tomorrow, I can't help but think about what we left behind in Tegucigalpa and Choluteca. We had to say goodbye to one of the kindest people I have ever met, Leslie, our HOI representative. Even though I have only known her for two weeks, it is plain to anyone that encounters her that she chooses to lead her life with love. She is humble and hardworking. When people talk about serving others, we often say something about how we are the hands and feet of Jesus. We are His boots on the ground, his workers and warriors. Yet, I never truly met anyone that embodied and encapsulated this lifestyle like her. I could so clearly see Jesus through her. It made me realize that this was the effect we can truly have on people. We can choose to love them, to help them and serve them. The opportunity is all around us, all we have to do is be willing. 

R. Sukumar

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