Mercer On Mission

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On the first day of our journey, our eyes were met with the beautiful sapphire and emerald vista that undulated with hills against the misty sky. We were exposed to the beauty of the land. On the second day of our journey, we were able to delve beyond the surface and were immersed in the beauty of the culture. Our hosts welcomed us with open arms but their hospitality and generosity were even more prevalent the second day. The Mercer on Mission team all met at breakfast at 8:00 am. The first portion of the meal was fresh and juicy fruit. However, the second portion of breakfast was my favorite by far. The camarero offered us two choices: panqueques or la desayuno tradicional. I wanted to have a more traditional breakfast. La desayuno tradicional consisted of juevos revueltos con jamón, frijoles, queso, and plátanos. The juevos revueltos' soft and light flavor paired well with the savory and strong flavor of the jamón. The frijoles' smoky flavor  brightened the creamy queso. The plátanos' sweet and soft texture made them a star all on their own. After breakfast, half of the team began preparing the medications and other supplies for the first day of clinic while the other half of the team had 2 hours of leisure. A couple friends and I wandered around the compound. As we were admiring the scenery and exploring, we stumbled upon mass. A majority of the people of Honduras are Roman Catholics, like me. My friends and I were curious and intrigued by the vibrant sounds of instruments and voices. We received permission to briefly watch the mass. As we entered the venue, our ears perked up with the sound of the priest's voice. He spoke like a pianist playing a trill with each sentence he sang, a sharp contrast to the more stoic Roman Catholic masses I was accustomed to in the United States. It was one of the most inspiring and uplifting moments I've ever experienced during mass. After our brief visit, it was time for the other half of the team to prepare medications and supplies for our first day of clinic.

-K. Gania

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