A Few Quick Thoughts Before the 14 hour Flight

April 2, 2016 is the first day of our trip to India. I have been trying to pull things together this past week in the midst of the busyness at work. Multiple times I have stopped myself in my anxious raid to try to grasp the larger picture of why I’m running around in the first place. I think that this life reflection would be a great place to start the blog.

The big picture.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to be super theological here. I’m not that deep of a thinker, but I do want to write out for you some of the main reasons why I have an interest in this trip to India.  Hopefully this interest, if my writing is not too dull, will spark some excitement for you too!

Why India?  Well, for one, it is becoming the most populous country in the world, catching up to China. The population is projected to reach about 1.5 billion by the end of this century!  It’s diversity is also unbelievable with over 447 languages, and the religion and spirituality of the people is deeply ingrained in the culture.

We should care about these facts because there are many socioeconomic gaps that still need to be filled in the country. The literacy rate is about 71%, and the infant mortality rate is 38%!

If your jaw didn’t drop with that number, now is the time to drop it. This problem (infant mortality) is one that felt close to home too with 2-3 babies dying in Franklin County before the age of 1 every week.


India also has one of the highest rates of human trafficking, which is also a pressing issue in Columbus, OH with anti-human trafficking efforts growing and gaining much needed ground.

These are a few of the topics I’ll to delve into later on, but again, I’ll stick to the “big picture” today.

In the midst of my busyness and exhaustion, I have caught myself too many times forgetting the enormous need of my community and the greater reason of why all of the “busyness” matters.  We are people who are meant for community and when we forget to look at other’s lives around us (near and far), we become more self-focused and tend to lose sight of our greater purpose.

My hope in this trip halfway across the world is to spend time re-introducing myself to this greater goal and to help spread hope and excitement for each other.

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Meredith Merkley

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Meredith Merkley was born in the mountains of Colorado, but moved to Ohio, New Mexico and then Arizona. She has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. Afterwards, she packed her bags again and moved to Ohio where she graduated as a D.O. from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is currently completing her second year of pediatric residency.


    1. Awesome! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

    1. Sounds inspiring! You have picked very important causes. God loves you!

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