Honduras is one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere with the majority of its inhabitants living in, what we in the United States would consider, miserable and sub-par conditions. When a person from an industrialized nation hears the term “third-world country”, certain images or even smells may be imprinted in their minds and on their memories: children with swollen bellies, an elderly woman slowly dying of cancer because she cannot get treatment, few paved roads, an insufficient sewage system, burning garbage, violent riots in the street, a man on the roadside selling the last of his few and modest possessions to have money to feed his family, chickens milling about...our lists can go on of what we have learned that characterizes a third-world country. But this is exactly what you see as the bumpy, dusty bus ride into Guaimaca draws to a stop, and your heart and mind race to absorb everything that you are taking in through your senses. The last thing, though, that I expected to see was an 8 year old boy, bringing a three liter of Pepsi home to his family. It didn’t take long for me to draw a conclusion-whether we realize it or not, globalization has affected every nation and culture. Cultures have been shaped and defined by the globalization of ideas, people, companies, religions, products, etc. It is true that every people group in the world has created their own separate and unique culture, molded around their people, customs, and beliefs, but it is hard to escape the fact that the world, more specifically industrialized nations, have inserted (or should we say imposed?) their culture into that of other cultures. And so this is how we can see a little boy bring home a bottle of Pepsi in a destitute town, and it will be the joy and happiness of the family for the week.