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Brent & Letitia Jefkins

Home: Part 2

on September 24, 2013

I’m starting a 2 part blog post series with Part 2 about our time home (Canada) and our return home (Haiti)!

Brent will follow with Part 1…backwards, I know, but being backwards is sometimes way more fun!

We had just gotten off the bus in Cap-Haitian after a long day of travel from the Dominican Republic, it was hot and muggy, but we were so happy to be done with all the travelling. We got into our Kids Alive driver and friend’s car after loading in all our suitcases, which included 3 extra hockey bags filled with school uniforms we were transporting from our site in the DR. As we began to drive down the road away from the bus station, what others may have considered chaos with cars weaving in and out of everywhere, Brent and I were both overcome with the feeling of being home!

We were back in a place that makes sense to us.

Its smells and sounds familiar.

We’re one and a half months short of living in Haiti for 2 years. After 2 years, I wouldn’t even come close to saying we’ve adapted to or understand “the ways of the people”, but we’re maybe more used to certain things in Haiti than we are in Canada.

Before we left for Canada in August we were feeling a little exhausted. Everything everyone did irritated us, and we weren’t willing to look at things from another perspective. We just felt like: “GET US BACK TO CANADA NOW!” We had a busy but good time home, but we weren’t sure if we felt ready to come back to Haiti. But the second we stepped off the bus, we knew we were ready! It was great being home, but it was great to be home!

paradox |ˈparəˌdäks|noun: a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

It might be hard to understand if you’ve only ever lived in one place, or it may be pretty understandable, it depends on the person I guess. Let me tell you though, when you are the one living it, it feels awkward.

We are from one place, but move to another and don’t belong. We get by, build relationships, enjoy life with others and with God, but we don’t quite fit in. Then we go back to where we are from, but carry with us some new ways: new ways of communicating, beliefs and traditions which aren’t from where we are from. We can learn to feel at home anywhere, but we also don’t feel at home anywhere! It doesn’t feel right, but I think it is.

I think this might be what Paul and Timothy are getting at in Philippians 3:19-21 when they talk about our citizenship being in heaven. We’re in this world, but were not from this world. You get by, but you don’t fit in 100%. It also makes me think that a citizen of heaven probably exhibits characteristics from lots of different cultures!

If you’re a Christian, you probably shouldn’t feel too comfortable where you are, because you could lose your awareness of your true identity. There probably should be a level of tension in your life. After all we are from a backwards Kingdom. The first go last and the last go first. There is victory in love not in war. If you want to save your life you have to give it up.

I think we’re going to have to embrace being weird…all of us! Since it’s not just us who are backwards, but anyone who pursues Jesus will be a little backwards too!

-Letitia

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3 responses to “Home: Part 2

  1. Dinny says:

    Wow Letitia!! I still think you’re excellent with your blogs!! How true is all that you’re saying. We do live in an up-side-down world if you’re walking with Jesus or back-to-front!! Thanks for your update… we’re still working on what to do… will keep you posted!! love you both!!

  2. margaret christy says:

    Thanks Letitia for connecting with all of us again! We are happy that you are in Haiti ding he jib that you are doing for the kids. Thank you … looking forward to seeing you in November.

  3. Karin says:

    As always….love your writing! As you can imagine, I can totally relate to being at home in two places…and having the luxury of choice in being able to pick the best of both worlds. I also learned that weird is good, because it is simply different…you know…..not trampling after the sheet, but clearing your own path. You are both becoming teachers and masters in that….proud of you both…xxx

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