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Brent & Letitia Jefkins

Bacteria in a Petri Dish…2 Years Later

on November 11, 2013


The day we arrived in Haiti! A day that’s not hard to remember!


We were so fresh!

We moved to Haiti without ever visiting, without knowing the language…with a two year contract!

We had spent so much energy, experienced many frustrations and joys in the almost 2 years it took to prepare for Haiti, that we were beyond excited the day we laid eyes on the new country we would be living in!

When the honeymoon phase of living in a new, exotic country was over, reality struck! Learning a new language is one thing, but being able to communicate proficiently is another thing…it’s not just fun, it’s hard work…it’s exhausting.

Building relationships with 120+ new people (children, teens and adults) while speaking this foreign language is challenging, and the number of funny and frustrating miscommunications are countless!

Now we’re not so fresh! (Unfortunately in some ways, quite literally!)


I’m not sure if the average eye can see the difference. Maybe only we can. But the difference to us is enormous. The things we’ve experienced and learned in just 2 years I feel has grown us by 5 years (maybe 10 in some areas)!

Don’t get me wrong, I know that 2 years is a drop in the bucket when working overseas, and building relationships. Add a zero on the end of that and I think we could call ourselves ‘veterans’.

But I can’t begin to tell you how different we feel. How differently we think. How differently we see the world.

I think intense situations (if you allow them) speed up your growth process like bacteria in a petri dish.


We grew a lot in the 2 years it took for us to come to Haiti…which we felt put us in a good place to go. But now, comparing the growth rate seems silly. It’s not even comparable! Both were obviously important and necessary!

So I guess upon reflecting on 2 years of living in Haiti…I realize we’re like bacteria 😉

But surely the good kind!

Here’s to 11/11/13! Thanks for staying on the journey with us!



5 responses to “Bacteria in a Petri Dish…2 Years Later

  1. Karin says:

    Congratulations to your own personal Remembrance Day, the good you do and the growth you experience. We are proud of you both!

  2. Joan Lafrance says:

    It has been a big endeavour but you have made it!! I can see why, it’s because the people you work with are just as amazing as you two are. I am so proud of you both.

  3. So proud of you two! You have done a great job and have much to celebrate!

  4. Dinny says:

    Congratulations to both of you for a job well done!! I think you’re both amazing and look forward to sharing some time with you both in the new year!

  5. I didn’t remember that we both arrived on our respective fields on the same day two years ago! We have been remembering the same day two years ago for the same reason… and having almost exactly the same thoughts! Blessings to you two – God’s goodness and faithfulness to you in the past two years is surely something to celebrate!

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