Progress with the Teachable Spirit

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Progress with the Teachable Spirit

How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight?

–Deuteronomy 32:30

Why is it that doing the work by yourself takes such a long time?
What is it about teaming up with another teachable spirit that causes the work to progress far more quickly?

The first major upgrade on my home was the replacement of the dishwasher, May 2014.

The first major upgrade on my home was the replacement of the dishwasher, May 2014.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has no one else to lift him up!

–Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

The stove was the second major appliance Dr. Kahrs installed, May 2014.

The stove was the second major appliance Dr. Kahrs installed, May 2014.

Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs in August 2013 became a watershed of events in the life of the teachable spirit. Originally, I was pursuing my work in Kenya alone. I never considered whether I should do it any other way; to me, that was just the way it was. Honestly, I had no thought about it one way or the other. Even after several conversations and warm dialogue, the thought never occurred to me that we would be traveling together to Kenya in January 2015 with Dreamweaver International.

However, I was clear about one thing: maintaining my home was absorbing my time and not allowing me to focus on the plans I had for my work in Kenya. I knew I would need to upgrade my home in order to attract new owners. Discovering that Dr. Kahrs‘ skills in the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of single home dwellings is extensive, I approached him with the idea of blogging for him in return for assisting me with this short term project.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs recently finished the roof over the door to the shed on my house and trimmed back the tree in my back yard, in preparation for attracting owners who are more able and willing to maintain a home, May 2014.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs also finished the roof over the door to the shed next to my house in May 2014.

Expecting that I would be writing about his chiropractic work, I was delighted when he requested that I write about the projects in Kenya. “All of them,” he said, “including Ingrid Education Centre.” Because of course, by this time, I had introduced him to Douglas Monene, and Dr. Kahrs had started sponsoring some of the children at Ingrid. Feeling a little bit like Moses’ mother when Pharaoh’s daughter asked her to nurse Moses, her own child, I gladly accepted the assignment.

Dr. Kahrs created a very pretty border of red cedar clearly outlining the driveway before leveling out the gravel, August 2014.

Dr. Kahrs created a border of red cedar clearly outlining the driveway before leveling out the gravel, August 2014.

What makes our relationship work?

  • similar values
  • short term project connected to long term outcomes
  • strong work ethic
  • submitting to the goal as the central focus
  • our heart’s desire to work in Kenya

Yesterday, as I was painting and Dr. Kahrs was evening out the pile of gravel in my driveway to be captured within the pretty border he had created, the teachable spirit reflected on the one factor that makes working together so sweet:

We both do our very best.

After 12 hours of painting, the back side of the house and the skirting was finished, August 2014.

After 12 hours of painting, the back side of the house and the skirting was finished, August 2014.

The heat was oppressive. The yellow jackets insisted on trying to find the nest Dr. Kahrs had knocked down. The shed door turned out to take longer to alter than what it should have. (Why is that, anyway?) In spite of it all, we carried on with our self-assigned duties. He does what he can do. I do what I can do. Together, the project comes to fruition at a steady even pace that gets done faster than if either one of us do it alone. And the entire time that we are working, what were we thinking about?

KENYA!

Our desire to serve in Kenya has brought us to a place where he introduced me to Dr. Warren Bruhl, whom I introduced to Douglas. Our first stop in Kenya when we arrive in January will be visiting Ingrid Education Centre before traveling to the Kimana Rift Valley, where I am eager to meet Dr. Bruhl’s parents, Ken and Sandy Taylor, and visit the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies.

The shed door is now shorter to accommodate the gravel that will fill in the border in front of the shed, August 2014.

The shed door is now shorter to accommodate the gravel that will fill in the border in front of the shed, August 2014.

The teachable spirit likes to think about the exponential difference between one thousand and ten thousand. If one can put a thousand to flight, and two can put ten thousand to flight, how many can three put to flight? This is the power of working together; as the expression goes,

“Many hands make light work.”

The nearly 10 yards of gravel is neatly spread between the borders while the remaining pile is for the border by the shed, August 2014.

The nearly 10 yards of gravel is neatly spread between the borders while the remaining pile is for the border by the shed, August 2014.

At the end of twelve hours of painting and observing the extraordinary effort put into this project by Dr. Kahrs, gratitude and humility were the only feelings I had as I laid my head on my pillow. I am thankful there will be an end to this project, but there will never be an end to working in Kenya. As Dr. Kahrs says,

It is great knowing we are on the same page and moving forward! It is always exciting for me to share our thoughts about the ultimate goal of helping the people of Kenya! There are so many resourceful people on our team! They help bring out the best in ourselves! —Dr. Kahrs

Staining the deck after Dr. Kahrs power washed it is my current project, August 2014.

Staining the deck after Dr. Kahrs power washed it is my current project, August 2014.

I could not agree more. When we are “on purpose” we really shine.

 

Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International to support Kimana School or Leadership and Professional StudiesContact Douglas Monene, founder of Ingrid Education Centre via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com to learn how to sponsor one of the children who attend Ingrid

 

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