Serving With the Teachable Spirit

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Serving With the Teachable Spirit

One percent of the United States population owns 40% of the nation’s wealth.
The middle class is disappearing.

How does the teachable spirit respond to these facts and statistics? The Word of God describes how Yeshua (Jesus) divested Himself of His place as the Son of God to take on the position of a servant, walk among men, and fulfill the will of the Father:

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus), who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. –Philippians 2:5-8

Should we do anything less?
How does this play out in our lives?
Does it mean that we get rid of everything and become poor?

Giving ear plugs to workers at the quarry near Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Giving ear plugs to workers at the quarry near Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

The teachable spirit knows that living a life of service can be daunting at times. Finding your way through the maize of serving others while still trying to provide for ourselves feels like walking a tightrope. If only we were that one percent of the population that owns 40% of the wealth! Then we could really do something! But is that reality? If Yeshua (Jesus) left everything behind and came to earth to serve, why do we think we need to be financially wealthy to do the work of God?

Creating a school with no budget and no ongoing support, Douglas Monene, founder of Ingrid Education Centre, is such an individual. He follows Mother Teresa‘s advice:

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. —Mother Teresa

Ingrid Education Centre's first 8th grade class posing with their parents, guardians, and teachers, March 2014.

Ingrid Education Centre‘s first 8th grade class posing with their parents, guardians, and teachers, March 2014.

Currently, Ingrid Education Centre educates and feeds 200 children in the Kayole and Matopeni slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Entering their eighth year this year is the first graduating class of Ingrid, preparing to take their exams, which will allow them to move onto high school in 2015. They will be seating for their final KENYA CERTIFICATE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION at the end of this year 2014.

Like Mother Teresa, Douglas has no cash reserves.

Her method of fundraising was to pray, and God always provided what she needed, never more, never less. She operated with no reserves, trusting that God would always provide, and in her experience God always did. She operated more than 400 centers in 102 countries, and they always seemed to have exactly what they needed. Not excess, not more, but not less, either. —Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money

The knowledge that Mother Teresa operated a successful multi-million dollar operation that way makes you think about Yeshua (Jesus) and His ministry on earth. Was He really poor? If Mother Teresa lived a life of poverty and yet had that big of an operation, what was Yeshua (Jesus), the Son of Man doing? Perhaps you are thinking about the scripture,

And Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” –Matthew 8:20

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 recently finished the roof over the door to the shed of 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.

Consider the amount of responsibility required to own a home; i.e., mowing the lawn, painting the interior and exterior, trimming the bushes, replacing appliances when they wear out, etc., etc. How would Yeshua (Jesus) have been able to pursue His ministry if He had been attached to property? So it was with Mother Teresa as well. Living a life of service identifies the kind of life we live, and helps us discover what is really important.

Take Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Gear For Goals, for example. After reading The Hole in the Gospel, by Richard Stearns, Dr. Bruhl found that he was less attached to owning a quarter of a million dollar a year chiropractic practice than he thought. He sold it, and went to Kenya to visit his parents, Ken and Sandy Taylor to see why they were so enamored with Kimana, Kenya for 22 years. He found them doing what Douglas was doing, building a school, the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies (KSLPS).

To say that they built something out of nothing would be an understatement. The mere fact that they were able to gather the supplies, resources, and staff necessary to build and run a school in this desolate area is a miracle. —Montana Bruhl

At JKIA, left to right: Douglas' mother, Grace Moraa, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Douglas Monene, Jeremy Monene, and Montana Bruhl, June 2014.

At JKIA, left to right: Douglas‘ mother, Grace Moraa, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Douglas Monene, Jeremy Monene, and Montana Bruhl, June 2014.

Serving others connects the teachable spirit in unusual and amazing ways. Recently, Douglas Monene met Dr. Warren Bruhl and his daughter, Montana Bruhl, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) before their flight home to the United States. Reporting that Dr. Warren Bruhl will be returning in January with sports equipment for Ingrid, Douglas Monene also received personalized instruction for assisting his mother in recovering her health.

Does it really matter whether we have money or not? If we love God and serve Him, we are simultaneously poor in spirit and rich in the Lord. Submitting to one another and pressing on toward the high calling of God is the number one goal of the teachable spirit. Finding the path God desires us to walk means leaving behind those things we once thought were important and being obedient to the vision He has given us, even if it seems beyond our financial capacity to implement.

Today is the day to sponsor one of the children of Ingrid Education Centre and encourage the development of the teachable spirit by contacting Douglas Monene via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com. Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl for more information regarding the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or through other members of the Board of Dreamweaver International.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Great read. I love how you said why do we think we need to be wealthy to help people in need? This is such a true statement because many people have that mind set and even I at one point thought the same. I loved the quote from Mother Teresa: don’t worry about numbers; instead help one and the one nearest to you. So often we forget to stop for that one, but when we do it is amazing. Thank you so much for this.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Renita,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I so appreciate your thoughts and perspective on this subject. We spend so much time thinking about our career and providing for ourselves, we feel there is no way to ever help anyone else. How do we create enough income to live and do the things for others we want to do? I think that living a life of service to others means our basic needs will be met in the process. I think that is what I see in Yeshua’s (Jesus) example for us as well as what Mother Teresa did. She may have lived in poverty, but she did not have a poverty mindset. She believed God would provide. I feel that is the way Yeshua (Jesus) lived, too. Since we have no record of how things were paid for, we can only look at what He said to do. I believe He ate every day and had a place to sleep; He just did not own anything. It was not necessary, and would have encumbered His ministry. He encouraged us to do the same; that is, not to be concerned about what we ate or wore–it would be provided for us as it was for Him in the process of fulfilling His mission on earth.
      Thanks again for your cherished comment.

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