The Teachable Spirit of Marco

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The Teachable Spirit of Marco

Who is Marco?

What was he doing in Kimana, Kenya?

How did his teachable spirit help the Maasai?

Marco, the Maasai interpreter from Tanzania, wound his way into our hearts through his passion for sharing the understanding of chiropractic care with his fellow Maasai.

Marco displaying the eagerness of his teachable spirit, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Marco displaying the eagerness of his teachable spirit to the Maasai, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Leaving his boma in Tanzania to become a tour guide, Marco traveled to Arusha to learn the necessary skills for that vocation:

  • how to drive a vehicle
  • mechanics
  • first aid
  • the animals of the region
Demonstrating and teaching Marco the aspects of chiropractic care, Dr. Warren Bruhl adjusts the 90 year old father of the chief of this boma, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Demonstrating and teaching Marco the aspects of chiropractic care, Dr. Warren Bruhl adjusts the 90 year old father of the chief of this boma, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

During a lull in his work in January, Dreamweaver International came to Kimana with a medical team from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine accompanied by three chiropractors, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Dr. Jeff Kahrs, and Dr. Dave Neubauer, and other medical personnel. Dr. Scott Smith invited Marco to join the mission team of Dreamweaver International serving the Maasai in Amboseli National Park through Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital. Obtaining his passport only a few days before our arrival, he crossed the border into Kenya looking for Ken and Sandy Taylor’s compound, which was located in Kimana. Although he had no specific directions and his cell phone did not work in Kenya, he just kept asking for the muzungu (white person) until Ashumo, a fellow Maasai from near his home in Tanzania, found him wandering around on the grounds of the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies.

Recognizing Marco’s teachable spirit, Dr. Dave Neubauer immediately realized the potential in training this young man in the understanding of the purpose of chiropractic care. Passion cannot be trained, but understanding can. The teachable spirit of Marco quickly soaked up the new information, which he then portrayed at every opportunity. With a model of a spine in one hand, gesturing with the other hand, and a stream of words in Maasai pouring out of his mouth, he could be heard describing the cause of sublaxation to all who would listen. His enthusiasm was infectious.

Marco standing next to the tallest Maasai we met during our mission trip to Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Marco standing next to the tallest Maasai we met during our mission trip to Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Karilynn Smith Corbin.

What endeared Marcos to us the most was:

After caring for one of the Maasai, Dr. Dave Neubauer said to Marco, “I’m finished; done.” Marco said, “No, not done. Now I explain about the spine.” He never gave up and he never gave in. His short stature and one leg shorter than the other belied his height and constancy in communicating his teachable spirit. Teaching requires learning, which presupposes an attitude open to the truth as well as a willingness to share that same infectious spirit.

The students of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the members of the medical team of Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, and the participants in the mission of Dreamweaver International were blessed because Marco had accepted Dr. Scott Smith’s invitation, acquired a passport, and crossed the Tanzanian border to join us at his own expense without pay.

Andrew Wendahl, one of the members of the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital Medical team, lifts Marco at Ngorongoro Crater National Park near Karatu, Tanzania, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Karilynn Smith Corbin.

Andrew Wendahl, one of the members of the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital medical team, lifts Marco at Ngorongoro Crater National Park near Karatu, Tanzania, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Karilynn Smith Corbin.

Our experience in Kimana, Kenya assisting the Maasai of Amboseli National Park was richer because of the infectious and enthusiastic teachable spirit of Marco.

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 Studies, Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, or Gear for Goals.

Contact 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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