The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya with Dreamweaver International

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The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya with Dreamweaver International

What is like to work on the medical team with Dreamweaver International?
How does traveling to another country change you?
Why would an individual want to return to the same country?

Expecting nothing allows the teachable spirit to receive regardless of the situation. Traveling to Kenya in December 2013, Dr. Jeff Kahrs experienced working with Dreamweaver International for the first time.

Encountering residents of the community on the road can make all the effort worth it.

Encountering community residents driving to work, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Practicing as a chiropractor for nearly 30 years, Dr. Kahrs understands that a doctor’s routine is much the same all over the world. For example, you

  • drive to work
  • assess a patient
  • examine a patient
  • treat a patient
  • return home
Assessing a patient, December 2013.

Assessing a patient, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

When you are in another country, the only thing that is the same is the routine. What is different is:

–the environment
–the people
–the culture

Being in another country completely changes your outlook. Evaluating your routine, you realize that what was once important to you is simply a moot point.

And you cannot wait to return. Trying to describe why is impossible.

You talk about:

The "waiting room:" two village elders waiting to be seen, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013.

The “waiting room:” two village elders waiting to be seen, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

  • the work
  • the amazing experiences
  • the close calls
  • the warmth of the people
Examination time! Kimana, Kenya, December 2013.

Examination time! Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Somehow, in spite of all the words, you still cannot express what happened to you. In Kenya, they have an expression,

“I am dry of words.”

Assessing a patient, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013.

Assessing a patient, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

And that about sums it up.

Nothing is the same after having traveled halfway around the world to give the gift of health to someone who can never repay you. However, the gift received in return allows the teachable spirit to place a greater value on those things that are really important.

  • life becomes more meaningful
  • relationships deepen
  • values are clearer
  • purpose rings crystal clear
Sometimes you have to make house calls, in this case, a boma, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013.

Sometimes you have to make house calls, in this case, a boma, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Traveling to another country, although breathtaking, requires some mental, physical, and spiritual adjustment:

–you are out of your comfort zone
–things do not happen the way you expect
–showers and toilets are unpredictable

All in day's work: returning back from a day in the bush treating patients, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013.

All in day’s work: returning back from a day in the bush treating patients, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

What draws the teachable spirit to return to Kenya is the compelling desire to make an impact like you did the first time; although there is also the underlying knowledge that you know you were changed just as much in the process. Longing to return and participate in that exchange again causes the teachable spirit to overcome the inconvenience of traveling.

Join Dr. Jeff Kahrs, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Dr. Scott Smith, the medical team of Dreamweaver International, and the Teachable Spirit, Jean L. Bons as they journey back to Kenya in January 2015. Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International to see how you can participate in this adventure.

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1 Comment

  1. Jean, your photos are amazing and inspire me to add to my bucket list to go to Kenya.
    It is true that once you travel abroad, you expand your vision and idea of the world. You can never go back to thinking in the same way as before.
    Being of service to others is one of the most beautiful gifts we can offer to the world.
    Again, thanks for your beautiful insights.
    Claudette

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