Last Day in Komolion

As the vibrant Kenyan sunrise overlooked our cleaned and refreshed faces, the students and adults got ready for our final day at Komolion, starting with a hearty breakfast of sausage, eggs, wheat, cereal, tapioca, and fresh fruit. The breakfast tent was buzzing with excitement over getting to visit our newly-made friends again. The busses then made their way back to the village as a cappella renditions of “Great are You, Lord” echoed from some of the seats. We even made a brief stop to get a good look at three ostriches on the side of the road.

The team received just as warm a welcome as yesterday once we got to the village. While a small group of team members began to set up the medical clinic and a room for distributing baby clothes to mothers, the remainder spent a joyful time exchanging songs with the village people. Everyone was so pleased to see the children in their new clothes, especially the beautiful new dresses we had brought yesterday. We want to thank Cindy Sterling and her team of women from all over the United States for making over 300 dresses for our mission in Komolion.

Once the clinic and baby clothes room had been set up, families began lining up to visit them. making a line behind doors as the play team began their task of occupying the children so that their mothers could visit those two places. Using the supplies the play team brought for the children, everyone joined in on playing an intense game of soccer, blowing bubbles, skipping rope, and playing some singing games. A group of our Baylor students even had an attempt at a beginning music theory class, using solfege hand signs and a staff drawn in the dirt. Later this evening, so many of our team commented on how they saw so much joy being exchanged amongst the students and Baylor team. Meanwhile, the medical team, composed of three Kenyan nurses, one Kenyan doctor, and our own Lisa Monsivais saw over 200 patients from Komolion and other nearby villages. The most common treatments were for hookworm, ringworm, conjunctivitis, and urinary tract infections. We are so thankful that the Komolion  Human Development Fund was able to supply the medical supplies needed for this clinic.

After a successful morning, we were served once again with freshly cooked goat (which a couple of people compared in taste and texture to brisket) and chapati, with watermelon for dessert. The group then went to explore the shore of the nearby Baringo Lake, skipping rocks and taking in the view of the peaceful water against the trees standing amidst it. Once we returned to the village center, the children sang for us. The Komolion women, clothed in their celebrational regalia, then sang songs of praise. According to Zippy and Daniel, one song’s lyrics translated to “God is good, isn’t He?” They then invited Dr. Bradley and Dr. Dowd to dance with them, as the children and Baylor team cheered them on. After an enthusiastic applause, the Baylor team was then invited to sing some of our songs. As we sang, the clouds began to gather and a cool wind began to blow. God’s presence was stronger than ever as we finished our time by singing “Injili” together with our newly-made friends.

All too soon, it was time to say our goodbyes and gather onto our busses to drive back to the hotels. As rain began to fall, we shared many a handshake and a high-five. The children again followed us for the better part of a mile as we departed for the last time, some of them repeating lyrics from “The Coconut” or “Baba Yetu” as we waved back.

We had time to relax at our hotels before a delicious dinner of goat, chicken, chapati, lentils, greens, fresh fruit, and sodas for dessert! We then had reflection time, sang for our friends at Kefri (which they then reciprocated by teaching us some new dance moves!) and turned in for a good night’s sleep before a long day of travel tomorrow.

As we reflect on this bittersweet day of goodbyes, we are struck by our unity in our difference, and have grown so much to appreciate the way our Komolion friends live and interact with each other and nature. We have so much respect for the culture we have seen the last two days, and our own joy is simply a reflection of the joy we experienced on the faces of the Komolion people today.

-Rachel

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