The Children of Zion Village is a Christian home for orphans in the southern African nation of Namibia. It is located along the Zambezi River in the northeast corner of Namibia. Our children come from several different tribal and language groups.
The "village" opened in January, 2003 and is now home to 57 children. Most of the children have been placed in our care because they have lost their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to AIDS.
Here the boys and girls receive love, nutrition, shelter, healthcare, academic, vocational and Bible education, and become part of one large Christian family. Our missionaries, volunteers, and Namibian staff work together to raise the children in our "village".


Jesus Feeds 5000 Pageant

Every Saturday I do “Bible Study” (kind of like our VBS) in the afternoon.  Our children on property come, the staff children that live nearby come and now, about 30 children from the nearby village come.  It is SO exciting to see them singing praise songs in English (not their language).  A couple times of year we started to do a “pageant” where the staff and families are invited.  It is exciting to see them “perform” and  speak English and Silozi and sing and be excited about Jesus!!!!!  This time was a performance on the Bible Story of Jesus Feeds the 5000 in John. 

John 6:5-14   When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

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Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, bot how far will they go among so many?”

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Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there.) Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  He did the same with the fish. 

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Then they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.”  So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.


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Zion Mission School Tour 2016

We had a great adventure going on school tour this May with a bus full of about 60 children and about 10 adults.  We took the ones that were permitted by their parents to go from grade 1-7.  Then we added some of the Zion children that are in grade 8 and 9.  The ones in grade 10 and 12 had to go back for extra classes over this month long holiday. 

God also blessed us with a few extra seats, so we invited a few from the school who could not afford to go, our children that were placed back with family and attending a different school and one girl from the village close to us.  It was certainly a wonderful experience and maybe one of a lifetime so we give God the glory for providing for those children!!!

We started off with a full day of travel on the bus.  We liked that the bus had a scripture Isaiah 54:17 “no weapon forged against you will prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you…”

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We had breakfast on the way that we prepared the day before. 2 hard boiled eggs, a brochen, juice. The first stop was Okatjikona.  We arrived late and still had to cook so we quickly put together spaghetti with viennas.   We ate and found our way to our cabin or tent where we spent 2 nights.  Early the next morning we were up cooking breakfast for the 70 people that were there and hungry.  Soon after the clean up the hikes up the big rocky mountain began.  The smaller ones went first while the bigger ones watched the movies about the animals and the place they were staying.  We went up so far we could see a lot of Namibia and it was spectacular!!!!  God’s creation. 

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After a big and hard climb up and down, we cooked lunch and took the children to the pool.  Well, the pool was very nice but the water was VERY COLD!!! The children did not really care.  They still had a great time!!

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The next day we proceeded to Swakapmound.  Every day starts with Travis delivering a devotion.  We thank God for His provision for these children to take this journey.  We visited many places here including the ocean.  The ocean was also VERY cold but children and adults cannot resist putting their feet in the salty waves.  Also, right next to the ocean was a lovely playground to enjoy.

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The snake park was a big hit (for most).  Don’t worry, all the snakes were behind glass except for the one big, but friendly python. 

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The museum was also very nice!

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The statues, light house….

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Hike up sand dune 7!!!!!  And SLIDE (or roll) DOWN!!!!!!

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Sometimes the road was very dusty because, after all, we are driving across the desert.  So, the dust was coming in.  We were all trying to protect ourselves from breathing so much dust!!

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The cheetah foundation…

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And the meteorite….

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God allowed us to have a wonderful trip full of His beauty and creation. We are so thankful for an opportunity such as this for children and adults!!!  Best friends were made and a joyful time was had by ALL!!!

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Psalm 121 “I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber: indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep.  The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Easter at Zion

We had a glorious Resurrection Sunday at Children of Zion Village!!!

We were blessed to have some of the local children that have moved from Zion either because of age and graduation or because of moving in with a relative in town.  Some of them brought their Uncle and Auntie and it was really wonderful. 

We started with a nice Easter Sunday service led by Pastor Travis Curry Smile 

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Then we had Christmas!!!  YES, CHRISTMAS!!!!!  The gifts from the states did not arrive in time for Christmas and 2 boxes are still not here!  We Really do pray that at some point they will arrive.  So, we decided to give out everything and try to supplement for those who were visiting and would not receive.  God always provides what we need!

A BIG thank you to Epiphany UMC for providing new pajamas for all the children as well as sports balls!!!  A big thank you to MT ZION UMC for the track suit for the children.  The girls were especially happy since that was the box that arrived! 

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We had a special Easter lunch of chicken on the braai and potato salad and macaroni salad. 

After lunch we started preparing for the big Easter Pageant with the Zion children and the nearby village children.  Disciples, angels, tomb, stone, Mary, Jesus. Parents and relative came and it was truly wonderful!!!  A BIG thank you to Norcross FUMC for the VBS shirts!  They were wonderful for this event and all the children and even some adults received one to take along home. 

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We did not find time on Sunday to do the plastic Easter Egg hunt but it was better that the focus was not Easter eggs and getting but that Jesus died for us and now He is Alive!  So we had our little egg hunt on Monday.  There were different groups --- from the little to be big adult staff.  Everyone had a great time! 

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Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!   And Easter Egg hunt Monday!!!

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Happy Independence Day Namibia

We celebrated Independence Day early with Zion Mission School since, obviously, the school would be closed for the actual holiday.

It was a fun day of song, dancing, speeches, games, prizes….

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Special food, cakes and boat rides!!!!

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Happy Birthday for Independence 26 years Namibia!!!

New Family members at Zion!!!

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourself from being polluted by the world. 

Every day is a blessing but today was even more special.  After a full day at the sports field with the Zion Mission School children, we were called to come to the hospital and meet the social worker and receive two small children – siblings.

There was a beautiful boy, 2 year old, and his sweet baby sister.  We are told she is 9 months but she does not appear to be that old.  She cannot hold her own head up nicely and she is very weak.  They were very dirty.  The mother is 19 and she has 3 children.  The oldest, 3, is living with his father.  She does not know where the fathers are for the 2 we received.  Neither of the babies cried when taken from their mother.  They both need some medical care but nothing serious. 

Both have adjusted very quickly to the other children and are laughing and the older boy really LOVES to eat (a good thing).  The baby did not know how to eat from the bottle but she has already learned in one night. 

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We are thankful to be able to help these young ones that were suffering and in danger.  We know that God will help us and guide us and we help to raise them to be strong, not just physically, but in the Lord.  Please pray along with us as these children adjust and our little ones also adjust (since they are now very jealous). 

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you site at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.