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Village Visits

The Currys are having a busy couple of weeks as they take each of the children for their holiday village visits.  These visits allow the children to re-connect with any extended family members or others in the villages who may have known them before they were placed with Children of Zion Village for care.  In addition, the visits keep them connected to their traditional culture as they spend time helping with traditional chores, hearing and speaking their first language, and participating in other aspects of daily village life.  Many of the children also use the village visits as a time to share their Christian faith with those in the village. 

Graduation Congratulations!

This is an excerpt from the blog of Travis and Lorna Curry. 

You may read the rest at or by following the link on our volunteer page.

Tuesday was graduation for 9 of our oldest children from Vocation School. They learned brick laying, wood work or sewing. We had to do a bit of shopping for the girls so they could look extra nice for the big event. The boys wore nice shirts and pants (their school uniform). We are excited for the brick layers to help us design a traditional outdoor cooking area. To help them celebrate, after the ceremony we took them to a local restaurant for sodas and fries. We hope they continue to the next level and practice using their skills for a good job and successful future.


Welcome to Travis & Lorna Curry

The Children of Zion family in Namibia and in the USA is so very excited about the arrival of the Currys.  They are our new on-site directors at Children of Zion Village.  Travis and Lorna have been trained and prepared for this mission work and have been prayed over by family, friends and supporters from many states and countries.  Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they begin their ministry and become part of so many tender lives.  Lisa McLaughlin, the Board chairperson for COZ, just returned from Namibia where she was able to spend time with the children, the staff, and many government and tribal leaders.  There is much hope and anticipation from all corners about the work the Currys will be doing at COZV in Katima Mulilo.  On the way home Lisa and Janis (a volunteer traveling with Lisa) were able to spend a day with Travis and Lorna in Johannesburg, giving them an opportunity to share updates, priorities, plans, and prayers. 
Read more in: The Zion Chronicle - edition 1

The End of Winter

The cold winter is ending in Namibia.  Yes, because Namibia is in the southern hemisphere, Namibian citizens experience winter in July and August.  There is no heat in the buildings at Children of Zion Village, making sweatshirts are a favorite clothing article this time of year!  But now the temperatures are warming up and before long the heat will be in the range usually associated with Africa. 
Schools are currently on a break, and many of the children have the opportunity to spend time in local villages.  This enables the children to stay connected with their cultural history, learn about and experience village life, make friends from outside our COZV family, and visit with extended family who live in the villages.  Village visits tend to be a special time for everyone. 

Windhoek Sports Update

The Children of Zion Village youth who traveled to Windhoek for sports tournaments had a very exciting time.  They were good competitors, enjoyed interacting with other teens involved in the competitions, and had a good time with the novelty of travel.  

The big news is that Nico, one of our teen boys, played outstanding basketball and was selected to be part of the Namibian National youth Basketball team!  He will spend time training with the others selected for this elite team, and then compete against teams from other African nations.  Congratulations to Nico!

Watch Out Windhoek, Here They Come!

Sixteen of our students were selected from all of the school athletes in the Katima Mulilo area to be part of regional sports teams.  Nine girls are currently in Windhoek representing the Caprivi Region in a national girls soccer tournament.  Seven of our boys are in Windhoek representing the Caprivi Region in a national boys basketball tournament.  This is an exciting time for the children to compete as well as to take a trip to Namibia's capital city.

Newest Edition to the Family

The newest edition to our Children of Zion Village family is Nsala, a sweet baby just a few weeks old.  The children and staff have all fallen in love with her.  Here is Dave, our Interim Director, with baby Nsala.



During the recent school break, many of our children had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in the villages of their birth. This was a good time to re-connect with their history and with extended family who remain in the villages.

Vocational Schooling

The Vocational College in Katima Mulilo has opened up its doors to our older children. Ten of our teens have begun to take classes in brick laying, joinery and clothing technology in addition to the academic schooling they continue at our COZV mission school. We seek to have the children in our care well prepared to enter independent living when they leave COZV. Soon to open is our transitional housing for some of these same teens.

Please pray for our blossoming young adults as they grow toward independence.

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