Race Across the World success!

On June 18th we held our first annual Race Across the World to benefit Children of Zion Village. 
Our 59 children at COZV traveled to town (transported in one huge truck!) and spent the morning running laps on the 1/2 kilometer track at the local sports complex.  The run was followed by a traditional braii and dancing back at COZV, making it a full day of celebration.  All of the children did a fantastic job, but Goty was the top runner completing 30 laps!
Several hours later, across the ocean in Maryland, USA, over 60 people ran laps on a 1/4 mile sports track in support of the COZV runners and the COZ ministry.  Many others came to cheer them on and to join in the festivities of games, food, music, dance and fellowship.  We had several runners complete over 20 laps in an hour, and one runner ran for 2 hours and completed 40 laps!
Many others from all around sponsored a COZV child for their run.  It was a fun and successful day, with a total of over 1600 laps run!    Please click on the Race logo below to see a slideshow of the event. 
Thank you to everyone who supported the event with finances and with prayer. 
We'll do it again in 2012! 

Race Across The World

UPDATE:  Click the image below to see photos from the Mt. Zion UMC Race Across The World event.                  




COZ board member Courtney West has put together this fantastic event to raise much needed funds for our children's home in Namibia.  Please click the image above to read more about the event and to donate to this wonderful cause.


The Waters of the Zambezi River

For several months now the Currys have been told by the local people, "the river has never been this high this early."  "Severe flooding of the COZV property is definite."  "It is sure that you will need to evacuate the children."  "Be prepared to live elsewhere for several months."
Well, the threat is not over yet, but we've asked our supporters to pray for the protection and safety of our children, the missionaries & volunteers, the staff, the local people, and our property.  And now in the last few days the waters of the mighty Zambezi have been going down!  Currently we have areas of water puddles and mud, and our road has been usable some days and not usable other days, but at this time we are able to continue to live on, have school on, and do ministry on our COZV property. 
Please continue with the prayers! 


Children of Zion Village received a beautiful Christmas gift - an adorable baby girl.  You can see how excited Lorna is as she welcomes her!

Many of the children have been on home visits over Christmas, and those who stayed at COZV had a nice celebration with Travis and Lorna. 

We thank Torie, a recent volunteer, for taking some beautiful photos of our COZV family.  Here is one picture that captures the fun relationship of a few of our little boys. 


We have several "hot" items for you to enjoy that will also support the Children of Zion ministry in Namibia. 
"HOT OFF THE PRESS" is our 2011 Children of Zion Village calendar, filled with full-color photos of our children in Katima Mulilo.  Email us at if you'd like a calendar.  We ask for a $15 donation plus $2 for mailing.  Donations may be made through PayPal or by check to Children of Zion, Inc. 
"HOT COFFEE", or cold coffee if you prefer, is available from Just Love Coffee, an organization that is focused on helping orphans.  They offer many varieties of fair trade coffee, whole bean and ground, and a percentage of every purchase will benefit Children of Zion Village. 
Both items make wonderful gifts!  :)

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. 

Board member on a quest

Board member Mike Jacobs has taken on a challenge to run 4 marathons in 4 months in an effort to raise funds for our Mafuta feeding center.  Please click the image below to read more and to donate to this cause.  GO MIKE!!!

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. 

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