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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.

GoodSearch Donations

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Our new Children of Zion Vilalge toolbar is free to download and allows you to raise money for COZV every time you search or shop online! Once added to Internet Explorer or Firefox, each time you shop online a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to COZV. The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to COZV. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/children-of-zion-village

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COZV Athletes

A group of our students participated in a regional track competition, with a number of them gaining wins. Djolo and Lisedi ran with times fast enough to qualify them for the national competition recently held in Swakopmund. Both did very well, and Djolo received the bronze medal. In this photo he is standing next to Frank Fredericks, a Namibian world track champion who currently sits on the International Olympic Committee.

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Goty and Petro have been playing soccer on a regional adult team and have been offered spots on a team traveling to Windhoek this week to play in the televised Coca-Cola Cup.

Wonderful Visitors

Much excitement was evident this week at COZV as Travis and Lorna Curry, our newly appointed COZV directors, arrived on-site for a visit. The Curry's will return to the states in order to complete their training and support raising, and hope to have everything in place to serve COZV full-time sometime in the fall. The children, the staff, and the local community all greeted the Curry's warmly and are looking forward to having them move in.

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Music cds, and 2010 calendars!

Hot off the press is our 2010 Children of Zion Village calendar, filled with beautiful photos of our COZV kids. Please contact our office if you'd like to purchase one.

 

 

Hot out of the recording studio is our first COZV music cd, "Milumo Yaku Lumbeka", which means "Sounds of Worship"! The cd is a recording of our COZV children singing worship songs in both English and several tribal languages. Please contact our office if you'd like to purchase a copy of the cd.
 

Mt Zion Volunteer Team

A team of volunteers from Mt Zion, COZV's founding church, worked hard on a number of projects during their recent mission trip. One of the tasks they accomplished was the building of a raft to hold the water pump which provides all of the water for COZV. The raft enables the pump to be serviced without anyone needing to enter the water where crocodiles live! The launching of the raft was a cause for celebration of both the children and the volunteers.

As always, the volunteer team brought loads of love and fun to share with the children at COZV. Music, games, crafts, Bible studies, village visits, and extra people to play with were ways our ministry was blessed by our friends on this team.

Time of Transition

The Children of Zion, Inc. Board of Directors would like to announce the transition of leadership at Children of Zion Village. Gary and Rebecca Mink have partnered with COZ as missionary directors since we built COZV in 2002. We have been blessed by their work and we thank them for putting their hearts and hands into the lives of our COZV children for the past 7 years. The Minks will return to life in the USA in August.

Several people will serve as interim directors while the COZ Board continues the selection process for our new full-time missionaries. Although many of the children and staff have suffered loss again and again, they are comforted by the fact that the interim directors are all people whom they know and love. We praise God for His provision and continue to ask for His guidance in all aspects of the ministry.

Please feel free to send notes of thanks and encouragement to the Mink family. These may be sent to our email or postal address and we will get them to the Minks.

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