CHILDREN OF ZION VILLAGE MISSION

Mission Statement

Believing that Christ has called us to “The Great Commission”, Children of Zion, Inc. cares for orphaned and vulnerable children in Namibia, and provides a Christian education for those in the local community.  In partnership with churches, Christian organizations, the Namibian government, and our local staff, we are raising children to become Christian leaders for Namibia’s future.
 

Statement of Purpose

Motivating the Church and Saving Children
 
Each year, millions of children are being orphaned or abandoned in third world nations as a result of war, poverty, neglect, and the AIDS Pandemic. Too many times, these children have no one to turn to for help. Children of Zion, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that supports a Christian Children’s Home in Namibia, Africa. We are working to facilitate an intentional network among Christian evangelical organizations and church congregations to encourage and enable the creation of hundreds of children’s homes throughout the world. These homes will be committed to raise the children in a Christ-centered environment, providing love, food, clothing, housing, education, medical services, and vocational preparation.

A Brief History of COZV

    • Mt Zion United Methodist Church is in Bel Air, Maryland. Years ago congregational members expressed interest in adding air conditioning to the sanctuary. The pastor stated that he would support an air conditioning project only after the congregation built a church in Africa. 
    • In the fall of 2001 several Mt Zion members began a prayer group to seek God’s guidance in responding to the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
    • In January, 2002, four members of the church traveled to Namibia and spent several weeks meeting with government and tribal leaders. Permission was granted to build a children’s home and land was given on which to build it.
    • One year later, in January 2003, Children of Zion Village in Katima Mulilo, Namibia was dedicated and opened.
    • Katima Mulilo is the only children’s home in the entire Caprivi Region of Namibia.
    • Currently COZV is home to 58 orphaned children, ranging from infant to 20 years old. 
    • The ministry in Namibia is administered by Travis and Lorna Curry, missionaries from the USA.
    • In addition to the full-time missionary directors, COZV is a place of employment for 22 Namibian nationals and a receiving site for short term missionary volunteers. 
    • A child is placed with COZV when the court determines that there are no family members who are able to care for the child.
    • Facilities include children’s home, school building, workshop, barn, missionary home, volunteer housing, staff apartments, and new transitional housing for our older children.
    • Children are taught agriculture in our large garden.
    • Plans are underway to begin a vocational school, possibly including local construction trades, tailoring, auto mechanics, woodworking, weaving, computer skills and beautician training.
    • Daily prayer and Christian teaching keep the home Christ centered.
    • Many of the children play on sports teams with children from town and nearby villages.
    • Scheduled visits to many villages keep the children connected with their heritage.
    • Local residents sometimes join the children for Sunday worship or special celebrations.
    • Our oldest child is working to build a church in his home village. We would like to find a church in the US to partner with us in supporting this as well as provide the funds to begin a small home for orphans in this village. 
    • And Mt Zion UMC in Maryland now has air conditioning.

Ministry Goals

  • To provide a Christian home for children in Namibia orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.
  • To provide for the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of the orphaned children.
  • To provide employment opportunities for Namibian nationals.
  • To share the love of Jesus with the children and the staff.
  • To keep the children’s home Christ-centered.
  • To raise the children so that they may become Christian leaders in Namibia.
  • To seek and provide the necessary funds for the ongoing care of the children.
  • To encourage other congregations to be involved in orphan care.