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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".

VILLAGE NEWS

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.

Sports competition at the “stadium”

Zion Mission School has been working hard on the events for track and field to have a friendly competition.

Zion won everything and the final score was Zion 261 ZPS 205!!!!!  GO ZION ATHELETES!!!!!   

It started with clouds and rain.  But it ended with sun and HOT!  Really the clouds and rain were better even though it did not seem so at the time.  We took the big and the small!  All had fun and all were very tired at the end of the day.

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Foot races were first…

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Long jump….

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High jump…

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Just cute…

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Let’s CHEER!!!!!

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Here we go Zion!!  Here we go!!  Here we go Zion!!  Here we go !!

Zion Mission School New Year

 

The children have returned from holiday and they are excited to start school mostly so they can see their friends from town that come to Zion for school.  It is also exciting for us to collect many hugs and see so many smiles of joy. 

The school day always starts with prayer and every Monday there is 7am assembly with singing, prayer and a devotion.  The children are so good as they stand on the basketball court for 30 or more minutes. 

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Friends …

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Games…

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We are thankful for our opportunity for a good Christian Education!!  Thank you for you support that allows us to be at Zion Mission School!

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House in Town

 

We continue to listen to God’s direction for the way forward for Zion.  This year we decided to rent a house in town for the youngest girls transitioning from living at Zion to going out to secondary school (grade 8).  In the past, the children have lived in the hostel.  In the past the children have been older going out because they started school later.  Now the children going from Zion Mission Primary School to Secondary School are younger.  So, in order to try to provide more supervision and have a house mother availabe to advise the children, we rented a house in town for 4 girls to live with a house mother.  They commute back and forth to the school. 

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Getting ready for school.     WE thank God for our education, our house mother, our friends, your prayers and support!!!!          

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Please pray with us that these children are lights for Christ in their villages and at school and in the community.