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".



The children at Zion love sports.  They have been playing soccer, basketball and a little net ball for some time.  Now, a Rugby coach has come to the school to teach them this sport.  He comes with all the equipment for them to use and has ordered us equipment that can stay at the school and be used to practice once they learn the game.  Then the tournaments will be scheduled.  What fun!!!

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Boat Ride on the Zambezi

Sometimes we HAVE to take the boat because of flooding and sometimes we just need to drive the boat to keep it running.  So, that was our excuse to take the children out for a Sunday afternoon boat ride. 

First the driver needs to make sure the boat will start.  Then the riders need to put on a life jacket.  Then they all load the boat. 


And off we go!  We are always searching for something interesting… crocodiles, monkeys, birds mostly hippos.  Those hippos were just peaking at us wondering what these weird people were doing. 


The driver always has willing little ones to assist! 


  The ones that were in the second group were waiting on the bank.  Some were cheering in their friends that were on the first boat. 


After all are back from their ride, we put the boat to “bed” and thank God for the beauty of the earth and for His love and mercies daily, for safety and for His many blessings and for this place, Children of Zion Village!


Fashion, Fashion, We’ve got Fashion

We love to have fun here at Zion Village.  So, we put together some fun clothes and strutted some fashion. 

                                                   Enjoy just a few :) of the pictures! 

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Through the water for soccer

The children are very good athletes.  No matter what the sport, they can perform well.  For most of them, soccer, is the sport of preference.  One weekend when the out scholars were here, the big boys scheduled themselves for a friendly match in the nearby village.  That was all fine and well, and most of us decided to go and enjoy and cheer them.  Well, all was fine until we got to a LOT of water.  It was not so bad at first but then it became rather deep.  Luckily we did not take the smallest ones but it was even a bit difficult for those of us that are old and short! 

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We enjoyed the soccer but did get a bit cold after being so wet.  Even the cows came.  The boys appreciated that we would travel by foot through so much water to see them play, so it was worth it! 

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Spiritual Retreat Zion Village Staff

We started a tradition that seems to be really enjoyed by the staff at Zion and we are so thankful.  Two times a year we do a “Spiritual Retreat” for our staff.  It started as a half day event.  Then we were ask to extend it to a full day.  Then we were ask to extend it again.  So, it has been one and a half days but this time it was about 2 days with the second half day showing the Jesus film.  We do the retreat 2 times a year during the holiday for children so that the staff is more available and we hire a “sitter” for the 4 little ones. 


This holiday we had the theme of “Living Water.”  John 4: 14 says “but whoever drinks the water I give Him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

There was prayer, songs of praise, speakers and activities and food!


Some staff even shared their testimonies.


We were given challenges to carry the “Living Water” to others.  Even with challenges, God asks us to go and proclaim His word to all the nations.  Don’t let anything or any one hold you back.  If you spill too much water, some might never hear or know.  Don’t let Satan hold you down, discourage you or push you back. 


Are you a pastor trying to save the church with your “plastic” or are you a bad guy trying to squelch the church or are you the church sticking together trying to carry the Word, the Living Water, to the people???


God has ask us to get into the water.  Step out in faith.  He is calling us to “get our feet wet.” Then when we are in the water, He wants us to continue to go deeper.  Go deeper in our faith, in our trust, in our knowledge and our belief.  It will get harder but God will never leave us or forsake us.  Stick together with others of the faith and encourage each other.  Sometimes we may even need to be carried. 

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Never give up!  Don’t let Satan get in your way or slow you down.  Hold on to God and He will see you through!

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Revelation 22: 1-2  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.  On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.