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".


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. 

Labor Day/Workers Day May 1

On the first of May it was Labor Day or Workers Day in the Zambezi Region.  Everyone came to Katima for a big event at the Sports Complex.  I have honestly never seen so many people in one place in this area!  Everyone was expecting to see the President since he is about to go out of office.  The elections are coming up this fall.

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But, the President was not there.  The Prime Minister was there and he is the leading candidate for the President elect.  Speeches went on for the morning and cultural dances for the afternoon. 

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Holiday from School, Visit to the village

Two times a year the children have a month long holiday from school.  Usually it is over Easter and over Christmas.  So, it is an opportunity for them to reconnect with any family that they have in villages around the Caprivi area.  Some live very close, 30 minutes, and some live very far, 4 plus hours.  So we transport the close ones (the locals) first and the next day we take the rest.  That day of travel can take 8-9 hours because of the stopping and sometimes the rain or the road or the police stops along the way. 

But before they go, everyone must wash their clothes and blankets and clean their rooms. 

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We have a lot of break downs with our cars.  Not long ago we only had one out of three cars working.  Now we have two but they are the two smaller cars and the bus (12 seater) has been in the shop for over a month.  So, when it comes to transporting many children, we can only rely on God.  We had 17 children to transport for the long distance.  We have been blessed with some very good friends here in Namibia.  They have helped us and Zion in many ways.  This time it was to lend us their open bakkie so we could proceed with the transport.  Since it was raining, we tied a tarp over the back and put all the luggage there as well as a single bed mattress for children to sit/lay on.  Off we went. 

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It is sometimes difficult to see our children walk off into a village especially if they are not with another child from Zion.  We trust God that they know right from wrong and they will be strong to make good decisions and that their family and friends will welcome them and treat them nicely. 

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I hope they know that we are all praying for them: for their safety, their health, their attitudes and right decisions.  We trust that God will keep watch over them until we see them next month. 

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Well, here at Zion, the small ones will play together.  We will all have fun and await the return of the older children who are missed.

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                                Come near to God and He will come near to you.  James 4:8

COZV Mission School End of First Term 2014 Assembly

The beginning and end of each school term is celebrated in a special assembly.  The day is opened with children singing songs of praise, prayer, the pledges and the national anthem. 

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Then the director prepares a special devotion.  This time the scripture came from Genesis 2:2 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing, so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”  He had 3 children hold jugs of water straight out in front of them and very soon they were tired and needed rest.  So, with this holiday, they should rest but not forget what they have learned.  Then they should come back next month rested and ready to work hard for it is a season of learning for them. 

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Then each name was called by Lorna and one by one they received there school report while the others cheered for their accomplishments. 

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All filed back into class to be dismissed by each teacher and a day of play began. 

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We are thankful for the teachers and we are thankful for the parents that bring their children to Zion Mission School.  We are blessed to be able to provide a Christian education and teach the Bible, Character Traits of Christ and pray.  If each one can only reach one…  Now we have just over 100 children attending the Mission School and more parents want to send their children but space is an issue.  God will provide. 

The children have been using the bathrooms inside of the children’s home which is a bit away from the school.  Also, they must pass by the children’s bedrooms which can be a temptation and it drags in a lot of sand/dirt and it is almost impossible to keep the toilets clean.  Now, we have new bathrooms, specifically for the school children, under construction near the school.  Thank God for things that seem small but are really big!

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Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?  John 11:40

Everything is possible to the one who believes.  Mark 9:23

Sunday walks and the river

We are always thankful for the family worship on Sundays.  Travis typically leads the service.  It is difficult pulling together information to make sense to such a wide age range.  He never thought he would be a pastor but he has become blessed by God for this service. Sometimes it is discouraging because the children do not seem to hear or respond.  But God calls us to plant seeds.  Then it is up to Him - God.  We know one day there will be a great harvest.  We may or may not see it but we are called in this season to plant.

After service we enjoy a family walk.  We really enjoy walking by the river, but during this flooding time, we are unable to get to the river side because the water is too high.  So, we headed out onto the road. 

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When we got to the bridge we could see that the water was coming up under the bridge and making it wet.  That is when it becomes concerning because if the bridge goes out, we become an island and our boat is broken! 

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There is water all around us and the children love to get in it no matter how dirty!  That is why we love the swimming pool!

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His Love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1