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".


Christmas Day at Zion Village 2013

Merry Christmas Zion and to all of our families and friends around the world!!!! 

… they will call him Immanuel – which means “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23b

Since most of the children (all except for 7) are out visiting their extended family in the villages, it is quiet at Zion on Christmas day.  We have been trying to do something special to include the children and the staff that are on duty.  So, the night before Christmas, we made large pans of breakfast casserole to put in the frig to be ready to pop in the oven on Christmas morning. 

That morning we joined together to have a Christmas devotion, led by Travis.  While we were doing that, the breakfast was heating in the oven.  After the devotion, we enjoyed a nice breakfast casserole.  This is different for most but they enjoyed it a lot. 


When breakfast was over we started to prepare lunch.  A lunch of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and corn.  With everyone helping, it was not difficult at all. 


In between eating, we played with the small ones.  Such a joy!!!  Liseli even was helping Mayando put on his sandal that fell off:)



After lunch we enjoyed a small gift exchange with our team mates, Lena and Johannes Ebner and volunteer, Amanda. 


AND, we had a huge surprise of 3 big boxes from Norcross First UMC, our home church!  We will have enough M&M’s, pain killers and coffee mate to last for the next year --- maybe!  We were also so blessed with crafts for Bible Study and much more!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!


Time for some photos by the river…   God has given us so much and we are so thankful.  Thankful for Jesus, His son, thankful for His love, His grace, His forgiveness, His comfort and peace and we are so thankful for each other and our calling here to Children of Zion Village. 


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.  Luke 2:14

“Delivering” Christmas to the Villages

It is a privilege to be able to share the love of God and the reason for the season of Christmas and the reason why Jesus was sent to this world – to love and to save – with 7 surrounding villages.   This includes telling the Christmas story and delivering food and small toys/stuffed animals for the children and this year we were so brave we sang a few Christmas carols. 

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In one village we saw how the rain destroyed the house and they relocated.  Also we saw how they have to put a bucket down a deep pipe/well to get water to water the entire garden!  That is some hard work yet they are not hateful but they are very loving people. 

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Smiles after receiving small stuffed animal gifts.  God always blesses us with just the right thing and the right amount when it comes to handing out gifts for so many children and families.  NEVER Doubt God’s promise to provide!!!

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We did drive deep into the bush and through water.  Last year the car broke down.  The year before last we get stuck.  This year we were blessed with safe travels and no problems.  Even the looked like it might dump lots of rain, but we even stayed dry!  GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!!!

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Hugs and love.  Waves goodbye until next time!!!

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Merry Christmas and may God Bless you one and ALL!!!! AMEN!

Mafuta Christmas

Today in the town of David  a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”   Luke 2: 11- 14

Because of your love and support, Zion Village is able to provide food for a feeding center in Mafuta.  It is here where many orphaned and vulnerable children come.  Every day they are eating a meal they might not get.  They are receiving a preschool education from volunteers and volunteers that cook the food that we, Zion, bring.  God is So Good to provide food, school supplies, electricity, volunteers and fire wood!!!!!

Each year at Christmas we try to bring a message not just of food and gifts but the ONE of the Love of JESUS and the reason that we even celebrate Christmas.  This year was no different.  The menu was chicken, pasta, rice, veggies and cookies. 

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I always love to hear the children pray.  It is so sweet even though I do not understand the language totally.  Still it is a prayer of thanks to God. 

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Every plate was piled high and all enjoyed the food. 

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After the Christmas story, prayer, food and songs, we handed out donations of pillow case dresses for the girls and shorts for the boys.  Thank you again for your donations to make a smile on a small child. 

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So, even tough the place was full of water from the rains and we were also a bit wet, our day was blessed and we know that God blessed all these small children and staff.

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Merry Christmas to our Mafuta family and friends.  May God Bless you with His Love and Grace!!! 

Harford Cable Network airs story on COZV

 The Harford Cable Network's piece on Children of Zion Village began airing on January 1st.  You can watch it online here.

Mike is running for Mafuta again!

 It looks like board member Mike Jacobs is pulling another crazy stunt in his attempt to raise funds for our Mafuta feeding center.  Click the image below for more details.