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".


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.


Mafuta Preschool Graduation

We were honored to be invited to attend the Mafuta Preschool Graduation.  Mafuta is the center that Zion supports with food and a few school supplies, electricity and fire wood.  There are many orphans in this village and these ladies volunteer their time each day to cook for the children so they have at least one meal a day. Two of the ladies teach the class of 50.  Yes, 50 preschoolers!!!!!  All is done outside or in a very small building.  The graduation was outside with music, balloons and food.  The children marched with their balloons and sat nicely under the big tree in their small plastic chairs. 


People young and older attended and gathered to watch the small ones be honored.


Since there were only a few caps and gowns, the children rotated wearing them and it did take some time to get them all changed and through the line.  The staff helped to get them dressed and organized.  SO CUTE!!!


Travis and Lorna were both called upon to speak.  Did we know ahead of time?  NO!  But you must always go prepared for anything.  So, mama Lorna was ask to pray and Papa Travis was called upon for a speech.  So we were thankful to God and to the teachers, parents, volunteers and those of you that donate financially to support the efforts at Mafuta.  As you can see, it is paying off and the children are happy, healthy and educated. 


We Give God the Glory for this place and the supporters and for the ladies that volunteer their time at Mafuta in love of Him and the children. 


Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  Psalm 63: 3, 4

Baby Purity – Christmas Blessing

Three years ago, our first Christmas in Africa, we got a call on Dec 23 to come and receive a baby girl, Liseli on Dec 24th.  We said, wow!!!!  What a great Christmas gift for our first year in Africa.  Then last year the day before Valentine’s day we got a gift of twin boys – double the love.  This year on Dec 15 we picked up baby Purity, just 5 weeks old. 

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She is a beautiful blessings from God and a wonderful addition to our Zion family.  Of course all the small ones are jealous and craving even more attention.  Purity, well she is just wondering what all the flashing of cameras is that is going on.  “Please people, can you turn down the flash!” 

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We pray God brightens your Christmas with smiles of His great Love!!!  Merry Christmas from our family to yours!! 

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