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".


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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Christmas for staff at Zion

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.  Luke 1: 30-33

Each year we have a Christmas party for staff when we have lunch, dancing and gifts.  We are blessed to have a staff that we really care about and like to do some special things. They love Hungry Lion, which is the fast food place in our town.  It compares a bit to Kentucky Fried Chicken with fried chicken and hot chips.  So, that is what we have for the Christmas lunch.  (We actually have the party early – Dec 10 – before they all start taking leave and going out of town.)  We baked around 300 cookies this year including peanut butter, cut out and decorated sugar cookies and a bar cookie.  There was no chips for the seven layer bar cookie so I bought a bunch of different kinds of candy bars and cut them up and used them on top of crushed vanilla cookies then sprinkled with coconut and sweeten condensed milk.  Yummmy. 

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Showing off their gifts.

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We are all thankful to God for His gift, His Blessing, His love.  And we are thankful to all of you that support Zion or us in some way; financial, prayer, encouragement.  Merry Christmas and God’s Blessings!

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