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".


End of School Celebration

Thursday, December 8th marked the end of the school and a big celebration except for the closing devotions that were done by Travis and Lorna on Friday morning

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What a wonderful day.  This year was bigger and better than last year.  We transported all of our learners and staff into town to LA town hall where we had our celebration. We were so proud of our learners.  They sang, danced, had a couple of dramas and collected their awards. Even the little children did a wonderful job performing.  There were several invited guests that also attended.  We had about 12 people at the high table and they also participated in the celebration.

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After a full morning of celebration we transported several car loads back to the village through the now muddy road for a wonderful lunch.  We got a cow leg and it was on the braai cooking and was served with pap and soup for gravy.  Back to holiday baking so that we could finish with a couple of home baked cookies.  Yummmm…

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Our Dog Scarlet

Scarlet has left behind 2 beautiful puppies, a girl and a boy.  The girl was born 4 days after the boy and she was tiny.  Well, now, she about 3 times his size.  They are being bottle fed and keeping us all busy.  Scarlet delivered a total of 10 puppies and I am not sure what we would do if we had to feed 10 of them.  Keeping up with 2 is enough. 

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Scarlet had a very tough time with all of the deliveries but then something terrible happened.  She had fluid build up in her abdomen such that she could hardly breath.  They did surgery on her and she came home to lay on our kitchen floor.  The vet came every day to give her a couple of drips.  The fluid built up all over again and she would not eat, drink or even pick her head up.  We all tried and Scarlet tried but she just could not pull it out.  We miss her a lot as she was a wonderful companion but we are thankful for the short 14 months we had with her and for her 2 beautiful, now spoiled, house puppies. 

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Summer time in the USA is often a time for a lot of volunteer traffic at Children of Zion Village.  This year that tradition continues. 
Teams and individuals are spending time lending extra hands for physical work, bringing special activities, sharing new skills, playing games, reading books, having fun with talent shows, and being a big blessings for our children, our staff, and our directors. 
Travis and Lorna Curry, our directors at COZV, have shared many updates in their latest newsletter. 

Race Across the World success!

On June 18th we held our first annual Race Across the World to benefit Children of Zion Village. 
Our 59 children at COZV traveled to town (transported in one huge truck!) and spent the morning running laps on the 1/2 kilometer track at the local sports complex.  The run was followed by a traditional braii and dancing back at COZV, making it a full day of celebration.  All of the children did a fantastic job, but Goty was the top runner completing 30 laps!
Several hours later, across the ocean in Maryland, USA, over 60 people ran laps on a 1/4 mile sports track in support of the COZV runners and the COZ ministry.  Many others came to cheer them on and to join in the festivities of games, food, music, dance and fellowship.  We had several runners complete over 20 laps in an hour, and one runner ran for 2 hours and completed 40 laps!
Many others from all around sponsored a COZV child for their run.  It was a fun and successful day, with a total of over 1600 laps run!    Please click on the Race logo below to see a slideshow of the event. 
Thank you to everyone who supported the event with finances and with prayer. 
We'll do it again in 2012! 

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UPDATE:  Click the image below to see photos from the Mt. Zion UMC Race Across The World event.                  




COZ board member Courtney West has put together this fantastic event to raise much needed funds for our children's home in Namibia.  Please click the image above to read more about the event and to donate to this wonderful cause.