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".


Home for the holidays for our children

It becomes a bit quiet here at Zion as the children go to their villages with family for the holidays.  It is a mixture of emotions for them I think. They get excited about going but then they get scared when the time comes.  Some shed a few tears at the initial drop off (especially the younger ones) but they all seem to enjoy their visit and also coming back at Zion.  The drive is long and it takes us 2 days to get them all dropped off.  The first day was to the far western Caprivi and we were on the road for 12.5 hours.  We even packed all of the luggage in the trailer or it would have been a 3 day event.  It also rained most of the drive. The second day we split the drive with the volunteers and we were all back in about 6 hours.  There are still 7 children here – the 3 youngest plus a few of the older boys.  We will look forward to having Christmas day with our small family here. 

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Many joined in to bring the Christmas tree to “"life”.  The lights were carefully placed, and the Merry Christmas banner hung.  We called each child’s name to come get their ornaments and hang them carefully where ever on the tree they wanted.

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Several days later, we made our house look a bit like Christmas. With our little tree and the manger scene that Lorna’s father made and our elephants with hats and giraffes with wreaths, we are feeling a little more like Christmas.  The ladies (Margaret, Laura and Lorna) even dressed the part. 

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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

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.