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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".

VILLAGE NEWS

New Family members at Zion!!!

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourself from being polluted by the world. 

Every day is a blessing but today was even more special.  After a full day at the sports field with the Zion Mission School children, we were called to come to the hospital and meet the social worker and receive two small children – siblings.

There was a beautiful boy, 2 year old, and his sweet baby sister.  We are told she is 9 months but she does not appear to be that old.  She cannot hold her own head up nicely and she is very weak.  They were very dirty.  The mother is 19 and she has 3 children.  The oldest, 3, is living with his father.  She does not know where the fathers are for the 2 we received.  Neither of the babies cried when taken from their mother.  They both need some medical care but nothing serious. 

Both have adjusted very quickly to the other children and are laughing and the older boy really LOVES to eat (a good thing).  The baby did not know how to eat from the bottle but she has already learned in one night. 

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We are thankful to be able to help these young ones that were suffering and in danger.  We know that God will help us and guide us and we help to raise them to be strong, not just physically, but in the Lord.  Please pray along with us as these children adjust and our little ones also adjust (since they are now very jealous). 

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you site at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Sports competition at the “stadium”

Zion Mission School has been working hard on the events for track and field to have a friendly competition.

Zion won everything and the final score was Zion 261 ZPS 205!!!!!  GO ZION ATHELETES!!!!!   

It started with clouds and rain.  But it ended with sun and HOT!  Really the clouds and rain were better even though it did not seem so at the time.  We took the big and the small!  All had fun and all were very tired at the end of the day.

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Foot races were first…

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Long jump….

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High jump…

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Just cute…

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Let’s CHEER!!!!!

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Here we go Zion!!  Here we go!!  Here we go Zion!!  Here we go !!

Zion Mission School New Year

 

The children have returned from holiday and they are excited to start school mostly so they can see their friends from town that come to Zion for school.  It is also exciting for us to collect many hugs and see so many smiles of joy. 

The school day always starts with prayer and every Monday there is 7am assembly with singing, prayer and a devotion.  The children are so good as they stand on the basketball court for 30 or more minutes. 

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Friends …

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Games…

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We are thankful for our opportunity for a good Christian Education!!  Thank you for you support that allows us to be at Zion Mission School!

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House in Town

 

We continue to listen to God’s direction for the way forward for Zion.  This year we decided to rent a house in town for the youngest girls transitioning from living at Zion to going out to secondary school (grade 8).  In the past, the children have lived in the hostel.  In the past the children have been older going out because they started school later.  Now the children going from Zion Mission Primary School to Secondary School are younger.  So, in order to try to provide more supervision and have a house mother availabe to advise the children, we rented a house in town for 4 girls to live with a house mother.  They commute back and forth to the school. 

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Getting ready for school.     WE thank God for our education, our house mother, our friends, your prayers and support!!!!          

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Please pray with us that these children are lights for Christ in their villages and at school and in the community.

Merry Christmas 2015 Children of Zion Namibia Africa

Luke 2:8-14 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared dtothem, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraie.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  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 hightest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 
We are celebrating our 6th Christmas in a row in Namibia at Children of Zion Village.  We certainly miss being with family, especially this time of year but we are blessed by God’s grace and for all of you who pray for Zion and support Zion and us!  You make us especially joyful! 
We had many Christmas parties already since the children and staff go on holiday but we will continue to celebrate the birth of Christ even into the Christmas party for the children when they return.  We are keeping 2 little ones (one year and two years) over the holiday.  We did have one of the older girls but she decided to attend a church camp that lasts until after New Year.  We are happy for her and know she is making lots of friends and having a great time. 
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It has been very different having the little ones.  Certainly changes our “schedule” (even though our schedule really changes almost every day).  Just not used to getting up and changing and making bottles…  We are blessed in they are joyful children and the 2 year old really makes us laugh!! 
I made Christmas Casserole for all the staff working and for our ministry partners.  We gathered at our house for prayer, the Christmas story and eating!  It was a nice fellowship time together.
Immediately after cleaning up from breakfast we started lunch. Everyone helped, even the little ones! We were so blessed with delicious vegetables from the garden.  It was quite a feast!  Fresh corn right off the stalk, greens, onion, tomato, and also ham and sweet potatoes, not from the garden. Very Blessed!
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We enjoyed a small gift exchange with our ministry partners.  We were also blessed to have wonderful friends from the neighborhood where we used to live in Atlanta.  Last year their daughter, Olivia, cleaned out her stuffed animals and sent them to Africa for the children.  Most of them were handed out to the children at the feeding center last year.  But we kept a few that required batteries thinking that they would not have batteries.  There were exactly 3 and there were 3 little ones here. Purity and Elias especially appreciated the talking, singing Care Bears! 
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So, the day was joyful and we are thankful!  Thankful to God and thankful for YOU!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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