WELCOME

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

Volunteers

Have you ever volunteered to serve people from another culture? Have you ever blessed children who do not have a traditional family? Have you ever received hugs from dozens of little ones, all on the same day?

Sarah, a recent Children of Zion Village volunteer, told me that her experience at COZV was very different than she expected - but it was absolutely wonderful. God taught her a lot about herself and about others, and most important, she knows that she has made a difference in the lives of a group of children. Sarah is planning to return to serve at COZV for an extended time.

In the next few months we have several church teams and a number of individuals volunteering at COZV, giving 2 weeks to several months of their time to be a blessing. The teams will work on building construction as well as do special projects with the children. The individuals will share their skills wherever needed. Some will teach a trade to some of the children. Some will assist in the classroom. Some will teach Bible lessons. Some will spend time encouraging the staff. Some will work with the young children. Some will help in the agriculture area. Some will help with administration or cooking or cleaning or maintenance. There are always needs. There are always people to bless.

Is God calling you to come and serve with us in Namibia? We are currently accepting applications for volunteers to serve after October, 2009. Is He calling you?

Home Again!

The children are back home to COZV! The property has continued to dry up, the government has inspected, and we have been given permission to return to Children of Zion Village. A day of boat trips back and forth to bring children, staff, mattresses, cooking equipment, tables & benches and school materials back home, and life is slowly returning to "normal".
 

Sunshine and a Breeze

Thank you for all of the prayers for Children of Zion Village. The waters of the Zambezi River have continued to go down. God has sent loads of sunshine and a gentle breeze to help dry up our property. The Children's Home has been cleaned and the beds put back in place. Now we are waiting for the government to give us permission to move back "home".

Although we've had quite a few snakes, crocodiles that stayed a little too close for comfort, and a mother and baby hippo who have been visiting daily, our family has remained safe during this crisis. Prayers are needed for many in the region who lost loved ones to the flood waters and crocodile attacks and to the many, many who have lost their homes.

Please keep the children, the staff and the volunteers in prayer as they move back to our property as soon as permission is granted.

Evacuation

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Children of Zion Village during the flooding of the Zambezi River. Last weekend the children were all evacuated from our property to a nearby facility. Efforts are being made to continue with schooling and other routines for the children. Furniture and supplies have been brought from COZV to the temporary facility. Staff members and volunteers have been staying with the children each night as well as caring for them during the day.

Continued prayers are needed for the safety of the children. We have young ones who are now at an unfamiliar, unfenced property near a flooded river. The hippos, crocodiles and snakes have been disturbed from their usual habitat and are wandering where they do not often go. Pray for guidance for the Minks, the staff and the volunteers as they care for the children and make decisions each day.

And please pray for the sun to shine and dry up our flooded property so that our COZV family is able to return "home" soon!

Zambezi Flooding

The annual rains along the Zambezi River have once again causes flooding in many areas. Local villages are under water and people are camped out in the middle of the roads, which tend to be a bit higher than the surrounding ground. Although the rains have ceased, the flood waters continue to flow down the Zambezi from northern areas.

At Children of Zion Village we are suffering the worst flood situation since we opened our doors in January, 2003. Currently several of our housing units are flooded and most of our other buildings are surrounded by water. Along with the danger, destruction and mess of the water and mud, comes the crocodiles who like the shallow water and the snakes entering buildings looking for a dry home.

We have been offered a dry field near town to set up a tent camp, but the chaos of housing, feeding, supervising and caring for 58 children in that setting makes us hesitate to move. There would also be concern of thievery from our abandoned property.

Please pray for the safety of the children, the staff and the missionaries at COZV, and pray that the water begins to recede.