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".


COZV Staff

We are so very blessed by our staff at Children of Zion Village. These men and women share their talents, their energy, their culture, and their love with our boys and girls. The staff work long hours with energetic children and are so very important to our ministry. Each staff member was presented with a Children of Zion t-shirt at our staff Christmas party last week. What a beautiful crew we have!

Christmas Comes Early

We had 58 very, very excited children today. Christmas has come early at Children of Zion Village. The worn, stained, stinky, shredding foam mattresses the children have been sleeping on have been discarded. Thanks to the Kingdom Builders, a generous group of business people in Maryland, a truck arrived in Katima Mulilo today bringing new sturdy mattresses for all of the children's beds. We keep the children busy with school, barn and garden chores, sports games, and other activities. A good night's sleep helps to provide everyone with a good attitude during the day!

On Friday our staff will be treated to a Christmas braii (cookout) with a special meal (including goat) and activities for all to enjoy!

Camping - and Exams!

Recently many of our Children of Zion Village children went on a camping excursion with volunteers and several of our Namibian staff. They traveled to the western Caprivi region where they slept in tents, cooked over a campfire, went on safari, and visited in several villages. About half of the children came from villages in this region before they became orphaned, and taking them on these visits keeps them connected to their heritage.

Schooling continues to be a strong focus for the COZV children. This week seven of them will be taking the "Grade 7" exam. Satisfactory marks on this test will boost their esteem and open doors for more possibilities in their education.


Congratulations are due to the Mink's daughter Jennifer and her husband Scott upon the birth of their second son. Rebecca was able to be in the states to welcome little Jonas and help care for his big brother. She has now returned to Namibia and COZV, but Gary is on his way to the states to meet his grandson and also to share ministry updates with supporting churches. Please remember to lift the Mink family up in prayer as you pray for our COZV children and all of the ministry needs.

Visit to the USA

Two of our Children of Zion Village boys have had the opportunity to spend several months in the USA. Disco is very skilled in working with our COZV horses, and was invited to work alongside a blacksmith in Arkansas to learn horseshoeing. He earned a certificate because of his accomplishments. Nico has always had a fascination with cowboys and was invited to learn and work on a Christian dude ranch in Texas. While there he gained skill and muscle! Both of the boys will take their knowledge back to Namibia where they will use it at COZV and eventually in a trade as they transition to adulthood. What a learning, growing experience they both have had!