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".


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.

"Being Here"

Some of the girls who are in a Bible study learning about the book of Psalms were asked to write their own Psalm. The following is their beautiful piece.

"Being Here"

A Psalm of gratitude for Children of Zion

Oh Lord, how loving is your name in our ears.
We praise you for our home beside the fresh river; for the birds sweet song that we hear.
Thank you for your protection through the day and night.
Thank you for our mother and father,
our brothers, sisters, aunties, and uncles.
Many around us are starving, but we are well fed.

You are our Provider.
Many children are alone,
but you have sent us many people from all over the world to love us.
Thank you for the many gifts you have given us; peaceful sleeping and joyful days.
We are all sinners but you forgave us and changed us, oh Lord.
Thank you for Christian education.
Thank you for all you have done in our lives.
Please don't leave us;
be among us.
We want to see Your Kingdom.

Engela, Anna, Emelia, Lisedi, Rochester, Efa ages 10-12

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.