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".


Graduation of preschool and Christmas Blessings at Mafuta!

Each year we have the blessing of giving to Mafuta where orphans come to eat.  So, Zion is blessed to be able to provide food.  Maybe the only meal of the day for these children. 

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Also each year we provide food for an extra special Christmas celebration.  Most often they eat the traditional pap and fish.  But for the holiday they had chicken, rice, potatoes, and gravy which is very special for them.  We were thankful for the weather.  One year it poured rain and we had to walk through a stream of water to get to the food…  This year it was cloudy but it did not rain.

It started with the graduation of the preschool program.

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We progressed with the reading and translation of the Christmas story.  Opened and closed in prayer. 

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Then they lined up for their gift of shoes from Newberry United Methodist Church in Williamsport Pennsylvania (where Lorna grew up).  I think we did not pray enough because every year we have exactly what we need.  This year we were 5 short but God will provide for this.  Those 5 will not be left.  We are so thankful to God for you and for all who help out even if a pack of socks or new underwear.  Everything is needed and nothing is left and it is always appreciated.  We have several more villages to help this season.  We have also been blessed with pillowcase dresses that will be distributed to villages for Christmas. 

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From feet with no shoes to too small shoes or broken shoes to feet with nice shoes!!!  Thank you God for providing for needs!

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They proceeded to pray for their gift of food.  We then presented the staff with a Christmas “bucket” full of food.  They work hard and show up every day to cook for these children and need to be appreciated.  This is just a small gift.  If you are in a team that is coming you can also appreciate the staff at Mafuta with a small gift or foot massage or lotion…  They will love it!!!  And God will bless you!!! 

Transport Children

We are so happy that most of the children staying at Zion have extended family and sometimes even one parent.  They have been going to visit them each holiday since we arrived.  At first they were excited, then scared since they had not been visiting them.  But now, they have made friends in their villages and they enjoy going and seeing family and friends.  Next year, some more may be reunited with family because of this connection.  It is bitter sweet for us because now the village becomes so quiet.  We really miss them but we know that the best place for a child to be is with family as long as they are safe and being taken care of.  The hardest ones to leave are the little ones.  Our 3 year old twins have been spending time with their Auntie each weekend for the past couple of months.  But, one month away seems so long.  One cried when we left, the other was fine.  Also our 5 year old girl has NEVER been away.  But now there is the sister of her mother who really wanted to take her.  She was so excited but then cried when we were leaving.  Now we hear she is doing very well and is so well behaved!  Bitter – Sweet.  Missing our children and our families during this most wonderful time of year! 

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Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Please pray for the children to be safe, happy, making good decisions and staying in good health and remembering who is their protection and help in time of need.

Last Day 2015 Zion Mission School

On Wednesday 2 December we celebrated all of the learners at Zion Mission School. Everyone received a cheer when their name was called and they came forward to collect their school report.  The top (ones that completed the most books – PACES) were given a special prize award.  It was a great day of encouragement and rewards and some were disappointed so maybe they will work harder next year.  See you all next year! Enjoy your holiday and read a few books!
Hip Hip Hooray!!!  Hip Hip Hooray!!!! 
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Then the grade 7’s decided to give the teachers “special” awards!  They could do this since they will be going out next year for grade 8.  So, some were funny, some were nice.  For example, the teacher that is the best dressed, the teacher that is the prettiest, the teacher that is most scary, the teacher that is the funniest, the teacher most quiet, the teacher most talkative, the sleepy head teacher, and the most kind teacher. 
FUN and Blessings abound and we give God the glory!!!

Thank you and farewell to our ministry partners

Our ministry partners here at Children of Zion, Lena and Johannes and Elias Ebner will be leaving Zion on January 6.  They feel they are being called into another field of ministry.  To disciple the people that have not heard about Jesus.  Maybe church planting.  Johannes is studying to become a pastor.  They do not yet know where they will be serving but they have a heart for Africa so they are looking into area that need their talents.  We will miss them and the help they have been to us here but we know when God calls you out or in, you must go.  Thank you to Lena and Johannes for everything you have given to Zion Village staff, children, community and us!!!  You will be missed. 
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Field Day and Prizes for Children at Zion Mission School

One of my favorite times of year is field day at Zion Mission School!  One of our volunteers started it 2 years ago and now it has become a fun tradition!

All the children were assigned a team color and two teachers.  We also had the privilege of having a Christian team with 20 eighteen year old kids and 4 adults here and they made the event very funny and really motivated the teams!  As always, we started the day with prayer. 

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Each team wore a headband to display their team color.  There was also a banner/flag and mascot competition.  It was difficult because they were all excellent.  AND, the children made them (except for team black).  So, we had the

                 BLUE DOLPHINS!!!                                    The BLACK SCORPIONS!!!!                         The GREEN RHINOS!!!!

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                                                  The RED DOVES!!!!                                                                     The PURPLE LIONS!!!!

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                                                                 LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had many races.  The wheel barrow race…

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The three legged race that ended in sack carry…

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The two man carry…                                           The Piggy back…                                                    The sack hop…

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The human pyramid…..

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And many, many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We proceeded to award the teams their prizes.  Every team received an award for something.  One was team work, one sportsmanship, one for the flag/mascot, one for team cheering, and one for points. 

Also on this special day the 4 top in each class received awards.  Best overall academic performance.  Second best academic performance.  Most improved and most diligent. 

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We planned a special lunch for the school for a special day.  We need to encourage and reward as these children are the future of the country.  We thank God for all He provided for this day and this year.  Even the weather was good as it was cloudy and not so hot.  There were some periods of drizzle but it just felt good.  After the lunch the clouds opened up but the celebration was finished. 

John 10:14  I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--- Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father --- and I lay down my life for the sheep.