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".


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. 

Can we go swimming…. Please!?!?

It is the time of year when the temperatures are 90 and above.  The breeze might blow but it is a hot one!  So the ongoing question is, “Can we go swimming?”  Please!!!!  We keep checking the local pool but it has been closed for some time.  They said it would be open this week, but, it did not.  So, off to the river we go!  The river is very low now so we go to a big area where you can see the bottom and even the little ones can wade in the water.  They have so much fun with such a simple, no cost activity that it is a blessing!!!  So, off we go!!!!

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Cheshire Home turns 20 years!

There is an amazing school near us for children with disabilities.  The lady that started it is still there.  She began her fund raising by selling ice cubes for N$.50 This 5 cents in the US.  She is originally from Poland.  In countries such as these, the children are cursed with a disability so the parents are not proud and do not want them to be out in public.  So this place has encouraged the parents and especially the children that they are different, but there are others like them and they CAN be successful and get a job. 

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The event was a blessing with 2 of the graduates coming back and giving motivational speeches to the others.  There was a cultural group that danced (pictures).  A speech from the Governor, songs from the Cheshire children and even lunch!  We have joined our groups together for a fun time but it reminded me that we have not done so for a while.  So we are planning for the get together of Zion and Cheshire before the end of the year!!!! 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Fun and learning at COZ Mission School

We have a volunteer from the states that is coming through the Peace Corps that got our number from someone in the community.  Another God meeting!!!  So, he is full of energy and excitement to work with children.  Today he came and helped in many classes.  He led exercise, taught a few songs and taught about the correct way and importance of hand washing.  He used glitter glue on the hands of the children to prove the point.  With just water only some of it came off.  But with soap and water and singing a silly song, it all came off!!!  Fun and learning….  Thank you Jason!


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Visit to the chicken farm

Today we took one of the classes from Zion Mission School to the nearby chicken farm.

We learned many things about raising chickens – the meat only chickens and the egg laying chickens.  Interesting that we have NEVER seen a white egg here in Namibia.  And, the chickens they sell for meat are white but the egg layers are brown. 

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They use saw dust for the floor to keep it soft and dry.  When the chicks are little they can eat from a pan on the ground but as they get a bit bigger, they hang the food and water from the ceiling so they can eat upright which is better for them.  They must also be accurate with giving the vaccinations.  They get 3 in the fist month and then they get vitamin water to help them to be strong after the vaccination.  Chickens do like wind so most of the pen is covered in thick plastic which they can roll different sides up and down depending on the weather. 

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They also have a slaughter house and here (which is a rather new place) they had 2 pens with meat chickens, two with egg laying chickens and 2 with babies.  There are about 1000 chickens per pen.  The egg layers are only productive for 1.6 months but they lay one egg every day.  Then they are sold for eating. 

All I can say is this is a hard a dirty job and everything must be precise or the chickens will die and you could loose a whole pen of 1000 at a time.  Thank God for the people who do this because most all of us enjoy chicken and eggs!!