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".


Valentine’s Day–Love, Love, Love

The children love to swim. There is a pool in town that charges per person but it is very cheap.  However, the bigger of the two pools was closed for some kind of problem so we decided to just go onto the smaller pool.  It was kind of green but still cleaner than the river.  It was fun and even though some were shivering, they didn’t want to get out of the pool.

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For Valentine’s Day we had hamburgers on the braai (a special meal here) and macaroni and ice cream!
It was a Bible Study Day so the village kids were here and we taught about the Love of God. How God never stops loving us and how He died for us so that we can have life everlasting.  How?  Pray for forgiveness of your sins, ask Jesus into your heart, change, pray more, read your Bible and try to live like Christ.  Not so easy but for children it must be broken down so they understand. 

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We even had the children help make the bulletin board with “Love the Lord your God with all your heart...”  Everyone wore red and it was a wonderful day.

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Philippians 1:9    I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.

The twins turn 3 years!

Back to 2012 when these beautiful twin boys were placed in our care and said that we got double the love because it was the day before Valentines day.  They were just at a weight to be able to be discharged from the hospital. 

They were so tiny we had to tie different colored ribbons on their wrists to be able to tell who was who! 

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Now these guys have turn 3 in January and are so different.  They have started preschool and are thriving.   

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We continue to be doubly blessed in many ways.  This is only one! 

Ephesians 1:5 He predestined us to be adopted as His sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”

Christmas At Zion Village


After transporting everyone back to Zion from the holiday in January, we celebrated Christmas with a
special Christmas message and with gifts. It was a special time since Lisa and Pastor Craig (Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion UMC – the founding church) was here. It was not Santa but it was gifts from sponsors and people who care in the states.

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Thank you to all who made Christmas extra special this year for our children.
God bless you and keep you in HIS care!

What a blessing also that God would provide enough that we can give to others. We took a Christmas
message and food to 5 villages and asked the chiefs to pass it on to the rest. We take children so they can learn that giving is better that receiving. Teaching the young ones is better than not teaching
– culture, Jesus, giving…

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Luke 2:10-11 The  angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today… a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord.”

Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Christmas Holiday for the children

There were 8 children that remained here at Zion for the holiday month because they are either very young babies or 3 older ones that did not have a place to go. It was a time that we could spend one on one with them and with the little ones, they came every day to our house to watch a video, play with toys, have a tea party or go to the playground.

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While children are on holiday we found a special person to look after the little ones and we had a 2 day
Spiritual retreat for staff. During this awesome time we pray together, some give testimonies, we have speakers and team building activities.  The theme for December was LIGHT.  At this time we also celebrate our staff with special breakfast and lunch and gifts.  We also baked about 600 Christmas cookies in my small oven sine the one in the children’s home is not working. 

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As 2014 ends, may God be your hiding place; may He protect you from trouble, and may He incline your spiritual ears to listen carefully while He surrounds you with joyful songs of deliverance.  May the Lord break each evil bond that enslaves you and shine His healing light on your face.  AMEN!

Christmas at Mafuta Village

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Mafuta is a place where every week Zion provides food that some volunteer women cook for orphans.  About 140 children come to eat at break from the school that is nearby plus there is a preschool there where 2 of the volunteers teach 40-50 children.  Can you imagine 40-50 preschoolers in one small room and to teach them??  That is the patience from God and the strength from God!  Some of these children might not get another meal for the day. 

So at Christmas we like to share God’s love by telling the Christmas story, providing “special” foods for a feast, singing festive songs, prayer and delivering gifts. 

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This year was very special.  We used to live in a neighborhood with many friends – special friends.  One family has a 10 year old girl, Olivia.  She decided to give all of her stuffed animals to the children in Africa who have less than her.  God’s love from a child coming all the way around the world – So Sweet, So Special.   WE brought 4 of our youngest ones (one set of 2 year old twins, one 4 year old and one 9) so they could play with new children, be outside of Zion in a different village and hand out the special stuffed animal gifts.  Well, it was a tough lesson to learn that you cannot keep everything that is cute and nice but sometimes you must give to others.  They really did a great job, but we could see that some of the animals they really wanted to hang on too! 

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We thank God for His continuous gift of love without any expectation of something in return.  Just like this young girl, Olivia, gave from the heart with no expectation of something in return.  Thank you God for always providing just what we need (like exactly the right number of gifts for the Mafuta children) and to Lisa and Chris Kelley and their daughter, Olivia, for sending the wonderful stuffed animals all the way to Africa so that many children could receive something special for Christmas this year!!!!