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".


Chores and garden

Every day the children have chores and responsibilities.  They must make their bed and straighten their room every morning and evening.  They share cleaning dishes, the kitchen and the floors after dinner.  On Tues, Thurs and Saturday they hand wash their clothes after school in the afternoon.  The little ones like to try and help.

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On Tues and Thus after school and Sat morning the children have prepared a garden plot that they must water.  They each have their own plot so they can each harvest their special kind of vegetable. 

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Like any other parent all over the world, we really want our children to know how to function in the world and at their home once they leave Zion.  So the local nationals play an important role in determining what these chores are so we are not teaching them to be like Westerners.  That training will not really help them much here in Namibia. 

Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.            James 1:4

Camp at Zion

For the last two years, we are ask by the SDA church if we can host their youth camp. We have continued to say yes because it helps the community by having a free place to bring their youth, it is God’s beautiful property to be shared and we have also been blessed by their praise songs and worship.  So, between 500-900 youth and counselors come.  Girls on one side, boys on the other and the camp meetings and meals in the middle.  Our staff and children have also enjoyed the blessing.  The only challenge is the last night when they kept the loud speaker on all night and were very noisy.  It is a little like our Scouts in the States. 

The cars streamed in loaded with children and stuff for camping.  The camp was set up.  The marching drills started early in the morning before breakfast. 

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     The ladies were cooking constantly.  And by day three, there was laundry hanging everywhere!

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Preaching morning, afternoon and evening.  People were everywhere and walked to the camp for the message. 

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The children performed well and had a great time.

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God blessed all that attended and some gave their life to Jesus for the first time.  Thank God for His blessings!

Sunday Family Walks

We never get tired of going on walks with the children.  Each Sunday it is routine to go on a family walk after church and before lunch. We enjoy the conversation and God’s beautiful creation.  Sometimes we see hippos or wade through the water because the flood is coming onto the road.  The children love climbing trees and jumping off sand piles.  We just laugh and enjoy each other and everyone is having fun!  Feeling BLESSED!!!!

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New Playground Blessing

We were very blessed to have a team come from Mt Zion UMC and start a new tire playground at Zion.  After the team got a good start, one volunteer stayed for 3 months and finished the playground.  We are very thankful and the children have really been enjoying the new fun. 

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We thank the volunteers who worked on this wonderful project and thank the churches who donated money to make it possible.  Most of all, we thank God for His faithfulness. 


It seems every year during the dry season we have a big fire next to our property.  We never know how it really starts but it spreads fast, especially if it is windy.  Also there is a major electric pole right there so we must be careful to clear around and wet it down so the fire does not blow it up. 

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So, it is all hands on deck and everyone gets a bucket and starts carrying/passing buckets of water to the fire.  Then another group goes into the fire with branches from a tree to beat down the fire.  There is no fire department to call!!!!!!!  After the fire was out, several had to cross through water because of the way the fire went around the water on both sides.  All were safe except one had a deep cut because of stepping on a broken bottle. 

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Never thought we would be fire fighting but you do what you have to do.  God is always keeping a hedge of protection around us – even through the fires of the day!