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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".

VILLAGE NEWS

Zion Mission School New Year

 

The children have returned from holiday and they are excited to start school mostly so they can see their friends from town that come to Zion for school.  It is also exciting for us to collect many hugs and see so many smiles of joy. 

The school day always starts with prayer and every Monday there is 7am assembly with singing, prayer and a devotion.  The children are so good as they stand on the basketball court for 30 or more minutes. 

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Friends …

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Games…

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We are thankful for our opportunity for a good Christian Education!!  Thank you for you support that allows us to be at Zion Mission School!

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House in Town

 

We continue to listen to God’s direction for the way forward for Zion.  This year we decided to rent a house in town for the youngest girls transitioning from living at Zion to going out to secondary school (grade 8).  In the past, the children have lived in the hostel.  In the past the children have been older going out because they started school later.  Now the children going from Zion Mission Primary School to Secondary School are younger.  So, in order to try to provide more supervision and have a house mother availabe to advise the children, we rented a house in town for 4 girls to live with a house mother.  They commute back and forth to the school. 

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Getting ready for school.     WE thank God for our education, our house mother, our friends, your prayers and support!!!!          

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Please pray with us that these children are lights for Christ in their villages and at school and in the community.

Merry Christmas 2015 Children of Zion Namibia Africa

Luke 2:8-14 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared dtothem, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraie.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the hightest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 
We are celebrating our 6th Christmas in a row in Namibia at Children of Zion Village.  We certainly miss being with family, especially this time of year but we are blessed by God’s grace and for all of you who pray for Zion and support Zion and us!  You make us especially joyful! 
We had many Christmas parties already since the children and staff go on holiday but we will continue to celebrate the birth of Christ even into the Christmas party for the children when they return.  We are keeping 2 little ones (one year and two years) over the holiday.  We did have one of the older girls but she decided to attend a church camp that lasts until after New Year.  We are happy for her and know she is making lots of friends and having a great time. 
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It has been very different having the little ones.  Certainly changes our “schedule” (even though our schedule really changes almost every day).  Just not used to getting up and changing and making bottles…  We are blessed in they are joyful children and the 2 year old really makes us laugh!! 
I made Christmas Casserole for all the staff working and for our ministry partners.  We gathered at our house for prayer, the Christmas story and eating!  It was a nice fellowship time together.
Immediately after cleaning up from breakfast we started lunch. Everyone helped, even the little ones! We were so blessed with delicious vegetables from the garden.  It was quite a feast!  Fresh corn right off the stalk, greens, onion, tomato, and also ham and sweet potatoes, not from the garden. Very Blessed!
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We enjoyed a small gift exchange with our ministry partners.  We were also blessed to have wonderful friends from the neighborhood where we used to live in Atlanta.  Last year their daughter, Olivia, cleaned out her stuffed animals and sent them to Africa for the children.  Most of them were handed out to the children at the feeding center last year.  But we kept a few that required batteries thinking that they would not have batteries.  There were exactly 3 and there were 3 little ones here. Purity and Elias especially appreciated the talking, singing Care Bears! 
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So, the day was joyful and we are thankful!  Thankful to God and thankful for YOU!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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Blessed and Food to Share

God tells us that He will bless us so that we can go out and bless others.  Do not keep blessings to yourself but He will bless you in abundance when you in turn bless others. 

We love to visit our friends in the villages.  There is a process that you must first let the chief know that you are coming, especially if you are bringing something.  The gifts must go to the chief and then he will distribute to the people in his village.  So, we go each Christmas to deliver a Christmas message, food, small gifts for the village (mostly for the children) and pray for them. 

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We also visited Baby Lorna (who is no longer a baby- below on the left) and her big sister in her grandfather’s village.

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WE are truely blessed and we give God all the thanksgiving and glory!!!!

2 Corinthians 9:8. 11 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

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!!!