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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

Christmas Party for Children

Luke 2:10-14 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  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 highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Many of the children that have extended family return to them for the long school holidays which includes, over Christmas.  So, we have Christmas on December 25 for those that are here.  Then we have an additional celebration with gifts from wonderful people from the USA when the ones on holiday return.  This is always a blessed time of reunion of the older ones and celebration of the birth of Christ, great food, gifts and conversation.  We were thankful to have Deborah and Ray Mastnjak here for the holiday from the Board of Zion USA!!!!

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Luke 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 

MERRY CHRISTmas!!!

Merry Christmas from Children of Zion in Namibia

Matthew 1:23-25 Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and He shall be called ‘Emmanuel’ meaning God is with us.  When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded, and brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him Jesus.” 
This is our seventh Christmas Day in Africa.  We will always miss the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with our family but we are so blessed to continue to celebrate His birth in Namibia.  We have had a tradition that we cook for Christmas for the staff and children and families that are nearby.
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Usually we have cooked a somewhat traditional American dinner (minus the turkey that we can only get by spending too much money).
This year we did a traditional braai outside by the river.  We had game meat, fresh corn from the Zion garden and vegetable pasta salad!  Delicious!  Different from what we have in the USA but delicious here!  We cooked outside on the fire and put the traditional mats on the ground by the beautiful river. 
Travis started with a message from the Bible about the birth of Jesus and how He came to save the world, including us. 
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God Bless you and Merry Christmas!!!!! 

Christmas Delivery

John 1:1-5 In the beginning the Word already existed.  He was with God, and he was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn't make.  Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone.  The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Each year, close to Christmas, we deliver food to villages to help them remember the meaning of Christmas.  We tell the Christmas story, sing a couple songs and pray with whoever is there. 
When we have children remaining in our village, which we always do, we take them with us to also tell them that is better to give than to receive.  We try to get them to participate in the celebration but sometimes they are a bit shy when they are really little.  
 We know they are learning and praise God to supply us what we need and provide for us so that we can give to others!!!!

Come, they told me, pa rumpapapum.
A new born king to see, pa rumpapapum.
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rumpapapum.
To lay before our King, pa rumpapapum, rumpapapum, rumpapapum.

O come let us adore HIM!!!!!!           Christ the LORD!!!!
 

Last Day of Zion Mission School for 2016

All children (about 115) reported for the end of school reports.  They were in uniform and looking smart. 

Every name was called and the teacher helped with awarding and congratulating the child on their report with a small toy prize. 

It was another day of accomplishment and congratulation. 

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Even Makazo, the dog wanted a reward!!!! 

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

End of Zion School Day Awards

A day after we returned from America was end of Zion Mission School awards.  Because of your wonderful donations, we were able to pull together awards for all of the top learners at Zion Mission School!!!  It was a wonderful celebration or accomplishment for learners, parents, speeches, song and dance!  Zion is truly blessed by God and we give Him the Glory!!!
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Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You, Show me the way I should go , for to you I left up my soul.