Welcome to Kasempa.com.
This website is mostly about the old days of Kasempa and Mukinge from the 1970s.
I lived in Mukinge, but Kasempa was my town... that you could find on a world map!
If you don't know much about Kasempa, here is some basic wikipedia info: Kasempa
Many years ago, I worked on building and upgrading the Mukinge Hospital with a large team of work men in the 1970s and a bit into the 1980s. Since then I have lived in the USA, and I am currently in my 80s. There was a significant investment from Christians all around the world who wanted to share the Good News about God to the people around the Kasempa district. My part in the 1970s was practical... I was a builder. I worked on building and maintaining the hospital and the Mukinge Girls Secondary School. Now, many years later, I am interesting in what is happening in Zambia and I am posting some pictures that capture snapshots of memories of those days from 1967 to 1977. I want to share some important thoughts and connections to ongoing ministries. I also want to see if there is any interest in others in reporting what is currently happening in the Kasempa area related to what God is doing through the lives of those living there. I want to also mention a very special pioneer in the Kasempa area who we were friends with in the 1970s who first arrived in the Kasempa area in the 1920s and first had a significant contribution to the bringing of various kinds of caring assistance to people in the Kasempa area. I am thinking of C.S. Foster. I and my son Richard, who is editing this website, mostly knew him by visiting his home and talking about the simpler aspects of life with agricultural and horticultural interests. But C.S. Foster was also significant in contributing much to the translation work of the first Bible in the Kaonde language. I spent time sharing thoughts with Mr. Foster about trees and plants because I had an interest in raising animals, growing trees and gardening... which was a common interest. When I planted lemon trees, I planted 50... enough for others... not just for our family. Later when I left, the lemon trees were used by others. There is so much opportunity in agriculture... and C.S. Foster was actively interested in maintaining nice grounds at his home into his later years.Before we go on... to be clear about our beliefs...and those of C.S. Foster... We belive in Jesus Christ, God's son, who is revealed in the Bible. Anyway, this site is open to some current happenings in Kasempa, but we are also trying to keep memories alive... We are trying to preserve some history of some pioneering moments in the history of Mukinge and its influence in the larger more signifant town of Kasempa, Zambia. We will mention some priciples that are important to us, but the main thing for now is the following pictures that capture memories that are meaningful to us. If you have any thoughts about this website or would like to contribute some ideas, please send your thoughts to the editor, Richard Faber (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks, Joe Faber
Caring for the needs of the people
We are grateful to C.S. Foster and many other doctors and nurses who have been involved in the legacy of Mukinge Hospital and other health stations in the Kasempa area. We like to think that we are respecting God by caring for the needs of the people. We know that it is a very imperfect thing to run a hospital... and we know that the Mukinge Hospital has changed as years have gone by. But the original thought of starting the mission hospital was clearly to show concern and care by sharing some knowlege of modern medicine with an area that did not have a good opportunity for medical care.
For myself, the hospital was significant as being the place where two of my children were born, John and Raymond. My oldest son, Richard, who is the editor of this website, was about 6 months old when we arrived at Mukinge in 1967.
Good leadership will not be influenced by money
I was given a special priviledge years ago of building the coffin for a Chief who died in the 1970s. Those who know, will know about this. I only mention that, because I want to connect with something that the current Chief Kasempa has said that we think is interesting.
These are the words of the current Cheif Kasempa that we agree with and appreciate.
We believe there is something very special about the people of Kasempa area who love peace and are content to live simpler than much of the world. We are in favor of modern technology and progress, but we also appreciate restraint and patience so people can live simply, without fear of oppression and intimidation.
As of 2019, here are some wise quote from Chief Kasempa...
I do not belong to any party but inside my heart, I have a belonging which is a secret. That day will come and I will decide. What will make me decide is what I'm keeping in my heart. I won't tell people who to vote for but they will look and decide according to what they are going through
I will give you an example of a family of 10 children who share relish. A parent should be very careful not to give more to others to avoid favouritism, but this is what is happening in our country now.”
"If this is the way this country will be governed, it's not good. 2021, my chiefdom would not want to hear of blood and fighting. In my chiefdom, I don't want to hear of fights like what I heard happened today (Friday). I could have spoken a lot, but I am saddened with the events. Yes, we will have elections, but all those that want to win should go round and tell the people, selle their manifestos and not fighting or attacking others."
"I will get offended by those who will come and give me huge (sums of) money because I can't be bought. I speak and stand with my people. Now let us respect the Constitution. The Constitution only allows for two terms, so anyone who wants a third term will not succeed. Zambians should learn to live and love each other but these politicians should not divide us".
Education is important, but keep it affordable
We also believe in good education. Mukinge has been effective in introducing modern education in the Kasempa area for many years. Education can help provide opportunities for people. But we must keep the education affordable for all who want to learn. Education should not be a priviledge based on who has money. Education does cost money, but we should try to make it affordable by various methods.
Mukinge Secondary school
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