Sharing in a commissioning service

November 22, 2018

Kent and I are privileged to know many young families preparing to serve the Lord overseas. We have opportunities once in awhile to impact some More than others. Brad and Sarah were a couple that we met about 5 years ago. They had one young son and wanted to serve in youth ministry in Europe. So Kent and I tried to answer their questions and encourage them along the way. They had a neighbor who also was with our mission who impacted them significantly. They had others also help them in the years since..but we kept in touch. Sarah got pregnant with twins which were born early and had to spend a long time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and once they were home, they had to return to the NICU again for a month. Well, finally both twins were home and started to thrive. They are now about 2 1/2 years of, and it seems like nothing will stop them!

Brad and Sarah were working in a church with a youth group and doing a very good job! They are so loved by these young people, it was wonderful to witness! We have watched Brad and Sarah mature and grow in Christ so much during this time. When they were raising their support, we decided we wanted to be apart of that team too.

In July, they came for the last of their training and we all were together for WorldVenture’s 75th Anniversary. It was so fun to see them and their boys doing so well. So when they called us in September asking Kent to speak at their commissioning service at their home church…we were thrilled! And said YES!

Soooo we flew to Portland, Oregon to be with them and for Kent to speak a challenge at their commissioning service! It was a day to be remembered! We went to their church in the morning and saw them and their family and extended family there. In the afternoon they had invited us to come and hang out with their extended family a bit and then he service in the evening! We felt privileged and honored to be there for this service and this moment in their lives. They are waiting on visas and some other things to come together and are able to spend some time with their parents and siblings over the holidays.

We pray that all the paperwork and money will all come together and they can be released to get their airline tickets soon. They do hope to leave for Spain in early January. So pray for Brad, Sarah and their three boys in all the transitions they are having and for God to mightily use them in the lives of youth in Spain!

This night was one of the highlights for us in the past few weeks and certainly a highlight to be a part of their commissioning service.

In Christ’s service and His Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Shock

November 19, 2018

Do you ever have a phone call that shocks you to your core? A few days ago, I got one of those kinds of calls!

Our dear friends, Steve and Shirley we had dinner with last Monday night. We had a wonderful visit and despite many health concerns over the years and even a serious eye problem for Steve, he looked good. They were planning for the future and very excited about a new adventure they were embarking on. We had a great visit!

Not even two days later, I got a call from mutual friends, explaining that Steve had a massive stroke in the night and wasn’t expected to live. He passed away a few days later!

I am still in shock and I can’t even possibly begin to understand the shock and unreality it must be for the family! I cried that first day every little bit. I just couldn’t get past the image of him looking so good on Monday night… several other mutual friends called us to make sure we knew about Steve and to pray for Shirley and the family!

Steve was a wonderful godly man! We have only known he and Shirley for about 4 years. Steve taught our Sunday School class at the church we attended in Phoenix. They were such a great couple to minister to many around them! Steve had a passion for teaching and he did a great job teaching on the book of Revelation. He loved his family and it showed in their respect for him as well. He was retired when we met him but he told many stores of his life and how he did his job to honor God as well. They started to support us financially a few years ago, which added another dimension to our friendship!

We know for sure that Steve is in heaven and with the God he loved and served. BUT we will miss him , as we know many will, especially Shirley and his family! Please pray for them as they face the holiday season without their dear father, husband and grandfather!

When things like this happen in life… I try to remember to love my family more, and not take for granted any day. I pray that you will treasure your family especially during this holiday season!

Hurting tonight,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Celebrating our grandson’s 4th Birthday

November 17, 2018

We got to help celebrate our youngest grandson’s 4th Birthday! We met up with the family in Arizona where they had come to see some of Nick’s family. We were so blessed to have and day and half with them. Nick had to work so Kara, Kent, Ivan and I had fun! We went to the science museum. It was was great fun and Ivan found a lot of things to show grandpa! Such as laying on a bed of nails, dancing metal flakes to music, kicking digital creatures etc.

It was fun having this time with them! We met up with Nick and had a delicious Ethiopian meal and a free tiramisu for Ivan’s birthday meal with us! What a wonderful blessed treat!

Arriving in Arizona

November 15, 2018

We arrived in Arizona one day before my birthday. We like to be close enough to a big city to enjoy the free things to do. Did you know that on your birthday you can have a free grand slam at Denny’s? All you have to do is show I’d that had your birthdate on it! We also went to Mimi’s Cafe for a buy one get one entree.. and Red Robin for a free burger if you sign up on their website! You should try it sometime? Look on the internet to know what you have to do to qualify!

Then we wanted to visit with several local pastors. Kent had lunch with one in Benson. We both traveled to encourage the pastors and their wives in Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona.

Douglas is on the border and even a border patrolman went to the church. It was and interesting conversation with him! These churches are doing well but all pastors can use some encouragement.

While driving to these towns we went through historic Tombstone! We stopped and walked the streets and saw the historic buildings etc. when silver was discovered nearby a town grew rapidly. It was once many thousand people here some sites say as many as 15,000. There was a lot of the “old west” feel in the town still. although a much calmer town than when the gunfight took place here between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton’s and others. Check this site out to know more about the town.

http://www.tombstoneaz.net/the-history-of-tombstone.html

We also saw the town of Bisbee.. it was also a mining town but instead of silver it was cooper. It was still being mined into the year of 2000, but has now been abandoned. The town is a bit of a eclectic artisan community now and it seemed to me to be struggling to keep alive. This link will give you a little history.

https://westernmininghistory.com/towns/arizona/bisbee/

Since we were going to visit and encourage pastors and their families,.. we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing, but we did stop to take some pictures of the mine and from the pictures you can certainly see the bright copper color in the soil.

Grateful,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling through Texas panhandle and New Mexico

November 14, 2018

As we drive along we see the changing landscapes. It is so nice to be up high in our big Semi-truck cab as we can see things that much better! These past few days we saw the farming land, with cotton, corn, soybeans and some wheat being the prominent crops. We also did pass a few herds of cattle.. after all we did go through the panhandle part of Texas too and they are known for the “longhorn type cattle” there.

We also passed a “wind farm” which consisted of hundreds of modern wind mills, most slowly turning. I am certain that we passed by maybe a thousand of them. we stopped at a rest stop that also had typical wind mill used to get cattle water in the field.

We also have seen solar farms… that of solar cells that are used for gathering solar power for cities.. as the solar cells were huge and many of them!

We started to see the desert vegetation as well. We have seen sage bushes, alive and dead for many miles and now We also saw some cactus plants and lots of Yucca and mesquite, Pablo verde, and creosote trees. These all show up in the desert landscape. We only see Saguaro cactus…that is the big ones with “arms” at certain altitudes and usually closer to Tucson and also in Phoenix. These are what most people consider the “typical” cactus. And they only grow in this part of the world! No where else! They are protected here in Arizona. Interesting!

This short video shows some of the scenery that we saw as we drive through New Mexico.

Enjoy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting another of Kent’s cousins

November 11, 2018

Cousin Connie and husband Steve have supported us for years as well. They are in the process of moving to New Mexico. So we stopped in to see them there. The first night we went to a nice East Indian restaurant and I really enjoyed that food! Again the conversation flowed and we didn’t lack for any silences! We haven’t seen them for about 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on.

Steve had to fly on Saturday so after we hosted a breakfast at our house, we all rode with Connie to take him to the airport. Then we stopped by to see the Petroglyphs Park. That was awesome and it gave us some exercise while we visited! We stayed another night and visited with Connie again all day. It was so nice to catch up a little on their lives too! Again grateful for supporters and also those who are family!

The second day we were hanging out with Connie we went to downtown Santa Fe again. We had a coffee and walked around and went to see if the beautiful Catholic Church was open so we could see the inside. Unfortunately we got there too late to see the inside, but we walked around to see the prayer garden around back. There was a couple there that asked us to take their picture, which we were glad to do..and afterwards we got talking. Wow, their adult son had just died of cancer and they were grieving but also celebrating his life. They showed us picture of him and his beautiful amazing art work. We also could celebrate with them and also grieve for their loss. We prayed with them and felt God was in our presence with all of us! You never know when you will meet someone who needs encouragement and God dropped us in this couple’s life at that moment. We came away blessed by them too! Awesome!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting Oklahoma City

November 2, 2018

After visiting our friends near Tulsa we wanted to stop in Oklahoma City. Anytime we have been close to Oklahoma City before I have wanted to see the memorial to those who were killed in the bombing of the Federal building in 1995. It was about two miles one way walk for us from the Bass Pro store where we parked for the night.

We had a great night for walking and it was good to get the exercise too. The memorial was beautiful and well done. The rows of chair type memorials to all those slain, apparently is lighted at night. There were 168 killed and about 680 injured. One third of the building was destroyed. Many buildings around it were also highly damaged. There is a partial wall available to see. Because we had walked, we didn’t have enough time to see the museum and walk back before dark, but I will try to do that the next time I get there.

It was neat to see how the city was calmly looking for healing in all of this very sad event. There were many pansies planted all over. Since I am a flower lover , I know that pansies are for remembrance, besides bringing joy in the colors. The fence that is decorated with all kinds of memorabilia from the survivors and others around the country had some very particularly moving objects on it. I couldn’t help but feel how I’d feel if my loved one had been torn from my life like that.. But again the sense of healing was here too! It amazed me and moved me.

Awe inspiring and gratitude for this great country that we have and the way Oklahomans have healed from this terrible national terrorist act. I loved seeing this!

We also got to see the memorial to the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889 to unassigned lands. These were lands that did not be,one to Indian tribes. It is amazing how the Oklahoma City started and grew from that day into a small town quite quickly, Amazing piece of our country’s westward settlement. We aren’t sure but have heard that there were some of Kent’s relatives may have been on this land rush. Anyway, the park that commemorates this was within a short walk of where we parked..so of course we stopped by there too. These more than life sized figures on horses se courageous men and women.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Staying in another town’s park

November 1, 2018

We drove on the next day and ended up staying in another small town’s park near the state line with New Mexico. Kent went to the only store nearby and bought us some ice. After we had dinner we walked around two miles around the town.

What a treat and surprise, when we looked out to see the couple we’d met in Elk City also came to this little town’s park and were parked nearby. How fun! When we awoke in the morning, there were several others in various RVs around both of us. Another free spot that we all appreciated. Our sunset this night was beautiful!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Staying at a city park

October 30, 2018

Kent is often looking for free places to park overnight and we do use these spots. In fact for those of you who RV.. you might look into the website called: OvernightRVparking.com. And if you are interested in that, contact Kent at kfrimr@yahoo.com, ok?

He uses this website to find some of the most interesting places to park! Last week it was a spectacular find! It was in a small city park in Elk City, Oklahoma, which not only permitted parking for free for five RVs but provided 50amp electric hookup and water for every other site, and they even had a RV dump site too! You could stay for up to four days free and then you need to move on.

What a find! The icing on the top of that, was that it was on a beautiful little lake. This lake attracts all kinds of birds.. we saw a flock of swans, some egrets, and pelicans and many smaller birds.

We stopped early this day as it was getting grey and overcast so we were here at noon. We were very lucky to get here early as there were tons of other RVers coming by looking for a place to stay, but they were all filled. We did meet another couple in the same type of RV we have, so Kent invited them over for coffee in the afternoon. We had a nice visit and Kent and Dale really hit it off. Since the next day we could still stay here, and it was rainy…we stayed. It was such a relaxing place to sit and read . And I got to do some cooking and baking too. It was indeed a real restful find!

Here is the two views from our back window.. very pretty!

Grateful for great places to rest and recuperate!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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Driving in Eastern Oklahoma

October 30, 2018

We are driving on some red roads and some highways now. Driving to see friends from over thirty years. We are so blessed to have so many of these wonderful friends.

We are seeing some beautiful scenery on this part of Oklahoma and enjoying the small towns we drive through as well. We are sometimes on Route 66 which traverses the country from Chicago to Los Angeles. It is a historic route and fun to stop once in awhile to see some of the old diners or stores from that era in our nations history.. I think it was 1926 when it opened

We are meeting our dear friends, Jim and Julie at their new home and in a new area of the country that we have not been to before.. They live near Tulsa, Oklahoma since they are retired and so closer to some of their children. They have been so helpful to us over the years and now supporters as well as dear friends. We are so blessed in these ways!

We were in the area of the country that has a lot of Native American peoples. This van with the Cherokee Nation info on the side was only one indication.

We were able to have 4 days with them. But we still didn’t get all caught up. I realized that there many things I still wanted to talk to them about after we left! Oh, well, I do hope it won’t be so many years until we have another visit! We parked our RV house at a campground not too far away. It was an interesting site too. Even had a cowboy church, but we went to our friend’s new church with them.

Our first day we got to go and see a museum of Jewish History. It was a good display and a video of one woman’s story! Wow! What she had to endure and how God worked to help her overcome and have a good life.

We had lots of Julie’s delicious food and lots of conversations!

The Rv Park had an interesting mural inside their office.. it shows In the collage above in the middle.

We had 4 great days and could have had more but we hope to see Jim and Julie again sometime soon, now that they are retired! God Bless you two, and thanks for the good visit!

Love,

Jan and Kent for the Roaming Reimers