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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

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

Visiting a cousin

October 29, 2018

Once in awhile in these trips we get to catch up with some of Kent’s cousins. Doug is one that I(Jan) had only met a few years ago. And neither of us had met his wife.. so we were thrilled to be able to see them one evening while we were traveling through their town in Missouri.

We are once again on the move..so keep watching for more travels!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More visits in Kansas City

October 21, 2018

Wow, we thought we’d be here only for one week but barely got to see everyone in two weeks. We did get a few extra visits with some special friends so that was good too!

We went to our former church. Kent was able to speak there the first Sunday and the second week our dear friend came with us. Pastor and Karen had all of us for meals both Sundays which was very sweet. It was wonderful to see some of these dear people again!

Our last day we went to see The Plaza which is a nice outdoor shopping center and we have often gone there for special occasions. So since my birthday and that of a dear friend’s is coming up.. we asked two couples to meet up with us to have dinner together our last night in town.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting in Kansas City, Missouri

October 10, 2018

For those of you who are new friends or followers, our family lived for 9 years in Kansas City, Missouri. Kent worked here for 8 years, but we had ministered with them for 26 years before we felt God moved us on to WorldVenture.

So to say we have a lot of contacts and connections and friends and even an “adopted” son and his family here, is to say we loved living here!

We arrived here and immediately found some old friends to chat with. We have not been here for 5 years so there is a lot to catch up on. Even with all the means of phoning and knowing and seeing pictures of friends and their families… it is not the same as having a face to face conversation. And that is what we did! We had a lot of them while we were here in KCMO.

We did see our adopted “son”, Pat and wife Loree and their youngest son Ethan first off. We had lunch at Chick-fila, which allowed Ethan aged 7 to use the play area, while the adults had conversation! It was so good to see them and talk to them again! We do hope to see their older two children who were in school at the time of our lunch together.

We also had the opportunity to have coffee break with former colleagues at Avant headquarters. Some of those who had impacted our lives for ministry and some that we had impacted all were there. It was a wonderful time of seeing old friends and catching up a little on their lives as well. It was a blessing!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Some other friends come to visit

September 23, 2018

We met Ruth and Mike in Arizona as we both owned the same make of Fifth wheel and pulled them with big white Volvo’s.. it was so exciting for us to meet someone in the same model of RV and living on the road too! We seemed to hit it off from the first day. We have kept in touch and visited them once on the Oregon Coast and once before at their house in North Carolina.

Since we were close by, we wanted to see them and so also invited them to come to the same RV Park. They were willing to do that. Ruth has been through a very traumatic and scary health situation this past year. After having both knees replaced ( at the same time) she had a heart attack and the subsequent heart vale replacement within a few days of the knees. She looked good for all she had had to go through. I was glad she felt well enough for the drive to where we were.

We visited and they had brought soup,  Ron muffins and peach pie for dinner so…very thoughtful! The next day we co tinted visiting and also went back into Asheville when Ruth thought she would enjoy the trolley ride around town. I think we might have pushed her a bit, but we did ride and got off a bit too.

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They did come back to our place for some more visiting. It was great to see them again! Ruth, hoping this year is a much better one than last year!

Grateful for friends!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

And some more visits with dear friends, we are blessed with a lot of them!

September 22, 2018

Sooo another great visit. These friends Logan & Eileen we had met in Bristol at our church, 42 years ago also. They had moved back home many years ago after several company moves. So now they lived near Atlanta, Georgia. They always loved to camp… so I suggested we might be able to camp together, they liked the idea sooo that is what we did!

We reminisced about our one camping episode with them years ago, that ended a bit short as we were tenting it and the neighbors at the campground were more than noisy! Hah,

I picked a place this time that was a drive for them but less for us, near Asheville, North Carolina. We had a great facility but Hurricane Florence decided to come near us. We were blessed that we weren’t in the heavy rains while together though.

Again it was a great visit, but felt TOO short as we had not seen them for 9 years. They took us to Asheville and we all did a city trolley tour. It was a jump on/jump off kind of thing. We had a fun time going from site to site. We got to go to the Grove Park Inn, which is a fabulous resort where many famous people have stayed. We had lunch there and really enjoyed that as well!

So another great visit and sorry to see it end. Hoping we can see these guys somewhere”along the road” in the next few years.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends and supporters in Tennessee

September 22, 2018

We lived for nearly 3 years in East Tennessee while Kent was getting missionary pilot training. It was an adjustment for Kent and I but we not only came to understand some of their customs but came to love the people and be loved by them. Our little church that we attended supported us as missionaries for many years. We made many long lasting friends that we treasure and still keep in touch with!

We always get to see and often stay with Larry and Yolanda. We have known them too more than 40 years. We always have a great time with them. We did get to go for a nice walk around a river. It is such a beautiful part of the country too!

And this year Kent had a bit of a maintenance issue on our RV house while we were there. Larry, his help and his tools were a huge help with that project too! Larry also arranged for a place for us to park during our stay…at a campground across from the Bristol Motor Speedway. The brother and sister who own and run this campground were so sweet and kind to us.

Kent did get to speak in our supporting church as well and we saw some of the people we’ve known for that long too! There were also a family that had left the area and then came back.. so we got to see them and their adult kids too. All of which we haven’t seen for a long time too!

I also got to visit with another missionary friend. Joan and her husband were the missionaries that welcomed us to the field in Brazil. Her husband passed away many years ago now. So I had lunch with her to catch up. She is the age that my sister would be (who went to heaven in 2000). And very like a sister to me too! It was a special time with a dear friend!

Grateful for great friends! And these long term friends!

Blessed,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More great visits with dear friends

September 21, 2018

This next visit was with friends that we met 42 years earlier. When Kent was training as a missionary pilot so were these men as well. Jan and Jim invited us and the other couple, Don and Claudelle to come and have a mini reunion at their home.

It was so fun to be all together and sharing what God had done in our lives. We had all visited each other some over the years but since we were from different parts of the country all three couples had not been together in one place for 42 years.

We did drive around to see the airport where the guys took their training and even Jim worked there for many years as well after some time in Brazil doing missionary flying. We drove to one of the local earthen dams and right by where we had lived for 2 1/2 years. Our little old house had been torn down and nice log house replaced it. It was fun to see the old neighborhood though. We also drove to see how the downtown had changed since we lived there. Not a lot had changed , although some different businesses in the stores than we had known. And everywhere we went we would stop and chat a bit as well.

Our time with the others came to a halt much sooner than I would have liked but we were scheduled to speak in our church there that had supported us for many years. So way too soon, Kent and I were leaving these dear friends again. Don and Claudelle stayed a bit longer and I was so glad they were free to do so.

God blessed us all with a wonderful fun time.. I only regretted not being able to set off fireworks as a bunch of the students had done at Don and Claudelle’s house many years earlier…

We are so grateful for these dear friends and maybe when we all get to heaven we will get to hear more of the stories of their lives as well.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Renewing acquaintances

September 20, 2018

42 years ago we met two couples who were also studying to be missionary pilots. We really loved these couples and have kept in touch over these intervening years BUT we hadn’t all been together since then..

So knowing that Kent and I would be in Tennessee where I thought they both lived near each other.. I contacted them to see if we could have a mini reunion. I had planned it in another city from where we had all lived, but when they got back with me..one of the couples had moved back to our original city where we had met and the guys had studied. Wow, and that couple even invited us all to come to their house to visit there. It was a little like when we all were there 42 years ago..without kids and just learning a lot of life and missions.

So that is what we all did. It was so fun to stay together and to hear the stories of the other couples and their lives since. We have maintained some contact but all of us hadn’t heard the way God had worked in each of the couples lives. It was interesting to hear and some of it was sad, as there were many hard thins the one couple had had to go through. It was so wonderful to hear of God’s healing and blessings on them since.

We also went to places around the town that we used to go to and just some places of interest and to the airport where the guys had studied.

I must say that I was sad to leave them all but we know we will see each other I heaven someday if not here on this earth. It was a wonderful time and thanks Jan and Jim for hosting us!

So grateful for these special friends!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers