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Celebrating our 40th year in missions ministry

October 20, 2018

Exactly 40 years ago today Kent and I began our journey of missions ministry. It was fitting that we were parked at Avant Headquarters around this time as we started out with them. They were called Gospel Missionary Union at that time and until about 15 years ago. We helped them move into their new headquarters which was new 40 years ago and even did somersaults in the president’s office before we moved him in that is! Hah!

We ended up serving in South East Alaska for almost four years and in the Amazon region of Brazil for four years too. Then we ministered from Pennsylvania for 6 years and 9 years in Kansas City, Missouri. Then 14 years ago we joined WorldVenture and 11 years ago we decided to live on the road in our RV house and do missions ministry from there. We work with churches to help them do missions even better than they are doing.

Please get a cup of coffee or tea and watch this video of our life the past 40 years. Enjoy.

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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

Traveling on

October 7, 2018

So we left the campground in Ohio and traveled on.. we decided to stay on a red road..which means going through small towns and not the highways. We love to see these small towns and the farms that often accompany these towns. So you will see from my pictures that we enjoyed lots of beautiful scenery!

You can enjoy the pretty scenery through southern Indiana. A very pretty state!

It was a relaxing day and you might be able to see that we stayed at a Walmart that night. We were very grateful for the day!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We had a fun time visiting!

September 29, 2018

After our momentous arrival, we have had a blast with Kent’s brother Ron and wife, Jan. We have done so many things with them.

So we enjoyed the sights around Lexington, Kentucky as well as the fun things we did together! We ended up staying longer than we had anticipated because of rainy weather and wanting to see our son and family one more time before heading west.

Lexington is a Horse town! I have loved horses since I was a little girl and my family had a few of them!  The 450 horse farms around town are beautiful and scenic on the rolling bluegrass hills. The area is just so pretty and makes me feel so refreshed as we drove around with Ron and Jan.

 

 

We also got to see the Thoroughbred Park downtown which has life sized horses running a race. Apparently the town used to allow a race through downtown, so I think this commemorates that. Anyway, just looking at these lifesized figures makes you want to be on one of these animals in the race! I could almost “feel” the horse under me as I looked at these figures.

 

 

We also happened to be there when Keeneland racetrack was having their September sales of horses. We got to go there for that as well as seeing the horses train on the track as well. This was not the time that they were racing just now.

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After seeing Keeneland one day it was a pretty day so Ron took us to a lake, with his jet ski. We all got rides before it started raining. It was exhilarating! Can you see how hard it rained on the guys for the back window of the truck.? You can hardly see them as they were tying the tarp down.

 

 

They also took us to a play one evening. That was a fun date night!

We did get to see their two daughters..but missed their son and all the 4 grandsons. But we were grateful that their daughter Julie who lives further away had a reason to come to town. Yeah! Great to see all of you!img_9790img_9753

We also stopped in a fifty’s style diner.. Burgers, fish, fries and shakes. We each had something delicious and in the end had no room for the shakes or floats. Ohh so sorry!

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It had all kinds of signs around that reminded us of our youth and the cars that were used then. And the one about Indian motorcycles reminded us of Kent’s parents now in their 90’s, when they were dating.. Fun!

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We mostly hung out together and talked, visited and just enjoyed each other. The guys did a lot of talking about finances and also all the jobs they’ve had over the years. Who knows when we would be able to do this kind of visit again? It was a real treat!

Thanks again Ron and Jan. It was such a fun time!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Driving to Lexington, Kentucky

September 27, 2018

We left East Tennessee after several days and we were driving to Lexington, Kentucky. We were here for a few days visit with Kent’s brother Ron his wife, Jan and the family. We have visited them many times over the years and always have a great visit.

This time we were bringing our RV house and Ron had found a small campground close to their house. That was great as we had stayed over a 30 minute drive away at the Lexington Horse Park one time, 9 years ago. While the Horse Park is a beautiful place to stay, it is a long way from where they live.

This small @ 19 sites campground actually is only rented out certain times of the year. We happened to be coming when it was available! Yeah! So Ron made arrangements and we arrived.

When we looked over the sites…they were all on grass and it had rained. So the ground was very soft! We were a bit reluctant to get on it, but Kent planned that he could back in. He tried to and was having some trouble and tried two times… the second time he got stuck! The truck started to slide down the side of the road!

Sooo, Kent called his brother, Ron and asked for his help. He brought some board, shovels and his truck! So they were doing things and another Rver came by and offered to help pull us out too. So both of them hooked up to our truck which was still hooked to our RV house. Here is the video of them helping us:

I do not know why this video is upside down here,BUT if you hit play it is right side up… please play it for your enjoyment! I have tried to fix it but can’t😚!

Thankfully we got out as you can see from the video! And eventually Ron and Kent got us parked! We were so grateful for the help! So we are here for a visit! And glad to be parked for now!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving North Carolina in front of Hurricane Florence

September 24, 2018

We left North Carolina about the time Hurricane Florence was hitting the coast. We went over the mountains and ended up near the Smoky Mountain National Park. We had Sunday there so we went to a very friendly and sweet old time church. We enjoyed being there and hearing the gospel preached!

We then took a day to drive around the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful scenery and a peaceful day! We saw a lot of old houses and of course lots of mountains. It was a bit hazy but still beautiful!

One of the things I liked about Smoky Mountains National Park was it was entirely FREE! Apparently the folks that donated some of the land..which I understand was there ancestral land…wanted anyone at any income level to be able to come to the park anytime! I loved that and what a heritage they left! I felt very relaxed and lifted up in my soul after this day! Thank you Kent for taking the day off to do this!

On our way to the National Park, we drove right through Chestnut Hill, Tennessee where we saw the Food processing plant for Bush Beans and the visitors center. So we decided to stop for the video and to see the visitors center. It was so nice. I liked the attitude of the Bush Family staying in their home area and helping and employing the local people. How nice!

Check out the video of the park too!

 

It was a nice quiet stay!

gratefully,

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