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Enjoying the fall colors and friends

November 16, 2019

We started our trip south with a mission conference in Seattle. Seattle Missions Fest is always a highlight for us and usually is the first place we stop on our way south. This year it was held at Crossroads Community Church. Many missions are invited to have booths and share what they are doing around the world. There are seminars and main speakers too. In our off time, we were able to chat with many friends. Some dear friends were there with their adult daughters that we have known for years. That was so good to see them again! While in Seattle we also got to attend our former church. It was great to reconnect there as well.

Then we drove to Portland for several days. Kent was able to spend a day at Multnomah University talking to students about serving the Lord overseas. I had a special day to hang out with another dear friend, Rachel. It was near our birthdays which are one day apart and we just had a wonderful time!


But each day we had great trips. We drove over the mountains in Oregon. Then our temps dropped to even 14 overnight. But we were fine and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way. We drove through a corner of California, far from any of the fires!

We then took each day to go a bit further south and east to reach Phoenix before my birthday. I enjoy the traveling but wanted to be settled before my birthday, it was a big one…65, and I was having some difficulty in getting used to the idea of being 65. We did make it in time day was celebrated and I am getting used to the idea!

Thanks for anyone who prayed for us as we traveled! We do not take your prayers nor God’s protection for granted, but appreciate it greatly! We are going to be in Phoenix for 2 months and then we are not sure where. Stay tuned for the next adventure!

A video of some of the sights we saw as we traveled. We started out in rain but as we went along we enjoyed the colors and then mountains and even the early morning fog!

God bless,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ketchikan, Alaska

October 17, 2019

After those wonderful days in Thorne Bay, Alaska we hopped on another float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week. We were here to visit the church we helped to establish 35 years ago. We have been back to visit but not for over 20 years. I wanted to visit those who remembered us and our old neighbor too. We were hosted by a couple that Kent had trained when they were starting with the mission and we also caught up with another couple that he had trained at the mission headquarters more than 20 years ago!

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Ketchikan and all of South East Alaska is a very transient society. So only one couple still knew us from the 80’s. They arranged for us to have a car and meals with different people in the church. They also hosted us and we got to catch up with them about others that were mutual friends. After several hours that we so enjoyed, we left them and drove around a bit to see what was different in the town.

Ketchikan is still a relatively small town but has tourism as its main industry now. When we lived here is was fishing, logging, pulp mill and salmon cannery plus some tourism. Now they have sometimes 6 huge cruise ships in in any one day. It makes a smallish town overcrowded during the hours they ships are in town. But it is a industry that is keeping the town going at present. Again God gave us some beautiful days and we met some wonderful new friends.

The church built a new building since when we left the in 1983, and we have seen it before but it was special to be back there. Calvary Bible Church is doing well and we had met the pastor and his wife before so it was good to see them again.

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We also had a nice gift from our hostess. She worked at a logging exhibition show for the tourists.. she got us free tickets to go to one. That was a fun treat and afterwards we stopped to get a halibut fish and chips lunch!

Kent and I also got to visit some people from the church as well with our friend. We used to do a lot of visiting when we pastored the church so it felt like old times!  We also met with all the people that came through our hosts house which were many. They’ve  reach out to loads of different people in the church and community. He works as a coach and teacher at the local high school and she used to teach too. He also works on the dock for security for the cruise ships part time. And they used to run the mission’s camp outside of Juneau. So they have lots of contacts in the town.

We also got to see our dear friend and neighbor, Jean. She and her husband were such good friends and we have kept in touch with our newsletters and visited when in town. I knew Jean was a widow now and I was so glad to see her and we even had an hour or so to visit. She is doing well for her age.

 

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Another very special trip, Thorne Bay, Alaska

October 16, 2019

In thinking of our 40th year in missions that we celebrated last year, we also wanted to get back to South East Alaska where we ministered and lived in the early 80’s. It had been about 20 years since we had been there so it took a bit of planning. We did finally have our plans made and reservations done and tickets purchased. We flew once again through Seattle and so were graciously hosted by Kent’s first cousin Denny and wife Jeri, whom we dearly love!

So flying from Seattle to Ketchikan and then hopping on a float plane, (similar to what Kent used to fly). We flew to Thorne Bay. It was a logging camp that then turned to a town. It was about 500 in the camp days with families living there and stores etc to care for their needs. We found the town some changed from our last visit. Still population is about 500 but only a little private logging going on. Some fishing and mostly tourism is the main industry now. Tourists one for an Alaskan experience of fishing and some hunting and some even hiking etc.

We got to stay with friends that we have known since we lived in Ketchikan. They now run a bed and breakfast so we had wonderful accommodations and great foo while in Thorne Bay! It was fun to hear about their lives nd even meet some of their family that lives in Thorne Bay too! They even leant us their truck so we could explore a bit.

We were so excited to see the church and meet the many new people there. The pastor allowed Kent to speak and he was well received. Pastor Ron and wife Mary were so wonderful and even hosted a bunch of us for a picnic and then a walk around a lake on Sunday. God gave us such wonderful weather and we loved that walk! here is a picture of the lake!

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And a picture of some of the group on the boardwalk that was our walkway part of the walk.

We really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We were so encouraged by our time with the people of the Church of Thorne Bay.

After 5 days we got back on a float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week there! We had even better weather flying back. This planes brings the mail and many other packages several times a day to Thorne Bay as well as passengers!

 

Here is a video of the beautiful Prince of Wales Island and especially around Thorne Bay. Just click on this link. Enjoy!

Hey, what are you doing now?

July 9, 2019

Lots of people have been wondering where and what we are doing since Kent’s dad’s celebration of life. … well, we have been living in our RV house on their property and helping mom. Kent still does his work for WorldVenture from our RV and when he had spare time, he worked on a roof of one of the barns with a friend that was paid to organize and do most of the work.

If you look closely, you can see that the roof had totally rotted out in a large area there. So they had to do a lot of patching as well as replace the entire roof.

I helped to clear out brush from the other side of the roof up to about 10 feet high. It was a massive undertaking as well, but our friend and I did this so he could work in the the roof easier. I also helped my sister-in-law, LeAnn plant dad’s two gardens and we have been weeding, watering and now enjoying some of the produce. It seemed a good year to do this!

I have been trimming bushes, trees and generally cleaning up around the farm. Then when it was allowed, to burn all that brush I did that too.

We have also been helping to care for mom. We knew that Kent’s sister needed a break so we did most of the care, although mom doesn’t need a lot! So 2-3 visits a day to help her or to chat and to take her a treat of food that she likes. One day, we washed and packed up all of her mother’s dishes. Her mom passed away in 1985, so most of these dishes had not been seen since. We found one small cup that her mother had been given when she graduated from high school. So sweet!

Mom is in the process of moving to an assisted living apartment. It is hard to move away from your home of 60 years but now that she is a widow, she realized that she should.

We do have some other friends in the area. We also tried to help and encourage our dear friend Ed. His wife, Goldie is in memory care facility. Ed, is like a second father and a grandfather to our children and great grandpa to our grandchildren. We love he and Goldie so much so we were glad to be able to spend time with him and Kent even helped him sell some specially tools online.

What we will do and where we will end up… only God knows right now, we are trying to stay open to God’s leading in that! If you think of us, Pray for God to show us what else we should do,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Mission conference

March 13, 2019

We moved our RV house to Phoenix a few weeks ago for a missions conference at our church. It was a wonderful and encouraging time to be with the other missionaries and the church friends too. We also got to see our dear friend, Shirley several times who is the widow of our former Sunday School leader/teacher. We were able to have dinner with our dear friends while there as well. We were kept very busy with many visits and also some counseling. We were so busy I took no pictures..

We then moved back to Yuma for the last few weeks. We went to a dentist in Mexico to get a new night guard made for me, as I wear it every night. We could get it made in one day, so stayed in the town and got a hair cut and had lunch and then picked it up. There was a very long wait to cross back int the United States, but I am glad that our borders are safe and do no mind the wait!

We have been going to one of our churches that support our WorldVenture missionaries, called Grace Bible Fellowship. It is a very different church as far as the mixture of peoples that attend. There are American Indians, blacks, poor whites, homeless, migrant workers, bikers, some Asians and even some like us Winter visitors. All these very different peoples but they get along and God has been doing some very exciting things here, last year 18 people came to know Jesus as their savior! And then Got baptized. We are so excited to see how God is using this church in the community and will use them. They have done outreaches to the street people just outside of the church, also to the migrant workers and homeless too. We have been privileged to stop at this church each winter as we move to Phoenix. It has been wonderful to see how God is working there. Kent spoke at the church one week as well.

We spent another two weeks parked in Yuma. Yuma is a very interesting town. It is more or less the salad capital of the US especially for the winter months. The grow, all kinds of lettuces, spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and more! We often see the workers around town and Grace Bible reaches out to them in several ways.

Jan for the much Roaming Reimers

Tucson, Arizona

January 23, 2019

We got to park behind a church in Tucson, for about five weeks in December. We were able to help a church here, but it was a bit limited as the Christmas season was here too! We do have a retired WorldVenture missionary at this church, so that helped us make connections really fast too. We went to prayer meetings, met the interim pastor, met with mission committee members, missionaries and made some new friends. It was a blessing to be here these weeks.

We have been able to park on the church’s property and have full hook ups, which is a real blessing. We then relocated to another town in Arizona where we plan to help and encourage the body of Christ as well! Kent is continuing to work with candidates too.

HEALTH UPDATE

For some months now I(Jan) have not felt well, I was absolutely exhausted even as we traveled many days this summer. Once we got back to Arizona, I went back to my dr and he told me my thyroid was only functioning at half and my endocrine system as well. He put me on medicine for the thyroid and supplements for the other. I still had so little energy!

I thought I was starting to get better, but one afternoon about a week after our trip to the Northwest.. I started having chest pains.. and it got so bad that we went to the Emergency room for the first time! As soon as they attached the leads to my heart for the EKG and I could hear the heart rate, I knew I wasn’t having a heart attack at that moment, but perhaps I had before. They did blood tests and a chest X-ray in case the pain was pneumonia, but none of that showed anything. It didn’t seem to be a panic attack which also can feel that way. So they gave me some mylanta and we went home.

Since I had a cardiologist appointment 2 days later, we decided to wait until then. The cardiologist saw me and sent me for some tests all that came back good. He suggested along with my regular dr that it had been a gall bladder attack! Soo we were grateful for the heart checks and glad it wasn’t that.

And then I had to have another blood test checking for cancer cells.. which I have done since my cancer surgery 20 months ago. These tests have been good all along but we want to keep a watch and this time they were a bit higher but still in the safe guidelines. Please pray that God will give me back my strength and health!

After all of this, I am ready to meet spring with a renewed spirit and hopefully renewed health too. We are so grateful for your prayers for us and for safety in travel and for continued strength for the ministry God has before us!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

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

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