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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

A very special conference

July 10, 2018

This past week Kent and I flew to Denver. Then spent a few days with Kara and family.

We then boarded a bus with many of our WorldVenture missionaries for a ride into the Rocky Mountains. It was a blast mingling and getting to know some of our young and also retired missionaries. There was one couple that had served in a remote part of the world, now retired. We’d only ever heard of them but had not had the opportunity to meet them. It was a pleasure!

We all had gathered for the 75th anniversary of our mission. The program consisted of lots of stories showing the history of our mission, much of which we didn’t know  and how many of our people had to overcome obstacles and where they ended up. At one point, we were asked to stand if you had served on two different and diverse fields… there were many of us!

It was a fun time gathering around the tables for conversation and hearing and sharing of how God has lead us in ministry. It was exciting to hear about new ways of doing ministry! Also hearing of the many who have come to Christ and many churches and schools established. God is still building His church!

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Beautiful venue, blessed conference and wonderful fellowship! Happy 75 years old WorldVenture!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing good friends and supporters

June 18, 2018

This past weekend we went to a town in central Pennsylvania where there is a small church that has supported us for our entire 40 years of ministry. This church is so encouraging to Kent and I and we always come away refreshed!

40 years ago we stayed with a couple that had 2 of their boys about 6 and 8 years old as well as a daughter and older son. These two little boys grew up and are still in this church.. one of them Peter has a son that is 6 now.. and he remarked that his son is the age that he was when he first met us. Wow! That gave all of us perspective on how long this relationship has been. We now stay with this son that is grown up and has several children of his own. We love Peter and Melanie and all of their children.. their older son just graduated and daughter is not far behind. We had a great relaxing time with them. We also saw Ron and Joyce, as Ron traveled with Kent on a missions trip. Ron and Joyce have supported us for many years as well. It was fun seeing their house and garden and his paintings! And Peter’s parents also traveled to Mali, W. Africa on a work team with our whole family. Great memories!

We also stopped in another town about an hour away that another supporter lives in. Thelma has supported us faithfully for many years as well.

And before we left on this trip my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side have been meeting together for lunch every month and so we caught up with them at the restaurant. Some couldn’t make it but we enjoyed those that could.

God is giving us many good visits and we are so grateful for all of these wonderful, supportive people!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the beautiful countryside

May 15, 2018

Kent and I have been able to drive a lot of “red” roads recently. We do have to sure the overpasses and bridges can handle our height and a bit heavy rig and truck but we sooo enjoy the countryside.

We have been driivng through Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa recently.  It really is so encouraging to us, as we are two farmer kids, to see the fields plowed and planted with crops. We mostly have seen corn, beans, alfalfa and a little wheat and lots of grazing cattle and some sheep. The little green sprouts coming up with their bright “spring” green color are so fun to see!

We traveled to a small town in southern Iowa so also drove through lots of Iowa farming area too! The couple, Dave and Nancy that we went to see had supported us a long time ago and then had to stop because they kindly supported his sister and family in ministry. We certainly understood that and still wanted to find them and stop by to say Hi and thank them for supporting us back in the beginning of our ministry, when it particularly encouraged us to keep going. We had not seen them for about 34 years.

This is what they looked like when we last saw them…

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Dave and Nancy have a small acreage in a small town. It was such a pleasure to get re-acquainted and to hear about their children and grandchildren! And their dreams for their farm. We enjoyed their chickens, and their little puppy as well as their farm. Nancy allowed us to do some laundry as well. I really appreciated that too!

Kent was able to speak in their small church even being Mothers day! It was such a treat to meet the people and to share stories of Gods using missionaries around the world. We felt the people really enjoyed them too!

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Afterwards Nancy and Dave invited the pastor and his wife to have dinner with all of us. That was another blessing to get to know them a little too. We had a delicious meal prepared by Nancy, complete with a delicious Homemade Lemon Merangue Pie that we’d haven’t had for a long time.

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Before long it was time to go down the road. So it was hard to say goodbye, but Nancy had a fun way, with fresh eggs from their chickens, some beautiful “Lily’s of the Valley” bouquet to perfume my RV house as well as a thank you card… I felt like I should be giving her the thank you card! They certainly sent us off with a wonderful refreshed feeling! Thanks for your gracious hospitality, Dave and Nancy!

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Love and Gratitude especially to Dave and Nancy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Saying Goodbye and our first stop

May 1, 2018

After Kara, Nick and Ivan left, we had about a week to wrap up things and get ready to travel! We had lots of goodbyes and several meals with our friends. We even had a cake at our Sunday School class. How sweet!

We will miss our dear friends from Phoenix as well!

Our first stop was Kent’s aunt and uncle in Camp Verde, Arizona. We were able to park our RV there and then Kent spoke at Bethel Church in Prescott Valley, AZ. It was encouraging to see how this church is reaching out to those around them.

We did get to have some fun time with Kent’s aunt and uncle too!

Come back for the next stop on this incredible and exciting journey!

Jan,

For the Roaming Reimers

Mission ConneXion

January 28, 2018

9D16A3BE-7119-488B-928E-F435D9E753BBWe went with our friend Ed to visit his wife and our very special friend, Goldie in the rest home. After that visit we stopped by to say goodbye to Kent’s parents.

Next we drove to our dear friends house, Bruce and Melody. They had allowed us to park on their beautiful land last summer! So we were excited to see them again! We had a nice dinner that Melody made and were able to catch up some. They also were coming to Mission Connexion in Portland area. They have a great hospitality ministry to those in pastoral and missions work. So it was good to have them be able to talk to others about that as well as hear great speakers and work shops.

Kent and I left Bruce and Melody’s on Thursday am and drove to have lunch with some other dear friends. The wife had had an auto accident that has caused her lots of recoup time. It was great to catch up with them on our way to our hotel.

Our mission conference started on Friday and we wanted to be rested before so we had a quiet evening. I was particularly grateful as I had started that morning in abdominal pain and wasn’t sure what to do. Pain medicine seemed to help and resting that evening did too!

Missions Connexion is really a city wide missions conference. Many churches sponsor it and there is no charge for admission so anyone can come to hear good speakers, and attend workshops and talk to missionaries and mission representatives. So we were here to represent our mission WorldVenture, talking to people about serving God in an overseas context.  Since Kent and I have done this for many years so we know lots of the representatives too. It is always a busy but good two days.

We had a lot of help this year. Brad and Sarah are going to serve in Spain with WorldVenture. They were there, it was great to see them as God has had a hard road for them this past year with cancer and then twin sons born early…it is nice to see them so positive and holding onto God through all of this! We also had a couple from Taiwan on home assignment. And our coworker Ginny as well as young lady from our headquarters, Hannah. Also another coworker who has worked with us for several years here. It was great having everyone and all contributed well. I even had time to speak with a dear friend in another ministry who just lost her step mom that day a woman that Kent and I also knew and loved!

Two exhausting days but with many good conversations. Several couples that I talked with would be good candidates for us. So now we pray and keep in contact and see how God directs their paths. Sometimes these relationships take years in developing and sometimes things happen quickly. But God is the one we look to for the work in someone’s heart and to move them out into “His Harvest Field.”

On Friday night the main speaker was Francis Chan who has written many books but one of his famous ones is “Crazy Love.” He was so used by God in my heart that night…and I am sure in many others!

We are praying for God to send out more laborers because of this Mission Connexion conference. Sunday early we flew back to our home in Phoenix. And we were glad to be back in our own bed and home, but grateful for being used by God in this conference.

May God Bless You!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Speaking at a marriage retreat

November 14, 2017

About a year ago, Kent and I were at a retreat center near Yosemite with our mobilization team. While there we met the program director and a few months later she approached us about speaking for a marriage retreat at the conference center.

We were in the process of taking this assisgnment when I was diagnosed with cancer, so we asked to put off saying yes or no until after my surgery and prognosis. And since that turned out good, we decided to say Yes.

So for months we have been reading books, talking about what is important and how to incorporate our missions life and ministry in a marriage retreat.. so two weeks ago we did this marriage retreat at Silver Spur Christian Camp and Retreat Center. Wow, I was blown away by the fact that 50 couples came. They were wonderful and Kent and I felt God used us during the weekend. It was many hours of  preparations for Kent and I. It actually helped us to sort out things in our own marriage. That and the retreat were a big blessing for us too!

There was all kinds of fun things to do as well as the meetings. There were other couples that shared their lives as well. God used all of us!

jan for the Roaming Reimers