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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!

Helping Kent’s mom around the farm and sorting

September 13, 2019

After our trip with our oldest grandson Silas to New York, we came back to Kent’s Mom’s house in Washington state, where our RV house is parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron and wife, Jan had driven their truck and camper to the farm. They had helped his sister LeAnn with Mom’s move to an assisted living place.

After Mom’s move, Ron was wanting to sort through papers and pictures to find proofs of Mom’s employment with the War Intelligence department during World War II. Well, it was quite an adventure and each day we found “treasures. ” we did find the poofs, which we needed. We also found many other precious things, such as love letters between her and dad and many pictures that we had not seen before!

Some of the old pictures and also a drawing of dad, done by mom!

We are enjoying this ” treasure hunt!”

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A very special trip

July 30, 2019

Back in the winter we started thinking about a trip we wanted to make. We wanted to take our oldest grandson Silas, to a Bible camp. We knew of one in New York State that Kent and I had met at. We talked with Josh and Teresa about dates and booked this camp for him in July.

So a few weeks ago, we first flew to Michigan and spent the night with the whole family. Then we drove with Silas first to Niagara Falls and spent the night there. We actually drove most of the day in Canada as it seemed a more scenic drive. We visited the Falls and stayed overnight in a hotel nearby then continued on our way.

Our second day of travel took us through the finger lakes region of New York and on into the northern area called the Adirondack region. We actually were three hours without cell signal so you can see it was a bit remote. We came to the town of Schroon Lake. This was another fun drive with Silas!

We didn’t have to drop Silas off for camp until 2 in the afternoon. So we went to a local church. We were hopeful of connecting with some old friends in the area. And we were able to! We had lunch with Silas and then went to drop him off, only to discover that we could also go with him to see the island as well. Sooo we did. After Silas went with his counselor, we got a tour of the island to see all the changes since we were there.

Kent and I met at the Word of Life Camp on their island 47 years ago., near the basketball court. After that I attended their one year Bible Institute as well. So we had lots of good memories here.

We went back and found our place for the week. We loved staying at Baker Street House, a wonderful bed and breakfast place and would highly recommend it to anyone. Debbie, our hostess was great and sooo hospitable. We often had breakfast on her large gracious porch enjoying the view of beautiful trees nearby.

Each day we went to The Word of Life Inn for Bible lessons. This week happened to be two men from Dallas Seminary. They brought us good lessons from Haggai and Phillipians. Our afternoons we did various things. One afternoon after having a an alumni lunch, we went on a tour of the Bible Institute campus and the way it looked now. Wow, many changes and a wonderful up to date facility. It brought back many good memories for me, as I loved my year of study here. Here is a link to tell you more about the Bible Institute :https://wordoflife.edu/

One afternoon several of the women from my class at the Bible Institute, is who lived in the area got together. That was so fun to hear about their lives since and about the joys and sorrows of all of our lives. I felt so blessed to have gone to the Bible Institute and got to know these women.

One day we drove over to the town of Ticonderoga where a Battle was fought and won by American troops during the war for Independence in 1775. We didn’t enter the fort area this time as we had many years ago. But the drive through the countryside was very pretty and relaxing!

Saturday morning we picked up Silas from camp and then drove all the way back to his home in Michigan. We all were eager to see his parents.

We all had a relaxing Sunday together. It was a good trip and so much fun to connect with our oldest grandson and son and daughter-in-law again!

It was very special to connect with my four classmates as well as hear my mentor speak for a short time. We loved the time we had with our grandson and also our son and daughter-in-law. What a blessed time!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers