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My week in Phoenix

March 20, 2019

While Kent was with his parents and siblings, I decided to catch up with some friends here in Phoenix.

First I had a good visit with a couple Sharon and Geordie that were our neighbors in the RV park, where we used to live here. It was great to see them again.

The next morning I had breakfast with a dear friend whose husband died suddenly in November. Shirley is learning how to be a widow even as difficult and different as it is. I and so grateful that her grown children are so helpful to her.

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Another couple from our church in northern Phoenix that we attended 8 winters, Kathy and Don have been good friends and even supporters during these years. I was able to spend few hours with them too!

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I also stopped to see other old friends and several neighbors that we lived beside for about 5 years. We are so blessed that we have such great friends from all over.

On Sunday I went out with Shirley and several couples from our Sunday school class. These are all special friends. And when coming back to my RV house in a friends car..and we saw a stranger sitting in his car very near our house, these friends wouldn’t let me out until we had called the security guard for the church and after the car left. I felt loved and safer with my friends knowing that this guy was now gone.

Kent gets home tomorrow and we will be on the road going north.

A quick trip to Southern California

March 14, 2019

We have lifetime supporters and good friends in the San Diego area! In Yuma we were parked within 3 – 3/12 hours from them. So we decided to go and see them as we haven’t for awhile.

Ross and Denise live in the San Diego area and have for a long time now. We met when we all were newlyweds and living in New Jersey. They were waiting for base housing on the base nearby and we met at a local Baptist church where we all attended. We ended up all living together for several months in a big house that was the church’s parsonage while the church didn’t have a pastor. We have been friends ever since. It is always good to see them and we enjoyed going to church with them again! They are dear friends that we enjoy!

After seeing them we went on to visit our friends the Lyall family whom we have also known for over 40 years. They live on a large orange ranch that was started by Warren’s grandfather. It has always been a joy to see how they are doing on the ranch and see, hear about new fruit and things that they are doing as well as taste some of the delicious oranges. They also grow some avocados. And the area is beautiful as well.

We got to pick some fruit from the trees and then one of their grandsons..wanted to make us some fresh orange juice…delicious!

Warren has had a specific type of leukemia and it is being contained at this time. He is on a very, very expensive medicine but they are grateful for it and for the health that he has!

We had two wonderful visits with both of these couples and we are soooo grateful to he them in our lives. It makes me appreciate every day and every friends that we have.

I pray that you have some long time friends in your loves too!

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My husband has a birthday

February 8, 2019

Kent had his birthday a few days ago. Usually we are at a conference in Denver this time of year but not this year! This year we were in Yuma with two couples that are special friends.

Dwain and Debbie went out with us for steak for Kent’s birthday

and Sid and Kathy came for a meal at our house. I told you about meeting Dwain nd Debbie.

Let me tell you about Sid and Kathy. We have known them for 39 years. We all met in Thorne Bay, Alaska. Then they came to stay with us in Ketchikan. Kent used to fly to Thorne Bay almost every week to do a Bible study there, which turned into church. Sid and Kathy used to host him. If the weather was too bad to fly home, they would take Kent hunting or fishing. Also Kent spent some time helping them build their log house there. Kathy and Sid now spend the winter here in Arizona and have lived many years in an RV too. So we also had lots to catch up on.

I had sent our emails and texts to people asking them to send cards for Kent’s birthday! We got a ton! I was so encouraged to see all those kind notes of how Kent had affected many people’s lives over these many years. Thanks for all that participated!

Happy Birthday, Kent,

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Yuma and Quartzsite, Arizona

February 5, 2019

Quartzsite, Arizona is an interesting town. We went there to spend some tine with dear friends that we have known for about 8 years now. We met Dwain and Debbie when at a RV rally we were parked beside each other. They drive their rig with a big white Volvo and have a rig of the same company as ours. So we have some things in common from the very start. We do enjoy being with them. Debbie is quite an artist! She made this out of  gourd and feathers nd lots of hazard work! She is taking it to a craft show for gourds. I hope the gets first place!

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Quartzsite is about one hour drive from Yuma and the town is pretty small. I think their normal population is about 3,000 people, but during January and February because of the fairly warm nd moderate temperatures many RVers come to visit the gem and mineral shows and the RV flea market tents with many vendors. It is estimated on Wikipedia that about 1.5 million people come during the winter months. So going here in January means you will have lots of RVs around you. There are some places to park that you pay a nominal fee and others where you can park on Bureau of Land Management Land for free. Just pick your spot, fill out form and you can be there for 14 days free. We have done this a few times. We were going for 5 days with Dwain and Debbie and they had invited others also. In the end our part of the desert had 7-8 rigs of different kinds. We would have an afternoon time to sit and chat and each night, a campfire to sit around. We shared one meal together.

It was a relaxing few days. We went to the RV tents  and that is where they sold anything and everything for RVers. We then went back to Yuma, Arizona to get some work done.

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Kent got to speak at Grace Bible Fellowship. We have known the pastor here for many years. We also knew the former pastor too. Kent has spoken here several times over the years that we have lived in Arizona in the winter. This church is doing great! They had 18 baptisms last year! They are one of the most mixed group of people that we have ever seen. From whites, African Americans, native Quechuan people, motorcycle bikers, homeless, migrant workers , snowbirds from the north and perhaps others too. But God has given all of them grace for each other and their differences! It is always a time to sense the Holy Spirit at work in many lives including ours!

We were in Yuma for most of three weeks and were able to get together with the pastor and his wife several times! They are doing great job and we were encouraged to be there.

Yuma is the salad basket for the United States in the winter! They grow all kinds of cool weather crops in the winter, like lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage. There may be other things too. I know they grow cotton nd grasses in the summer months when the temps can get over 100 degrees.

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So moments to rest and moments ministering.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

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