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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!

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