Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Thanksgiving

November 26, 2018

What a blessing it was to be in the Northwest for the commissioning of our dear missionary candidate and friends, and then we were able to drive to be with Kent’s parents and sister’s family for Thanksgiving!

After our weekend with Brad and Sarah for their commissioning, we drove to Seattle on a day when we could see Mt Rainer

We got to spend the night with our dear friends Bruce and Melody, where we had parked our RV last summer. It was great to get caught up a little with them!

The next day we drove past Seattle and on to where Kent’s parents live. The weather around Seattle was a bit more typical for fall with a bit of fog over the city.

It always renews my spirit to see all these beautiful tall evergreen trees! I just love the Pacific Northwest so much. I feel closer to God when in a forest or garden, so this place is special to me!

We had Thanksgiving with mom and dad, Kent’s sister LeAnn, husband Ken and her two grown up kids. Her daughter and husband both were there an us! So it was a full table. We got some of the food from the grocery store and some LeAnn cooked ahead.. so we did have plenty and mom got to sit and enjoy the company instead of trying to do the food. It was great!

We also got to visit another dear Friend Ed and his wife Goldie( who is in a memory care facility). It was so fun to hang out with Ed in the evenings as he lives alone now.

We ended our trip by overnighting with a first cousin of Kent’s and his wife..before heading to the airport for our trip home. We are so very grateful for this visit.

We realize that mom and dad are ha big a harder time with life now but are content with their situation. We pray for them and all the caregivers!

We pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

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

Arriving in Arizona

November 15, 2018

We arrived in Arizona one day before my birthday. We like to be close enough to a big city to enjoy the free things to do. Did you know that on your birthday you can have a free grand slam at Denny’s? All you have to do is show I’d that had your birthdate on it! We also went to Mimi’s Cafe for a buy one get one entree.. and Red Robin for a free burger if you sign up on their website! You should try it sometime? Look on the internet to know what you have to do to qualify!

Then we wanted to visit with several local pastors. Kent had lunch with one in Benson. We both traveled to encourage the pastors and their wives in Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona.

Douglas is on the border and even a border patrolman went to the church. It was and interesting conversation with him! These churches are doing well but all pastors can use some encouragement.

While driving to these towns we went through historic Tombstone! We stopped and walked the streets and saw the historic buildings etc. when silver was discovered nearby a town grew rapidly. It was once many thousand people here some sites say as many as 15,000. There was a lot of the “old west” feel in the town still. although a much calmer town than when the gunfight took place here between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton’s and others. Check this site out to know more about the town.

http://www.tombstoneaz.net/the-history-of-tombstone.html

We also saw the town of Bisbee.. it was also a mining town but instead of silver it was cooper. It was still being mined into the year of 2000, but has now been abandoned. The town is a bit of a eclectic artisan community now and it seemed to me to be struggling to keep alive. This link will give you a little history.

https://westernmininghistory.com/towns/arizona/bisbee/

Since we were going to visit and encourage pastors and their families,.. we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing, but we did stop to take some pictures of the mine and from the pictures you can certainly see the bright copper color in the soil.

Grateful,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling through Texas panhandle and New Mexico

November 14, 2018

As we drive along we see the changing landscapes. It is so nice to be up high in our big Semi-truck cab as we can see things that much better! These past few days we saw the farming land, with cotton, corn, soybeans and some wheat being the prominent crops. We also did pass a few herds of cattle.. after all we did go through the panhandle part of Texas too and they are known for the “longhorn type cattle” there.

We also passed a “wind farm” which consisted of hundreds of modern wind mills, most slowly turning. I am certain that we passed by maybe a thousand of them. we stopped at a rest stop that also had typical wind mill used to get cattle water in the field.

We also have seen solar farms… that of solar cells that are used for gathering solar power for cities.. as the solar cells were huge and many of them!

We started to see the desert vegetation as well. We have seen sage bushes, alive and dead for many miles and now We also saw some cactus plants and lots of Yucca and mesquite, Pablo verde, and creosote trees. These all show up in the desert landscape. We only see Saguaro cactus…that is the big ones with “arms” at certain altitudes and usually closer to Tucson and also in Phoenix. These are what most people consider the “typical” cactus. And they only grow in this part of the world! No where else! They are protected here in Arizona. Interesting!

This short video shows some of the scenery that we saw as we drive through New Mexico.

Enjoy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting another of Kent’s cousins

November 11, 2018

Cousin Connie and husband Steve have supported us for years as well. They are in the process of moving to New Mexico. So we stopped in to see them there. The first night we went to a nice East Indian restaurant and I really enjoyed that food! Again the conversation flowed and we didn’t lack for any silences! We haven’t seen them for about 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on.

Steve had to fly on Saturday so after we hosted a breakfast at our house, we all rode with Connie to take him to the airport. Then we stopped by to see the Petroglyphs Park. That was awesome and it gave us some exercise while we visited! We stayed another night and visited with Connie again all day. It was so nice to catch up a little on their lives too! Again grateful for supporters and also those who are family!

The second day we were hanging out with Connie we went to downtown Santa Fe again. We had a coffee and walked around and went to see if the beautiful Catholic Church was open so we could see the inside. Unfortunately we got there too late to see the inside, but we walked around to see the prayer garden around back. There was a couple there that asked us to take their picture, which we were glad to do..and afterwards we got talking. Wow, their adult son had just died of cancer and they were grieving but also celebrating his life. They showed us picture of him and his beautiful amazing art work. We also could celebrate with them and also grieve for their loss. We prayed with them and felt God was in our presence with all of us! You never know when you will meet someone who needs encouragement and God dropped us in this couple’s life at that moment. We came away blessed by them too! Awesome!

Gratefully,

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

Moving west

October 8, 2018

We traveled on the next day still driving on the little “red ” roads through the small towns and countryside. The United States has a lot more countryside than most people realize, and we find it beautiful! And usually the people are so friendly as well!

Today we drove through southern Illinois. We traveled about 200 miles and took time out for lunch along the way.

We often meet people interested in our rig and carrying our small car on the back of the truck.. it is fairly unique and many people take pictures of us or stop by to ask questions. This happened today at a rest stop. Some trucker came up to Kent and had all kinds of questions. Kent is so patient and answers their questions. I think Kent is a bit flattered as he did a lot of the work and most of the designing of this unit. So he has a right to be a bit proud of it!

At the end of this night we had found another Walmart which allowed people to stay overnight not to far from St Louis, Missouri. Another good night of sleep! We enjoyed the fields of corn and soybeans as we traveled along. Some of the farmers were out harvesting their fields as well. If you look closely at my pictures, you can see they were taken through our trucks windshield while driving… and as the day wore on we had more bugs hit the windshield so they somewhat obscured the view! Hah!

The next day we traveled through Missouri. We have many, many times traveled this highway. We were on a major road now as it was the best route. We are coming to our final long stop along this journey. We were heading for Kansas City, Missouri.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling on

October 7, 2018

So we left the campground in Ohio and traveled on.. we decided to stay on a red road..which means going through small towns and not the highways. We love to see these small towns and the farms that often accompany these towns. So you will see from my pictures that we enjoyed lots of beautiful scenery!

You can enjoy the pretty scenery through southern Indiana. A very pretty state!

It was a relaxing day and you might be able to see that we stayed at a Walmart that night. We were very grateful for the day!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing the Ark Encounter

October 6, 2018

Yes, that is right there is a full sized version of Noah’s Ark built about a half hour drive from the Creation Museum, also in Kentucky. So after our son and family left we traveled to that and had a fun time seeing that ourselves. We knew that these museums were close together and so had thought to see both of them.

They were both fun but I think Kent and I liked the Ark better. I can’t really say why as the Creation museum had more for the kids outside but both are really better for older kids to understand all that it entailed. The Ark Encounter is a bit newer and I felt they did an excellent job of answering all the questions that people often have. Anyway, we really enjoyed it but after two days of lots of slow walking were ready to move down the road.

Here are some pictures from the Ark Encounter:

Seeing the Creation Museum with our son and family

October 5, 2018

When leaving Lexington, Kentucky we knew we weren’t too far from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. We had wanted to go to see this before we left the area and we also wanted our son’s family to come too. So we went to a campground nearby and invited them to come and stay with us and go to the museum with us. Silas had just turned 13 and I knew he could really take it all in. They also brought along a younger cousin Isabella aged 7 who did great too.

We had a nice breakfast then headed out the ten minutes drive to the museum. It was incredible to see . There was a 30 minute 3D video that depicted Creation from the Bible’s perspective and then walking around the museum itself. It had some nice dioramas with life-sized manikins talking about different aspects of creation. They had a nice display of insects too which was very interesting! Including some rather large beetles. We also enjoyed the petting zoo and botanical gardens which were nice,y arranged. We did have a quick lunch there to allow us to see a bit more time.

After the museum the kids wanted to play at the campground! It had a nice small lake and had boats and paddle boats to use as well as a playground. We were able to have a fire in the evening and even had s’mores to top off the day!

It was a fun time with Josh and to hear about Teresa’s recent three weeks in Kenya, Africa. We also got to see her pictures! It was so nice to see them so soon after her trip and Silas’s 13th birthday! We don’t often get to see Silas near his birthday and it was a treat!

It was a great but short family visit as they had to leave Sunday morning!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers