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.

Kent has an unexpected trip

March 15, 2019

A few days ago, we got a call that Kent’s father was in the hospital with pneumonia and a c.diff infection. Dad is 97 and has had a hard winter. Mom who is 94 also has been in the hospital some this winter. They were both doing better and were sleeping well and then dad got pneumonia. They are still living alone although most of the winter have had “helpers” for hours during the day and or at night. Kent’s sister also has had a lot of nights sleeping at their house to be near by.

This was them when we saw them in November of this year.

So the youngest brother from Indiana decided to come for a visit. Kent’s oldest brother also was coming in March. So Kent decided to go to see them at this time too. I was so glad to send him to go and see them. Kent’s sister needs some support and with everyone there for a few days I hope that will help her.

And a recent picture of mom with her four children all together after mom had several trips to the hospital this winter.

We are planning on going to their area this summer also, but this was too many weeks out. Kent will be there for a week at this time. We are so grateful for his parents and the many good years of life they have had. God has blessed Kent’s family as they have had their parents for many years.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ps. As Kent was leaving me, we had to get to Phoenix to fly out..where to leave me and the RV house… we went back to our church’s parking lot and I am living off the grid on solar power for this week! I am grateful to have safe place to stay though.

More about Tucson

March 15, 2019

Since we were parked in Tucson over Christmas there were several special events that we were able to participate in as well as the activities at the church where we were parked.

Tucson has a part of the city that was planned about 50 years ago to be a friendly community. It was designed with wide avenues and nice sized lots. Plenty of communal space for family events. They even have a street named Christmas. We had seen on the internet that they hosted a month long Holiday lights festival in their community. Almost everyone decorated their house with lights and some went to a great degree. We saw some lights choreographed to music and then some smaller and plainer lights. Everything was wonderful nd it was walking or riding a bus only. Cars were not permitted so the area was filled with many families. We walked 4 miles around the streets until we were tired but it was so nice to see some nativities as well as all the fun things of Christmas. They also had booths to sell popcorn, hot chocolate and other fun stuff. It was definitely a highlight of our Christmas season.

We also saw that another local church was doing a live nativity and Christmas fair during the weekend. So on Saturday evening we went to that as well. Also a resort was having a big free Christmas festival with tree lighting, Christmas caroling, free cookies, hit chocolate and roasted chestnuts. We went for awhile and then to a church kid’s program.

Tucson is also known for several beautiful outdoor areas. One is called Sabino Canyon with many walking trails and lots of cactus. Also Picacho Peak is close by and one of the most climbed peaks in Arizona as it is very easy to get to. We did enjoy the nice weather while in Tucson and sat outside in the 65-70 degree afternoons.

When people think of the desert they often think of sand and Saguaro cactus. We do have them but also multitudes of other kinds of cacti and other dessert plants. And the dessert is sandy soil but more often rocks.

We had a great 5 weeks in Tucson and would love to return someday!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

PS yes, this was written a long time ago…and I just found it in my draft box..so old news but a good review!

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

Mission conference

March 13, 2019

We moved our RV house to Phoenix a few weeks ago for a missions conference at our church. It was a wonderful and encouraging time to be with the other missionaries and the church friends too. We also got to see our dear friend, Shirley several times who is the widow of our former Sunday School leader/teacher. We were able to have dinner with our dear friends while there as well. We were kept very busy with many visits and also some counseling. We were so busy I took no pictures..

We then moved back to Yuma for the last few weeks. We went to a dentist in Mexico to get a new night guard made for me, as I wear it every night. We could get it made in one day, so stayed in the town and got a hair cut and had lunch and then picked it up. There was a very long wait to cross back int the United States, but I am glad that our borders are safe and do no mind the wait!

We have been going to one of our churches that support our WorldVenture missionaries, called Grace Bible Fellowship. It is a very different church as far as the mixture of peoples that attend. There are American Indians, blacks, poor whites, homeless, migrant workers, bikers, some Asians and even some like us Winter visitors. All these very different peoples but they get along and God has been doing some very exciting things here, last year 18 people came to know Jesus as their savior! And then Got baptized. We are so excited to see how God is using this church in the community and will use them. They have done outreaches to the street people just outside of the church, also to the migrant workers and homeless too. We have been privileged to stop at this church each winter as we move to Phoenix. It has been wonderful to see how God is working there. Kent spoke at the church one week as well.

We spent another two weeks parked in Yuma. Yuma is a very interesting town. It is more or less the salad capital of the US especially for the winter months. The grow, all kinds of lettuces, spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and more! We often see the workers around town and Grace Bible reaches out to them in several ways.

Jan for the much 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

Tucson, Arizona

January 23, 2019

We got to park behind a church in Tucson, for about five weeks in December. We were able to help a church here, but it was a bit limited as the Christmas season was here too! We do have a retired WorldVenture missionary at this church, so that helped us make connections really fast too. We went to prayer meetings, met the interim pastor, met with mission committee members, missionaries and made some new friends. It was a blessing to be here these weeks.

We have been able to park on the church’s property and have full hook ups, which is a real blessing. We then relocated to another town in Arizona where we plan to help and encourage the body of Christ as well! Kent is continuing to work with candidates too.

HEALTH UPDATE

For some months now I(Jan) have not felt well, I was absolutely exhausted even as we traveled many days this summer. Once we got back to Arizona, I went back to my dr and he told me my thyroid was only functioning at half and my endocrine system as well. He put me on medicine for the thyroid and supplements for the other. I still had so little energy!

I thought I was starting to get better, but one afternoon about a week after our trip to the Northwest.. I started having chest pains.. and it got so bad that we went to the Emergency room for the first time! As soon as they attached the leads to my heart for the EKG and I could hear the heart rate, I knew I wasn’t having a heart attack at that moment, but perhaps I had before. They did blood tests and a chest X-ray in case the pain was pneumonia, but none of that showed anything. It didn’t seem to be a panic attack which also can feel that way. So they gave me some mylanta and we went home.

Since I had a cardiologist appointment 2 days later, we decided to wait until then. The cardiologist saw me and sent me for some tests all that came back good. He suggested along with my regular dr that it had been a gall bladder attack! Soo we were grateful for the heart checks and glad it wasn’t that.

And then I had to have another blood test checking for cancer cells.. which I have done since my cancer surgery 20 months ago. These tests have been good all along but we want to keep a watch and this time they were a bit higher but still in the safe guidelines. Please pray that God will give me back my strength and health!

After all of this, I am ready to meet spring with a renewed spirit and hopefully renewed health too. We are so grateful for your prayers for us and for safety in travel and for continued strength for the ministry God has before us!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Christmas

January 9, 2019

Our son, Josh called us a few weeks before Christmas and invited us to join his family for a Christmas trip to Knoxville, Tennessee… we were going to see a play there called “The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph.” Sooo we overjoyed to join them first in Michigan and then driving with them and celebrating Christmas in Knoxville, Tennessee. On our way to Knoxville, we all stopped to see Kents’s brother Ron and wife and had a delicious dinner with them before continuing our trip.

We all got to explore Knoxville together. Checked out a craft fair and Farmers market. We saw a man playing a drum that he’d made at the fair. Teresa had found us a nice house close to a neat park that we enjoyed a long walk in. Our weather was so nice for the whole time too! We all helped make some peppernuts, a family tradition cookie.

And Silas made us an apple pie for our family dinner. So we sure had a great time together and enjoying a Tennessee Christmas. And the play of course, was a highlight. It was fun to have some VIP seats as Josh and Teresa have some strong connections with the play’s director. It was a very unique view of the Christmas story. We enjoyed but forgot to take a picture😒!

We also got to spend a little time with Teresa’s sister’s family and children too. You will see a picture of the four nieces at a table where they were coloring a butterfly. And also Ari showed me a little finger play. We have known these kids for their whole lives and love them too! It is always a joy to be with our family!

Our daughter Kara and family were with her husband, Nick’s family for Christmas this year. We do thank God for the many years we have celebrated Christmas with our children in many different places. I put together a short video to give you a small idea of our family celebration.

We pray that you also had a good Christmas and will have a wonderful Happy New Year!

Gratefully,

Jan for Roaming Reimers

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