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

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

Shock

November 19, 2018

Do you ever have a phone call that shocks you to your core? A few days ago, I got one of those kinds of calls!

Our dear friends, Steve and Shirley we had dinner with last Monday night. We had a wonderful visit and despite many health concerns over the years and even a serious eye problem for Steve, he looked good. They were planning for the future and very excited about a new adventure they were embarking on. We had a great visit!

Not even two days later, I got a call from mutual friends, explaining that Steve had a massive stroke in the night and wasn’t expected to live. He passed away a few days later!

I am still in shock and I can’t even possibly begin to understand the shock and unreality it must be for the family! I cried that first day every little bit. I just couldn’t get past the image of him looking so good on Monday night… several other mutual friends called us to make sure we knew about Steve and to pray for Shirley and the family!

Steve was a wonderful godly man! We have only known he and Shirley for about 4 years. Steve taught our Sunday School class at the church we attended in Phoenix. They were such a great couple to minister to many around them! Steve had a passion for teaching and he did a great job teaching on the book of Revelation. He loved his family and it showed in their respect for him as well. He was retired when we met him but he told many stores of his life and how he did his job to honor God as well. They started to support us financially a few years ago, which added another dimension to our friendship!

We know for sure that Steve is in heaven and with the God he loved and served. BUT we will miss him , as we know many will, especially Shirley and his family! Please pray for them as they face the holiday season without their dear father, husband and grandfather!

When things like this happen in life… I try to remember to love my family more, and not take for granted any day. I pray that you will treasure your family especially during this holiday season!

Hurting tonight,

Jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Celebrating our grandson’s 4th Birthday

November 17, 2018

We got to help celebrate our youngest grandson’s 4th Birthday! We met up with the family in Arizona where they had come to see some of Nick’s family. We were so blessed to have and day and half with them. Nick had to work so Kara, Kent, Ivan and I had fun! We went to the science museum. It was great fun and Ivan found a lot of things to show grandpa! Such as laying on a bed of nails, dancing metal flakes to music and kicking digital creatures etc.

It was fun having this time with them! We met up with Nick and had a delicious Ethiopian meal and a free tiramisu for Ivan’s birthday meal with us! What a wonderful blessed treat!

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Check out this short video about our days together!

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Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers