Mission ConneXion

January 28, 2018

9D16A3BE-7119-488B-928E-F435D9E753BBWe went with our friend Ed to visit his wife and our very special friend, Goldie in the rest home. After that visit we stopped by to say goodbye to Kent’s parents.

Next we drove to our dear friends house, Bruce and Melody. They had allowed us to park on their beautiful land last summer! So we were excited to see them again! We had a nice dinner that Melody made and were able to catch up some. They also were coming to Mission Connexion in Portland area. They have a great hospitality ministry to those in pastoral and missions work. So it was good to have them be able to talk to others about that as well as hear great speakers and work shops.

Kent and I left Bruce and Melody’s on Thursday am and drove to have lunch with some other dear friends. The wife had had an auto accident that has caused her lots of recoup time. It was great to catch up with them on our way to our hotel.

Our mission conference started on Friday and we wanted to be rested before so we had a quiet evening. I was particularly grateful as I had started that morning in abdominal pain and wasn’t sure what to do. Pain medicine seemed to help and resting that evening did too!

Missions Connexion is really a city wide missions conference. Many churches sponsor it and there is no charge for admission so anyone can come to hear good speakers, and attend workshops and talk to missionaries and mission representatives. So we were here to represent our mission WorldVenture, talking to people about serving God in an overseas context.  Since Kent and I have done this for many years so we know lots of the representatives too. It is always a busy but good two days.

We had a lot of help this year. Brad and Sarah are going to serve in Spain with WorldVenture. They were there, it was great to see them as God has had a hard road for them this past year with cancer and then twin sons born early…it is nice to see them so positive and holding onto God through all of this! We also had a couple from Taiwan on home assignment. And our coworker Ginny as well as young lady from our headquarters, Hannah. Also another coworker who has worked with us for several years here. It was great having everyone and all contributed well. I even had time to speak with a dear friend in another ministry who just lost her step mom that day a woman that Kent and I also knew and loved!

Two exhausting days but with many good conversations. Several couples that I talked with would be good candidates for us. So now we pray and keep in contact and see how God directs their paths. Sometimes these relationships take years in developing and sometimes things happen quickly. But God is the one we look to for the work in someone’s heart and to move them out into “His Harvest Field.”

On Friday night the main speaker was Francis Chan who has written many books but one of his famous ones is “Crazy Love.” He was so used by God in my heart that night…and I am sure in many others!

We are praying for God to send out more laborers because of this Mission Connexion conference. Sunday early we flew back to our home in Phoenix. And we were glad to be back in our own bed and home, but grateful for being used by God in this conference.

May God Bless You!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Visiting family and helping Kent’s parents

January 24, 2018

 

Next we flew from Denver to Seattle and were kindly given a nice place to sleep with Kent’s first cousin and his wife. We love these guys and try to see them whenever we can… we slept and then had a relaxing breakfast visiting as much as we can!

We also were able to have a lunch with my oldest niece, Jana. It is always good to see her too. She lives near Seattle now but I never know where she might be next. She was just about to fly to a warm place for her birthday! So we were glad to catch her before she left.

Then we stopped to have coffee and visit with Kent’s sister, LeAnn and her husband, Ken. It is hard to catch Ken when he isn’t working as he is most of the time. But it was great to catch up for a couple of hours.

Then we drove on to see Kent’s parents. It was great to see them doing so well. We were there to help in any way we could.

In the winter because it is a bit cold to stay in mom and dad’s RV on their property. So we stay with our dear friend, Ed. Ed was Kent’s Sunday school teacher when Kent was 10 years old. So we love he and his wife, Goldie like parents too! It is always good to see Ed and visit Goldie too. Goldie is in a wonderful home for Those that need more care than can be given at home. She is in late stage Alzheimer’s but is well cared for. Ed visits her at least 3 times a week. We also got to visit her and she even seemed to be listening to Kent and tried to talk to him. It was a good visit with Goldie and also Ed in the evenings.

So Monday and Tuesday, Kent helped his parents go to a Drs appointment pick up prescriptions, pick up food and other little errands for them. Me, I wanted to stay and work outside as the weather cooperated. We had done so much trimming of bushes etc in the fall when we were there..now it had been raining enough to allow for burning brush.. so dad and I started it..we had about ten piles of brush.. after lunch I really started piling it on… by dark most of the brush was burnt.. and when I looked at my phone and saw how many steps I had from that exercise…it added up to 5 miles of feeding that fire! No wonder my feet were tired at the end of that day!

Tuesday I gathered leaves and other outside chores that needed to be done. We also took recyling to the center. So I helped outside and Kent did the other tasks needed. LeAnn, Kent’s sister came on Tuesday and Kent and she got to visit some too! Mom even made lunch for us and that is something at 93.

We also got to visit Kents niece and her husband that were married this past summer. It is always good to see them too!

It was a good visit overall!  Watch for the rest of our adventures!

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Love and May God Bless you,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping our daughter and family

January 22, 2018

Our daughter Kara, husband Nick and 3 year old Ivan had recently moved out of their condo where they lived for 11 years. They lived temporarily for 6 weeks and then moved into their new to them house. They first moved into the basement so the painter could do his job for two weeks. Then they had started to actually settle into their house. We came to help that process. Also Kara and Nick had a bunch of projects for Kent to do.

We started by helping to get their beds into their bedrooms. And for our Christmas we all went to the National Western Stock Show and the Mexican Rodeo. It was fun seeing all the animals with them and especially with Ivan and watching the rodeo. Ivan was mesmerized with all the different acts. It was such fun doing this together!

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Then we got busy doing stuff around the house.. Kent and Kara tackled a new vanity and mirror for their master bath, fixing a laminate floor, putting in under sink water filters, fixing all kinds of little problem areas too! I don’t even know all the jobs that Kent and Kara did. I tried to entertain Ivan and work in food and once in a while I got to work on washing windows! It was a busy and fun week and lots got done!

Ivan and I even went to a story time at a local Chick-fila. That was such fun too.

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Our last full day we first helped get the stuff from their community garden area. Kara had done a garden there for years so now she will be able to have one at their house.

Then they treated us to a very special meal at a wonderful restaurant called “The Melting Pot”. It is a fondue restaurant and Kara and Nick treated us to a four course meal. It was fun and delicious. Ivan did great even as it went about 3 hours, as we went for a mid day meal. We enjoyed the leisurely meal and afterwards walked around Littleton a bit as it was still before sunset. What a nice way to end the work week.

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We had a hard time leaving though as Ivan kept telling us to Stay! How very sweet! We will see them again soon!

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Our Christmas

January 6, 2018

Kent and I started our Christmas with Ivan helping to put up our Christmas tree and lights when they were visiting over Thanksgiving. That was fun as we seldom get to do that together in their house or ours.

We also had a very nice time at our church with our friends. While Kara and Ivan were here we went to see our Pastors’ “Walk to Bethlehem” which tells the story of Jesus birth in panels and audible story telling in our pastor’s backyard. Also their street was all decorated for Christmas! Our Sunday School class had a wonderful Christmas party complete with the White Elephant gift exchange.

We then flew to Michigan to be with Josh, Teresa and Silas. We stayed at Teresa’s sister home for two nights. I helped some of the kids make some cookies and then all of them got to icing the ones they wanted to. That was fun!

Then we house sat for another sister in their large comfortable home. Josh had taken off several days before the holiday and they allowed Silas to have off one day too while we were there. Teresa worked until Christmas Eve Day. We had a great time talking, eating, cooking, walking twice in the pleasant weather and we all went with Teresa’s parents and a nephew to dinner and the Star Wars movie! That was fun!

Saturday before Christmas Kent and I, took Josh, Teresa and Silas to a concert of TranSiberian Orchestra. We first went to eat at a very delicious Mediterranean restaurant then to the concert! We had heard their music for years but didn’t really know how the concert would be. We were in a brand new arena and in the nosebleed section… when we arrived to find our seats… Silas and I felt a bit dizzy at first! But once things started it was fine! We enjoyed it but were very glad that someone had suggested ear plugs as we adults all used them and heard just fine! The lights, music and pyrotechnics was amazing! I liked that they told a nice Christmas message along with the pop rock music. The light show was phenomenal and Silas afterwards said he liked the “Spaghetti lights the best!” It was a nice evening! We were surprised that even though their name says orchestra… there were few real orchestra players… but they sounded like an orchestra! Interesting experience! After the concert Josh walked us around the downtown a bit as he works in one of the buildings nearby. It was full of all kinds of people and we even stopped for a drink at a small cafe. All in all it was a wonderful evening together.

Christmas Eve day we all were off and had a special breakfast of cheese blintzes with strawberry and blueberry fruit topping. Delicious! We then played a card game and watched the snow softly flying outside. It only accumulated 5 inches and was very dry, so no snow ball making. Silas went out to make a snow angel though. We did go to Teresa’s father’s church for Christmas Eve service. That was nice as several of Teresa’s family were there. Afterwards we went back to Teresa’s parents for a bit of a snack and to visit some.

We left Christmas Day to fly back to Phoenix. Getting home on Christmas evening was very nice! For New Year’s Eve we had a neighbor couple over for snacks and games. So that was our Christmas …praying that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and Friends!

Please look at this video link for more pictures.

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love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Thanksgiving

December 12, 2017

After the trip to Yosemite we took off and headed towards Arizona. We arrived on November 15th. Our daughter Kara and Ivan were already in Phoenix staying at her sister-in-law’s house. So a few days after arriving,  they came to visit us! It was a pleasure to see Ivan on his 3rd Birthday! We all ate at a Mediterranean restaurant… which Ivan loves too!

We had a blast having them with us and as Ivan remembered the pool and it was an extra hot November, we did enjoy the pool almost every day. Kara had borrowed a bike and all our neighbors were fond of watching Ivan go scooting around on his bike! Sometimes us adults had a hard time keeping up! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday there were a few other children in our park and Ivan soon had some friends that came on their bikes..

On Thanksgiving, Kara’s sister-in-law and husband invited us to join with the family at their house. Nick’s dad was also in town. I made three kinds of pies and potatoes and we enjoyed a delicious dinner together. It was fun afterwards to bounce a bit with the kids on the trampoline in their backyard.

Friday,  Nicks dad and neices ,two little girls came for lunch and to swim. On Saturday we hosted everyone with swimming and lunch. So it was a busy but fun time.

Nick left on Sunday to go back to work and Kara and Ivan stayed on and we enjoyed the pool somemore. We also went to Ikea one morning, and the wonderful Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Ivan loved the model railroads the most! We also went to see our pastor’s “ Walk to Bethlehem” and their streets lights. Ivan really enjoyed that too. And Kent and I just enjoyed being with them doing whatever.

I enclose a few pictures…

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but check out the videos below as they  show the extent of our fun! Click on the links.

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love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing Yosemite National Park

December 8, 2017

Monday after the marriage retreat we needed a rest and so we took off in our car to see Yosemite National Park which was near by.

First, we had quite a twisty road to get there! We also saw a huge area that was burned out from one of the fires this summer! Then once we were inside the park we were awed by these huge granite boulders that rose into the sky! Wow, wow, wow! It was awesome! We stopped at the visitor center and watched a documentary about it. We also took a picnic lunch and there. It was great walking around and there were very few people this time of year. It was wonderful and a great day for us!

i am adding some pictures here. But to really appreciate the beauty in this park you must watch this video!

Just click on the link:

https://vimeo.com/24556630

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Speaking at a marriage retreat

November 14, 2017

About a year ago, Kent and I were at a retreat center near Yosemite with our mobilization team. While there we met the program director and a few months later she approached us about speaking for a marriage retreat at the conference center.

We were in the process of taking this assisgnment when I was diagnosed with cancer, so we asked to put off saying yes or no until after my surgery and prognosis. And since that turned out good, we decided to say Yes.

So for months we have been reading books, talking about what is important and how to incorporate our missions life and ministry in a marriage retreat.. so two weeks ago we did this marriage retreat at Silver Spur Christian Camp and Retreat Center. Wow, I was blown away by the fact that 50 couples came. They were wonderful and Kent and I felt God used us during the weekend. It was many hours of  preparations for Kent and I. It actually helped us to sort out things in our own marriage. That and the retreat were a big blessing for us too!

There was all kinds of fun things to do as well as the meetings. There were other couples that shared their lives as well. God used all of us!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

My birthday

October 31, 2017

Yes, I had a Birthday this week!. I usually look forward to my birthday and Kent and I find fun things to do that the birthday person gets free…such as a free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s restaurant…all you have to do is show them your Identification.. also Red Robin restaurant if you are a part of the rewards program..you will get an email saying your will get a gourmet burger and fries for any time during your birthday month..Nice!

There are many other offers but since I knew we had to be moving our RV house this year I didn’t look for free offers.  So this year we had to travel on my birthday and that is usually busy enough.. we had to get to central California by Thursday for a marriage retreat that we are doing for the weekend… yes, we are the main speakers.. it is a bit scary as we have never done anything like this.  I will tell you more about that later..

So, when I looked ahead to my birthday, I was a bit depressed… you ask Why? Well, this year with my cancer diagnosis…kind of made a difference and also because of my four siblings that died of cancer, all before they were my new age! So, it sort of feels a little scary to start this year knowing that my siblings all died within two years of their cancer diagnosis..

Don’t get me wrong… I feel good right now and I have a good prognosis… but at times thoughts come into our heads even when we have lots to look forward too!

So, as I shared with Kent…he realized that I was feeling a little blue.. so on my birthday he bought me a dozen roses and a beautiful birthday card! What a sweet husband.. as he knew that I needed a little “lift”…. I am so glad for this man! It turned out to be a nice birthday after all!

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Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry, visiting Friends and team meetings while enjoying the fall colors and cool weather!

October 31, 2017

After being with mom and dad Reimer we had work to do. First, was Seattle Missions Fest for Friday and Saturday. Mission Fest was fun and plenty of people coming to talk about missions. Kent had a seminar which was well attended. Our co-worker Ginny came to help out at the booth. We also got to have dinner with a couple applying to the mission. Kent has been working with Kyle and Jeannie for several years now and they were very excited to be starting on the process to join WorldVenture. Melody and Bruce our friends where we stayed this summer came to visit and have dinner with us too. So it was a full two days.

We parked our RV house on the Church’s property where Mission Fest was held, sooo we knew we had to get out of the way. We also had to get to Portland and get the RV settled in a RV park because Kent was flying early Monday morning to Chicago!  We did just that and God gave us nice sunny weather for this drive.. as we pulled off the highway we could see a beautiful view of Mt Hood.

We got settled and Kent flew to Chicago for meetings with his team. I(Jan) stayed in Portland. I wanted to visits some special lady friends and it worked out. I first got to see Joan, who was the friend that went with me to Victoria, British Columbia in June. I also got to visit with her husband Peter. It was great to see both of them and we all enjoyed a beautiful fall day where we were able to sit outside on their deck.

Next day I got to visit Rachel my friend for many years now. Her husband was traveling so it gave us a long visit. Rachel also has had cancer and so we could relate on that level too. Rachel and my birthdays are a day apart and since our husbands wer3 not home to cook for..I suggested that we eat out. We went to “The old Spaghetti Factory!” Delicious food and wonderful company.. as Rachel’s daughter was able to go with us! So sweet!

Then I had one day to rest and Kent came back on Thursday. He had a great trip and good meetings with the other team members. We got some work done on the retreat that we have coming up. We also got to visit Brad and Sara and their three beautiful sons. Kent and I have known and coached Brad and Sara for several years. They are appointees with WorldVenture but have had some serious “bumps” in the road. Brad had tongue cancer about a year ago…  and God has healed him in some miraculous ways!!  Sara had twin boys that were born early and had multiple health issues…but as you can see in this picture they all are looking good now. Big brother Cameron was quite proud of his brothers too! . It was such a treat to see them and their family. We praise God for this sweet family and look forward to how God is going to use them in Spain.

On Saturday we drove through pouring rain most of the way to central Oregon. We again parked on a unused parking lot of a church. We were able to go to church in the morning. This is a church where we may be able to minister with them next summer, so we were trying to figure it out by visiting them and Kent meeting several people in leadership!

Sunday afternoon, we again went down the road…driving in sun and only a couple hundred miles to a town near Roseburg, Oregon. We parked in a small RV park and settled in for the week. We are here to visit some dear friends. Our co-worker Doug and we had lunch together on Monday morning. Doug was going Elk hunting so we wouldn’t see him again… On Tuesday we had lunch with Phil and Jeannie. We have known Phil and Jeannie since the days when we lived in Juneau, Alaska in 1981-82. It is always fun to see them. We got to see them a bit more through the week.

The RV park we are in is so close to the forest that we have a lot of wildlife that wanders through the Paarl at all times of day. I thought it quite brazen of the wild turkeys to come through as it is getting close to Thanksgiving…

We spent the week here doing more preparations for the marriage retreat which next weekend where we are main speakers. We worked on the PowerPoint so that we can send it ahead.

So soon we will be going down the road again… hold on for more adventures. I work hard on these videos and wondered whether you enjoy them.. if you watch it will you let me know.. just hit reply and I will see it. Thanks for your help!

Just Click on the link for a short video of our adventures:

https://vimeo.com/240411358

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping at Kent’s parents

October 20, 2017

We were parked at mom and dad’s small farm for five weeks. Our time started out with Kent preaching at mom and dad’s church. He did a great job! Mom and dad were so proud of him. Our dear friend Ed Karber also came to hear him and my neice Jana. It was the first time Jana had ever heard him speak!

Since we do come to work around the farm, dad had some ideas what he wanted done. There were bushes to trim, trees to trim and even the grape arbor… the plum tree and the grape arbor were the last week as we had to first help harvest the crops. The plums weren’t as big of a crop as last year but the grapes were another good harvest.

After having lots of fruit canned when we left last year..I decided to buy fruit to can. So I bought peaches, pears and apples and canned them to my hearts content. With a good grape harvest I also made some grape jelly for us and for mom and dad. We also harvested the squash that are excellent for pies or breads etc. so I baked the one dad gave to me and froze mine…whatever I had not used to make a pumpkin soup that is. So besides the outside work, I was busy canning too. We are so grateful for the harvest and whatever Kent’s parents are willing to share with us. They also share a lot with the local food bank and other various friends that stopped by or that we shared the extra green beans etc.  It is fun to see how much joy the folks get out of sharing from their garden.

We also hosted Kent’s sister, her husband and her daughter and new husband with mom and dad for dinner one night. It was fun to be able to help and be there to take them to the Drs, stores, and even the YMCA and to several other outings. It was a blessing being there.

Click here for pics of our projects:  https://vimeo.com/238416428

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers