Archive for March, 2010

New Friends

March 28, 2010

We are parked here at the South Western college campus and there are a lot of other volunteers here too. There is a group called RVICS which means Roving volunteers in Christ’s Service. there are 7 couples here and they have been here for 3 months. They are about to finish their project and will be leaving soon.

We have become a “sort of” family. We have so enjoyed these wonderful Christian couples and we have tried to help them while they were here too. The ladies decided that they wanted to do something together. So we had heard about a “Tea shop”. We knew this wouldn’t be something that our husbands would appreciate, so the ladies went there. It was such fun! We a very good tea and good desserts. But the best part was just to fellowship together! I will miss these ladies and their husbands too. They all leave this week.

RVICS Ladies Tea

RVICS Ladies having Tea

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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Spring flowers

March 21, 2010

I have written before about working here on the campus of South Western college for our hookup. My job has been to plant and maintain the flowers on campus. I had fun planning the beds and planting in January while most of the country was under snow or in cold weather. As you can probably tell, I enjoy caring for plants and watching them grow.

Since it is only early spring in most parts of the country I thought you might like to see how my flowers are growing.

Here is what I first started with:

Here is what it looked like right after I planted over 600 plants

After planting the flowers in January 2010

What it looks like now. Much better, don’t you think? I do!

My goal is to keep them looking pretty for graduation May 8th. That shouldn’t be hard at all. But by then the temps will be near the 100 degree mark and after graduation they will not survive much longer because of the intense desert heat.

So I thought you might enjoy seeing my little project.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Why do you live in an RV?

March 17, 2010

Because we live in an RV, we are often asked, if we are retired. We are very much still working and Ministry for everyone looks different for each person. So let me tell a little story about a trip we recently returned from. Earlier in the month we moved our home and office on wheels to Yuma, Arizona. I contacted several pastors in planning our trip, however one Pastor asked me to call him “as soon as we got settled in town.”

Two years ago I first visited this church and met with the pastor and leaders. It was obvious that God was about to do some exciting things.

Now this time when I returned the pastor wanted to send several couples with WorldVenture. So he set me up to interview and coach a number of couples looking into career missions in the future. Here is what happened in a week at Grace Bible Fellowship.

First, a couple who are both Doctors, he just finished a D.Min from Dallas Theological Seminary and is applying to go to Sri’ Lanka to teach at the Colombo Theological Seminary. He will also develop CE curriculum and start an MA program for the seminary. His wife is a pediatrician and will be serving in a local hospital, as well as medical work among refugees in the northern part of the country.

The next couple I interviewed is the Music & Worship Leader and also teaches at the local middle school. His wife grew up as a child of missionaries in the Middle East and knows Arabic. They want to serve overseas where he can teach in a school for missionary children and she can help in a church planting effort in the Arabic speaking community.

The next interview was an independent missionary from just across the border in Mexico. He has started 6 churches and the pastor realizes he needs to be connected to a mission agency.

Next the pastor’s son is interested in going to Africa on Journey Corps for a year taking a year out of college. For more information look up; http://myjourneycorps.com/

And finally the pastor himself has asked the church for time off to go to overseas and teach a modular in a Seminary. I also met with some of the leaders, thinking of how to put together a short term trip with long term effectiveness to Sri’ Lanka next December.

All of these interviews came as a result of a little church that wants to be intentional about equipping every member and involving each person in serving the Lord.

This sounds like I spend a lot of time interviewing people wanting to get into missions. I do, and I spend time helping churches to be intentional about their purpose and the result is God is glorified as people serve Him.

Well ministry looks different for each person and we have the privilege of helping both church and individuals get involved overseas.

Solar and off the Grid

March 17, 2010

I’ve had a little project going the last few weeks. Because of our type of ministry, we are finding ourselves increasing at places without adequate hookups. Like Church parking lots, campus parking lots, as well as along the road as we travel from place to place. So with the drop in prices of Solar equipment prices, I have undertaken to get us off the Grid.
It started with totally rewiring our Battery boxes. One of the things that I learned on my quest to accomplish this project is that battery wiring is often overlooked. I upgraded all of the battery cables from a #4 wire to 4/0 cable. This is a significantly larger cable. Then I hooked up a shunt to connect a meter so I could monitor the actual amps and volts.

When the boxes were finished I wired in the Solar Controller. This basically controls the amount of electricity that goes to the battery. Not wanting to overcharge it on a sunny day and wanting to make the most of a cloudy day.

When all of the wiring was done in the basement… I went to the roof.

Moving the panels both into place as well as mounting them in such a way that they will not have a shadow fall on them is very important.

Well it took about 40 hours to get the project finished and when I threw the switches… it worked. I went out and pulled the plug and we were off the grid. Except for running the air conditioner and the clothes dryer, we are set up and can live without being hooked to electricity. Thanks for reading about this little project, I have simplified the process not wanting to be overly technical but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Off the Grid

March 17, 2010

I’ve had a little project going the last few weeks. Because of our type of ministry, we are finding ourselves increasing at places without adequate hookups. Like Church parking lots, campus parking lots, as well as along the road as we travel from place to place. So with the drop in prices of Solar equipment prices, I have undertaken to get us off the Grid.
It started with totally rewiring our Battery boxes. One of the things that I learned on my quest to accomplish this project is that battery wiring is often overlooked. I upgraded all of the battery cables from a #4 wire to 4/0 cable. This is a significantly larger cable. Then I hooked up a shunt to connect a meter so I could monitor the actual amps and volts.

When the boxes were finished I wired in the Solar Controller. This basically controls the amount of electricity that goes to the battery. Not wanting to overcharge it on a sunny day and wanting to make the most of a cloudy day.

When all of the wiring was done in the basement… I went to the roof.

Moving the panels both into place as well as mounting them in such a way that they will not have a shadow fall on them is very important.

Well it took about 40 hours to get the project finished and when I through the switches… it worked. I went out and pulled the plug and we were off the grid. Except for running the air conditioner and the clothes dryer, we are set up. Thanks for reading about little project, I have simplified the process but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Old picture new test

March 17, 2010

Good friends come for visit

March 17, 2010

We’ve been back in Phoenix for about 2 weeks now. We have had some nice warmer weather but also a lot of rain. Today is a rainy day and a bit cool, which means in the 50’s. We know compares to other parts of the country this is actually not cold.

We have had a great visit with some of our faithful supporters. Mike and Daylene have supported us for over 30 years. We met them even before we had our children.  It is fun to pass through life together with a great couple like this.

Mike is avid “shooter” and was at a Trap shoot competition for his vacation near Tucson,Arizona getting he and Daylene away from Cold Colorado.  It was great to see them. We always do a lot of laughing when together. That is good for everyone!

We do praise God for good friends like this that continue to stand behind us faithfully.

Jan for the Roving Reimers

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March 17, 2010

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