2013 Year in review

We so enjoy what we are doing in ministry and life. Here are some of the highlights of this past year for you to praise God with us for His many blessings.

January 2013

We flew to Denver to be at the new installation of our mission’s new President. We love Jeff and are so glad that he was chosen and he is doing a good job for the mission.

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One of the other blessing of going to Denver is that we get to see our daughter Kara and her husband Nick. We went to the Celestial Seasoning Tea company and had a tour. I love teas and we got to try as many as we wanted of their teas.

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February

Life and work in Phoenix. Kent coached a ton of people this spring. Most of his coachees are going full time. So there is a lot of excitement and hard work in these new missionary candidates. I continue to volunteer at Arizona Christian University in gardening. Here is what my flowers looked like.

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We also had some long time friends visit in February with their 4 dogs.

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March

Kent and I represented WorldVenture at Biola University in Los Angeles area. What a good week of mission connections. We met a ton of students interested in serving the Lord in missions.

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We also got to re-connect with a first cousin of Kent’s and two couples that are friends and have been ministry partners for 30 years . We are so grateful for friends like this.

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April

Besides the ongoing ministry and volunteer responsibilities in April,  we flew once again to Portland, Oregon for a Mission Pastors and wives retreat.

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While we were there we also got to see Kent’s only sister Leann and husband Ken.  Fun times.

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May

We had the great privilege to go to Great Britain and see so much of it. This was an especially “looked forward to” trip. Kent and I have thought of going there for over 10 years.  When my (Jan’s) mother’s estate was settled and using free flights because of flight miles, well it made it possible. What a very special time it was! We were there for our 38th Wedding anniversary, Mother’s Day and my mom’s birthday. I felt her presence as we so enjoyed it all. As a last gift to me(and Kent) from her. Very, very treasured times!

We so many things. Three highlights from that trip are:  We met some very special people. Here is one of the couples: Ivette and Jeff  that celebrated their 30th anniversary on our bus tour together.

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We got to go to “Evening prayers” at Westminster Abbey in London. Awesome building and service too. No pictures inside during the service but here is one from outside.

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We also saw loads of flowers. Lots of gardens that were free and flowers everywhere. This was taken at the garden outside of Kensington Palace. Beautiful!

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June

We traveled in our RV house to the east coast to visit and thank all the wonderful, faithful ministry partners that we have had for 35 years. We started out in Arizona and had stops in Colorado, Nebraska,  Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We saw Kara our daughter as we passed through Denver  and also we had a week with our son Josh , Teresa and 7 year old Silas.

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We got to see tons of supporters and dear long time friends that we love.

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Kent preaching in a supporting church.

July 

We parked our RV house in PA for July and August and took our little car for trips to in Northern PA, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Kent was speaking every Sunday and one Sunday four times on a Sunday morning.

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We were able to get to see all the people who sponsor us financially and many others as well. Kent was still coaching new missionaries as well.  He had meetings with several that are potential candidates for the mission as well.

Here is a long time friend who was a missionary from age 65 -90. She is living in PA now and closer to family. We went out to lunch and had some fun time laughing.

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In July we also got to re-connect with some long time friends of my (Jan’s) family. My family has known this family since before I was born. Many of them got together when we were able to visit with them in New Jersey. One family hosted us in their “shore” house which thankfully was still standing after Storm Sandy. It was a privilege to see this family again. Here I am in the middle of the gathering.

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August

After visiting many supporters  the end of August found us moving our RV house to Kentucky. We got to park at Kent’s brother’s business in rural Kentucky. We so enjoyed seeing their family over Labor Day weekend and seeing Kent’s brother more as we came and went. Here is Ron and his family.

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September

We again left our RV parked and went in our car to see supporters in Southern Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, and North Carolina on a really good trip.

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 We also got to see some newer friends that we met who also used to live in a RV and now live in a new house in North Carolina.

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New Experience  in September

I(Jan) then set off for a first time experience. I flew to New Hampshire to share at a Ladies retreat. I have flown with Kent before but never have I done that all on my own.  I know that God used what I shared in the lives of those ladies as many came and talked with me afterwards.  God used this sharing in my life more than I can say for me as well. I came home tired but renewed too!

From this picture you can see that Camp Monadnock is not the only camp on this road.

The scenery and history of this area also was a treat to experience.

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Another trip in September

The next week both of us flew to Denver for meetings with our SouthWest Team. That was a fun and productive time as well. Flying back to our RV house we then packed up and moved the RV through St Louis and on to Kansas City, Missouri. That was the last week of September.

October

We parked our RV house again on a friend’s side yard. We had lived in KC for 9 years so had lots of friends to catch up with. We had some very special visits with these long time friends from the first night parked here.

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Another Flying trip in October

We also flew to Portland, Oregon for two different conferences.  Kent was interviewed at teh one conference. Also we got to see Kent’s sister LeAnn and husband Ken while at these conferences. We even had one day to go and enjoy the sunshine and see Mt Hood in the background.

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In addition we went to visit Kent’s parents in Washington as well. We got to help with gardening and lawn mowing and whatever they needed.  We got to see Kent’s niece and her new house.

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We had our second conference to be a part of. This is one that we have been a part of  for the past few years called Seattle Mission Fest. Many of the churches of Seattle come together to hold an all city mission conference. It was a good conference. Then flying bak to our RV house in Kansas City, MO. We were able to connect with some more old time friends.

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Fall colors starting to show.

We had said goodbye but that night it rained a long hard rain..and we were parked on grass and felt we should stay put for at least a day with out rain for things to dry out a bit. And that day was my birthday…so we went around KC doing all kinds of things for free! I was grateful we didn’t have to move on my birthday, this was way more fun!

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November

We went to visit a first cousin of Kent’s in Arkansas. That was a fun visit. We have not seen her for over 30 years. The fall color was beautiful as we drove through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Panhandle of Texas and New Mexico and finally arriving in Phoenix on November 12th.

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As we then wound our way towards Phoenix, AZ. We arrived on November 12th. But several days before we got a call from Kent’s sister that Mom and Dad Reimer had been in a car accident. They were in the hospital and Mom in ICU. After three weeks they were both home. We were so grateful. Our daughter Kara went to help them and sister LeAnn and was there for three weeks. Here is a picture of them after while recuperating at home.

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December

Kent and I were back in the same place to park our Rv in Phoenix.Kent started back full time coaching and I started doing the volunteer gardening at Arizona Christian University.  We were very glad to be settled for awhile.

For Christmas all our family went to Denver where Kara and Nick hosted us. We all had a GREAT family time together. We spoiled 8 year old Silas and just enjoyed hanging out together.

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We are so grateful for the wonderful blessed year that we have had. We pray that you have a wonderful 2014.

Love Jan and Kent for the Roaming Reimers

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