Archive for January, 2018

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