Archive for June, 2018

A fun excursion

June 29, 2018

My mother’s siblings have gotten together for lunch once a month for about 10 years now. It is always fun to meet up with them at these lunches. Several of the siblings are finding it harder to come as my moms closest sister is over 90 and one brother too. So these special lunches are a real treat!

I did mention to my two aunts present at the last lunch that I wanted to know if any of them liked gardens like my grandmother, their mother did. My aunt Ethel immediately said she did! And in fact there was going to be a garden tour near me the next week! I said “ let’s go together!” And so it was settled.

We had a great time and went to 8 different gardens. I also enjoyed the older stone houses on the properties. There are so many old houses from around 1700’s in this area. We were a bit disappointed that there were less flowers blooming but that was due to the rainy weather this spring and not the owner’s fault.

We still had an enjoyable day with lunch in the middle to visit a bit more! I was so glad as I haven’t had time over the years to get to know Aunt Ethel all that much so this was a treat!

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jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A farewell and a celebration

June 28, 2018

Our dear friend Betty Jane passed into Jesus presence! We were all glad her suffering on this earth are over! Kent and I will be at the services for her tomorrow with the family. Kent is sharing at the graveside service which is just for the  family. It is a privilege to do that!

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The very same day… Kent’s father turned 97! It was nice to talk to them.. he was making pancakes for breakfast as we tried to wish him a Happy Birthday! They have planted their large garden and are enjoying some things already. We are very grateful for dad’s health and strength. And for mom’s health too! They still live on, their own which is remarkable! We took this picture in this January when we visited them.

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We are so grateful for both of these events. And grateful to God for great parents and also wonderful friends that God has placed in our lives! Take a moment to call, email, or text someone close to you…it means a lot to them!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

More visits to wonderful friends and supporters

June 21, 2018

We have been busy with more visits and so grateful for the wonderful friends and supporters we have had over the years. We have also visited with several of Jan’s nieces and nephews and one niece and husband of Kent’s that lives in this area too!

God has been blessing us in these visits but we are praying that we’ve been a blessing to them as well! It has a been a whirlwind at times but we are so grateful to have soooooo many friends in this area. We are BLESSED!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Saying goodbye to a wonderful friend

June 19, 2018

We were all set to visit our friends in Washington DC today… but GOD had other plans. We were about 30 minutes into our trip when we got a call from our friend, Sue saying that her mom, whom we know and love too was doing poorly.

She has been in a medical facility where she’d been for a several months. We visited Betty J with her husband Lee our first week here. She didn’t seem so good then but did speak a little. She has had Parkinson’s for awhile now.

Betty was a RN and even worked at the facility where she now lay. It is so hard to see her like this, but she will soon be with her beloved Jesus. She also lost a daughter in an accident when the daughter was 4 1/2 years old. She will soon be seeing her again! In listening to Lee tell this story again, I couldn’t imagine how difficult it was. Well, her daughter also told me of other difficulties and tragedies that she had in her life.. it made me realize that I wish I could have more time to ask her how she dealt with all of this…But part of me knows! God helped them through all of it!

Betty is a sweet person and generally a quiet person as her husband was a talker, she used to say she didn’t have to talk! Parkinson’s has changed her pretty dramatically and it is hard for her husband and daughters and families to see her like this.

She and her husband have supported us in many ways over the years…they encouraged me as a teen and then Kent and I. Lee loved Kent because he was in aviation like he had been. They prayed for and with us, they hosted us for meals, they leant us a car when ours was in the shop for repairs, they drove us to New York to the airport, they drove us to Baltimore airport, Lee took Kent to an antique car show while we waited for our visas to be granted, they have financially supported us for years now as well! I am sure there are other ways too but these are some of the ways they have been vital to our ministry and life!

Their daughter and son-in-law have also supported us for most of our 40 years of ministry as I was in youth group with Sue and Kent knew them both and graduated with them from Bible College many years ago.

So we have a strong emotional and spiritual connection with this whole family! In some ways, I feel a little bit like losing my mom again in Betty passing into eternity. I am sooo very grateful that we saw her two weeks ago and then to spend some hours with the family today.. what a treat for us! Just to be there at the bedside to try to encourage and be of help and to pray!

Thank you for sharing your lives with us, Betty J and Lee. Thanks Betty for being the sweet godly woman to a teen like I was who had no idea of the Christian life and marriage.. thanks Betty for the kindnesses you and Lee have shown us over the years!

I know you will be fine in heaven..and your body no longer will hurt and your mind won’t be confused anymore…for that we are all grateful! But we will miss you so much!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing good friends and supporters

June 18, 2018

This past weekend we went to a town in central Pennsylvania where there is a small church that has supported us for our entire 40 years of ministry. This church is so encouraging to Kent and I and we always come away refreshed!

40 years ago we stayed with a couple that had 2 of their boys about 6 and 8 years old as well as a daughter and older son. These two little boys grew up and are still in this church.. one of them Peter has a son that is 6 now.. and he remarked that his son is the age that he was when he first met us. Wow! That gave all of us perspective on how long this relationship has been. We now stay with this son that is grown up and has several children of his own. We love Peter and Melanie and all of their children.. their older son just graduated and daughter is not far behind. We had a great relaxing time with them. We also saw Ron and Joyce, as Ron traveled with Kent on a missions trip. Ron and Joyce have supported us for many years as well. It was fun seeing their house and garden and his paintings! And Peter’s parents also traveled to Mali, W. Africa on a work team with our whole family. Great memories!

We also stopped in another town about an hour away that another supporter lives in. Thelma has supported us faithfully for many years as well.

And before we left on this trip my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side have been meeting together for lunch every month and so we caught up with them at the restaurant. Some couldn’t make it but we enjoyed those that could.

God is giving us many good visits and we are so grateful for all of these wonderful, supportive people!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling east and finding fun places to stay

June 10, 2018

We have been traveling along many red or country roads for the last few weeks. Kent and I really enjoy that. We both were raised on farms and so really enjoy these drives.

We are always on the look out for low overpasses and small bridges and places to pull off the road safely due to the weight of our RV house and the big truck so we can enjoy all these places. Just the same we do find all kinds of fun places to stay.

Kent has an app for his mobile devices that helps us find some of these places to park overnight for free. Yes, that is right for FREE! Now some of you know that Walmart’s often allow an RV to park overnight in their parking lots. I am sure some of you have seen RVs parking at some Walmarts near you. And we do park at some Walmarts. But there are lots of other places to park for free.

Of course, having friends or family with big enough property for us to park on has been one of the biggest blessings on this trip. And when needed they gave us electric…so we can use either heater(when it is cold) or air conditioning when it is hot or humid! We also got some fresh water from some hosts and several have allowed us to wash our clothes too.

Some of you are wondering what do you do about dumping our tanks? Well, we look for places like campgrounds, fairgrounds and other places that will allow us to dump either for free or a few dollars. Now we are not unwilling to park in a RV campground or other places where we have full hookup BUT we feel like it is like a treasure hunt to find places where we don’t have to pay…to stay.

So here is a collage of some of the places including friend’s houses where we have parked for free… you can see some of them were in the country and some more in the city but all interesting and fun!

We have now traveled through the following states…leaving Arizona, traveling through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.

We have driven on a few major highways but many more smaller red or side roads..we try to avoid dirt roads as the stones might damage our RV and truck😒! We love driving through the small towns… some have been as small as less than 100 and of course some large cities as well.

We have met many wonderful people on our way. We have been in churches and even a Cowboy Church in Colorado. We have met people in parks, in parking lots, some stores, in a few restaurants.

And we have seen lots of scenery along the way. From the red rocks of Utah to the rolling hills of Iowa and Nebraska to the flatter farmland of Illinois and Indiana to the beautiful scenery in Michigan and finally the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. We have seen all kinds of crops being raised…corn, soybeans, northern beans, wheat, and alfalfa…this only what we could see from the roads. We heard about hydroponic tomatoes being raised in a huge greenhouse in Nebraska.

We have seen all kinds of herds of cattle, goats, alpacas and a HUGE sheep herd that we had to slowly drive along with them as they were being herded by horse and sheep dog around us and other motorists in Colorado. And in Pennsylvania have seen the many herds of dairy cows.

We have had a lot for fun, finding places for lunch along the way…we try to find a place to stop and have lunch in our RV but often meet some locals in the process. One day in Nebraska a local came to see if we had broken down or needed any help? Kent chatted with him and got to know a lot about the little town we had stopped in! We really enjoy the small towns and don’t mind slowing down to enjoy them.

We also have had tons of people slow down their vehicles as they drive past us. So they can take a picture or video of us and our unusual rig carrying our little smart car…

We find the people of America to be so friendly and helpful! And we love traveling through it to find those people. We feel so fortunate to be a citizen of this great country and able to travel from state to state and meeting all these wonderful people and many of them are our dear friends who have supported us through these 40 years of ministry!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our final day driving for some time

June 7, 2018

We drove our last day in our RV house for some months. We drove into Pennsylvania and overnighted at a Walmart parking lot for our last night on the road. Then we did some office work in the morning and took our time driving to our destination.

We so enjoyed our drive through the rolling green hills and valleys of north western and central PA. It is beautiful as they have had lots of rain and everything is very green!

We were wondering if we would have to drive in a rainstorm, but were very grateful to get to Lancaster and get parked and even electricity for our rig before a summer down pour pelted us! We were so glad to be off the road and parked before that. It rained hard for several minutes but continued to rain for several hours.

It was so good to get off the road and get settled. We are parked on some new friend’s property. We met Lee and Pam in Arizona this winter and when we told them our dilemma to find a place to park our rig for the summer… they offered to host us! How very nice! We all went to church together and then to lunch and met some of their friends. It was so nice and a warm Pennsylvania welcome!

Last night we went to see our dear friend’s Jack and Jean and also Joyce another dear friend came. We all had a wonderful first visit! We are now planning many other visits. Many friends to visit and so we will be here for several months. So thanks for those who have prayed for us along the way!

And for those concerned about our truck… I am writing this blog from a truck repair place today…so soon our truck will be even better!

We are praising God for His protection on the road and provision of a place to park.

Looking forward to seeing many more friends in the next weeks and months!

May God Bless you this summer too!

Jan

For the Roaming Reimers

Some more ways God is caring for us

June 5, 2018

When we left hot and humid Michigan and drove to Ohio to see friends.. we realized that the truck’s air conditioning had stopped working! Well, we both looked at each other and said “it was hotter in Brazil” and opened our windows and kept driving.

When we stopped for lunch Kent was able to locate a dealership and they would look at the truck the next morning so once we were parked. We visited Doug and Jo and told them… they prayed and God answered all of our prayers!

The truck repair place said IF it would be less than 4 hours, they could fix it. And they were able to!

Yeah! The last few days in the summer heat and humidity was much more comfortable! Thanks for praying and thank you God!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A mini brothers’ reunion

June 4, 2018

We are traveling to see family and friends and supporters… well some people are both. Kent’s two brothers and wives have supported us in many ways over these 40 years and they have even supported us financially too! It is always a pleasure to see his older brother Ron and his younger brother Glen and their wives and families.

We three couples talked, laughed and reminisced and ate. Glen and Jamie hosted us, although Kent and I stayed in our RV house. Jamie had meals planned and treated us so well.

Kent’s sister joined us by phone for a bit too! Also Glen contacted a childhood friend of the brothers and he even came over for several hours visit.

This time it was mostly the couples visiting although Glen’s two adult children joined us for a day and brought delicious food with them. Our neice, Glen’s daughter Dee loves to cook..really is a Gourmet cook. She brought some very English tea food in honor of the Prince’s wedding. We did of course, also have some tea to go with this delicious food!

We went to Glen & Jamie’s new church and enjoyed that so much and then out for a Chinese restaurant that had a buffet. We sat, ate and talked for several hours. It was so fun to visit and no one had to worry about the food. So that gave our hosts a little break too.

It was a fun time and I suggested we do it again in a few years. Thanks Glen and Jamie for hosting us this time!

The three brothers

The three wives

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting long time friends and supporters

June 4, 2018

Our next stop was in Ohio. We have had some friends and supporters from this area since 1984. A church here supported us and through the church we had some individuals who also supported us. One of the couples Doug and Jo had a dinner for several of our friends in the area. They also hosted us for a dinner the first day we arrived as well! Thanks Jo for all the meals!

Doug had arranged for us to park on the church’s parking lot and that was a bit help too! Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support over these many years!

One evening we saw this beautiful view…

We also had some other long time friends in he area but they didn’t know these others. Cindy and John came as newlyweds to help us in Alaska in the early 80’s. They were a group of 4 young people helping with VBS in our church and other projects that we needed doing. Since then they have 4 children all grown up now and two married that will soon have their first grandchildren.

We have tried to maintain contact over the years but haven’t seen the. For 9 years so it wa a treat to be able to see them again too! We needed much more time then the short almost w hours that we had…John is a teacher and had to get to work.. They found this quaint restaurant and we all had breakfast together.

As I said, we needed much more time to chat and catch up..but perhaps that will have to wait for heaven! It was great to see them and see how they are doing and hear a bit about their wonderful family! May God continue to bless you and your family, John and Cindy!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers