Archive for the ‘On the road’ Category

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

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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

A trip to Yakima and Leavenworth

September 22, 2017

Our friends Lynn and Bill Cox that we stayed with last summer live in Yakima, WA. It is a fruit growing valley, so I contacted Lynn to see if there was still some good peaches for canning. She said YES! So Kent and I asked if we could come and get some…and stay with her and Bill. She said yes,  but that Bill was going to be gone! But Lynn said come and stay with me while Bill was gone.. so we did. Once there I also picked apples and pears for canning too. There was a YouPick place just down the road from their house..

We also went to church with Lynn and had such a nice greeting from everyone. Kent even got to share for a bit at a meeting after church.. so that was good. Kent got to visit his two cousins there and some others as well.so it was a busy but profitable weekend.

On our way back we ran into some of the fire that was burning in Cle Elum and then it cleared up again, thankfully!

 

 


After that we stopped for lunch in Leavenworth, which is known for German food. So we had brats. They were delicious and had all kinds of toppings.

 

 

We had another stop along the way. We saw a walk along a path to a river and forested area… so we did that too.

 

Then we headed backwards to our RV house! It was a great fun weekend!

check this video for the picture of our adventures:https://Vimeo.com/23475108

Love, jan for the Roaming Reimer’s

Traveling this spring

June 5, 2017

We continued our travels on to Washington. We drove through Nevada, a little bit of California and a lot of Oregon and finally arriving in Pacific area of Washington state. We loved traveling along and watching the changing scenery as Kent drove.

I, at times would rest in our bunk behind Kent so I could take our days which were shorter but seemed long to me.

We arrived in Western Washington and had several days of rain before the sun came out but we were sooooooooo glad to see green again that the rain didn’t bother us.

I hope you enjoy our trip to the NW. You can see the changing landscape as we traveled. We were so glad to see green nd then trees and then finally tall trees of the Pacific Northwest. One picture shows a little bit of the bug population that we encountered as well as we found farmland along the way. Even the first day of traveling in the rain did not dampen our spirits as we were grateful to be in the Northwest again! We found the spring flowering trees and even a rainbow on a walk in Portland.

Please check out this video for more pictures.

https://vimeo.com/220100687

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Praise God with us for our Good news!

May 4, 2017

May 2nd Kent and I went back to my oncologist. We were thrilled to hear that the second opinion on the pelvic wash that one pathologist thought was cancer….well the second pathologist said it was inflammatory cells. Yea!! This was very much what we and many others have prayed for! We are so grateful for all those that have prayed for us and this answer!

Sooo because of this good news we felt free to leave HOT Phoenix and we left the next day! We stopped today in Las Vegas to see Kent’s dear uncle and wife. Uncle Mel was pretty sick last week with a infection but was doing pretty good today! He and I both wore out early and we went a bit further for a stop overnight.

Praise God with us as we are so encouraged by this news! By the way, most women have no more problems with this cancer coming back since the entire organs are gone especially when it is not in the lymph nodes etc.  I will have to have check ups every three months which I am grateful for.  My doctor has a friend another oncologist in the Northwest which I can go to for my in between checks. Yeah! Another God thing!

 

Again, thanks you all that prayed! We also have a place to stay for the summer! Our new friends Bruce and Melody have a beautiful home and some acreage and have invited us to come and park there! We are so excited to do this! Another answered prayer!

May God give you a blessing today too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

More travels and battery fixes

November 23, 2016

So after we left the retreat we drove a few hundred miles to Santa Clarita and were kindly allowed to park in the back parking lot of a Baptist church. This was taken in their parking lot. We went to church there and enjoyed this stay very much!

Then we drove to Palm Springs, no, not for the reason you might think…we were having some battery issues and so we had an appointment at the factory that made them. We have the Lithium Ion batteries and the computer control that makes them work.

The owner Bill and his wife Andi and staff all welcomed us. We even gave any that wanted a tour of our RV Home. It was a a bit smaller building than I’d expected but everyone was so helpful that I was very grateful for them all. We were given a tour of the business and found Bill to be very varied in the types of things he does. And quite brilliant to understand all of the different things that the company was doing. Wow, I was blown away.

We had to take a bunch of stuff out of the basement to get to the batteries. So Kent did that and showed Bill what was going on. He assured Kent it could be fixed in a short order. So they got busy on it, when it was a few hours and it wasn’t fixed and things put back for us to get out of their back parking lot…well it was a bit more complex than Bill thought. They did think they had it fixed but then it was about 7 pm and too late for us to move. So they gave us permission to stay the night. I ran to our truck and pulled out some freshly made applesauce and shared with Bill and Andi. Overnight things seemed good but something did happen and again we had th same problem. Back to the drawing board so to speak…and after testing and talking and looking at things, Bill and Kent figured out the problem. We had to wait until a new battery monitor control computer was made. So once that was in and more testing was done..Kent put things back together and then I could help put our stuff back in and get ready to go down the road a bit.

Some pictures:

We were so grateful for these guys and their help. We would be very glad to buy batteries from them again and would recommend their batteries to anyone. Please check them out if you are interested in this type of batteries or anything that they might be able to help you with.

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We only went about an hour that day just to get out of the city and to a safe place to stay the night. Then the next day we drove on to Yuma, AZ. We were pretty tired by the time we got here and so kind of crashed. I took a long nap in the afternoon. We were parking on our friends lot and they were coming a few days later.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

My Birthday

October 31, 2016

It was that time of year again! I believe that you should celebrate, because that God has given you another year of life and influence! I always hear from our grown children usually just after my husband has wished me the first Happy Birthday of the day. This year our son got to me first thing and our daughter sent a video hello and good birthday wishes with her almost two year old son!

Well, the first thing after that we did, was go to Denny’s restaurant for my free birthday grand slam, which is two eggs, four pieces of meat and two pancakes. Well I didn’t want that much starch so opted for an English muffin instead and shared some of themeat with Kent..that was good. We then got some computer work done there. Then we stopped by Firehouse Subs and got a free sub for my birthday. I was glad to split that with Kent!

We then went back to our RV house and our friends Debbie and Dwain were there a few minutes later! They have a lot in Yuma, AZ and had invited us to come and see them there! We have been friends for about 7 years now and haven’t seen each other for about a year! They also have a big truck and big RV home and had been traveling back east this summer. So it was very good to see them and spend about 10 days together starting with my Birthday. We went out to Longhorn Steakhouse for a steak dinner dinner and it was delicious and I got to ride on a saddle while the waiters sang me a happy birthday song. We also went to Cold Stone Creamery for a free ice cream as well. Debbie and Dwain made it special by being with us today!

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Thanks for all the wishes and I am so glad for another year of life and ministry!

love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Traveling

October 31, 2016

Yes, we are back on the road. We have been traveling through fall weather in Oregon and even got caught in the tail end of that storm of the century which didn’t turn out so bad after all. Thankfully! BUT we did pack up load our car in the pouring rain one day! We really don’t like to do that, as when you hurry to get done, you can make a mistake! We went out in the rain again and re-checked things, just in case! And no we didn’t catch a cold because of the rain!

So we were driving through western Oregon but not the coast. Although we love the coast and do hope to go there next fall! We got to see our dear friend Phil who helped Kent to do the truck modifications to carry our Smart Car in spring 2015. Phil’s wife Jeannie was away with family in a quilting retreat! That sounded like fun too!But we did miss seeing her too!

We were in a bit of a hurry as we had to be in Southern California for a retreat with co- workers. We had a wonderful time connecting with these other mission workers and times of prayer and reflection which really helped me.  It was a bit of a hairy drive to this retreat center but once there is was great! It was in a more remote area and the wild turkeys and Mule deer were abundant and not at all afraid of us! There were lots of trees and beautiful scenery which added to my healing calmness.

Some  pictures…

More pictures of the SILVER Spur Retreat Center

It was a great retreat and then we continued down the road.

love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Travel and good vists

October 17, 2016

We have been “on the road again” as the song that is sung by Willie Nelson. We do enjoy our freedom to go down the road. And the beautiful scenery and great friends that we get to visit along the way.

We were a part of a missions conference in Seattle and had a wonderful time there. Some of our WorldVenture colleagues helped us and it was great to get to know them a bit better too. We also saw missionary friends of many years, here she and I are standing at her booth. These weekend conferences are pretty busy so it was a fun time to have lunch with Cindy and her husband.

We have seen some new friends recently that live at the base of Mt Rainer. It was such a lovely spot to stop for a few days of rest with Bruce and Melody. God gave us three beautiful days to enjoy that lovely scenery. Here is a picture of their house with Mt Rainier in he background. The fall is a very hard time to get this view so we were so very grateful! These friends have a place that they are fixing up as a guesthouse to give pastors and missionaries a retreat. They want it to be a ministry for them at this point in their lives. Stay tuned for more information once they are ready for guests in that place.

We also got to see my niece Jana again as she is living now in Washington. It was so nice to see her again.

Pictures of friends and my niece too and some scenery we have seen along the way!

We are currently in Oregon and are a part of a huge storm that has hit the North west this fall. Thankfully where we are has not had the high winds that were predicted for here! And after three days of hard rain, today we even saw the sun some! Yeah! But another night of torrential rain and some wind and we were ready to leave the Northwest!

We are looking for some sunshine today and warmer climates too!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ending our time in the SW and going to the NW

April 23, 2016

Yes, I can not believe how quickly these past few months have gone. We have been in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix for 6 months. Now it is time to go to the Northwest again. Some of this winter went very slow and some fast as these last few weeks have been.

Kent and I have been attending First Baptist church of Tempe and last week we joined it. We have been quite involved here this winter and hope it will increase in the fall when we return.

I met a young Brazilian lady  named Nayara at the ladies Bible Study. I was too excited as I went to her and attempted to use my Portuguese. She was very gracious. We did meet her husband and another couple as well. We all went to dinner together and I got to hear Felipe’s testimony of coming to Christ just recently. I was very encouraged that he shared it in Portuguese and I understood all of it. Yeah! We hope to see them more when we return as one of the couples is interested in serving the Lord.

 

We are now “on the road” and headed to Yakima, Washington for the summer. Yakima is in the south central part of Washington. They have tons of vineyards, orchards and other farming in the area. We look forward to getting to know some fellow believers and working with several churches there that are interested in having Kent come and help them. I am praying about how I can be of help too.

On our way we did stop to see Kent’s older uncle who has Parkinson’s and recently went into the Veterans’ home to be better cared of. It was great to see Uncle Mel and all the family that are in the area.This picture of Uncle Mel, wife Chris and Kent and I was taken in October when we visited them.

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Jan for the Roaming Reimers