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A very special conference

July 10, 2018

This past week Kent and I flew to Denver. Then spent a few days with Kara and family.

We then boarded a bus with many of our WorldVenture missionaries for a ride into the Rocky Mountains. It was a blast mingling and getting to know some of our young and also retired missionaries. There was one couple that had served in a remote part of the world, now retired. We’d only ever heard of them but had not had the opportunity to meet them. It was a pleasure!

We all had gathered for the 75th anniversary of our mission. The program consisted of lots of stories showing the history of our mission, much of which we didn’t know  and how many of our people had to overcome obstacles and where they ended up. At one point, we were asked to stand if you had served on two different and diverse fields… there were many of us!

It was a fun time gathering around the tables for conversation and hearing and sharing of how God has lead us in ministry. It was exciting to hear about new ways of doing ministry! Also hearing of the many who have come to Christ and many churches and schools established. God is still building His church!

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Beautiful venue, blessed conference and wonderful fellowship! Happy 75 years old WorldVenture!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

 

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

Seeing friends who are adult children of dear friends

May 16, 2018

The next friends we visited also did support us. But our real connection is in being friends with the parents of Jena the wife and mother of his household. We were there when Jena graduated first from high school, then college and we also attended their wedding now a long time ago… We haven’t seen them in person for many years…probably since 2009. But we do keep in touch with their lives a bit through Jenas parents who we see and contact more frequently. Since we last saw them, their kids have all grown up! They are now looking into what is next! College, work etc! It seems hard to believe that they have grown up sooo fast! Jena and Scott now have 7 children from ages 17-3 years old, it is a beautiful and busy household with 4 boys and 3 girls and all those various ages to help, encourage, guide etc.

We shared some missionary stories and thanked them for their part in God’s ministry through and in us. It was so fun to see this family and to be a small part of their lives for one evening. They allowed us to park on their property and see their little farm. They also have sheep and had chickens… so it was a beautiful stop in all these ways!

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As you can see from this picture above…it was hard to get all of us together for a picture… but we sure had a good time!

Having a great time, Roaming the US.

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the beautiful countryside

May 15, 2018

Kent and I have been able to drive a lot of “red” roads recently. We do have to sure the overpasses and bridges can handle our height and a bit heavy rig and truck but we sooo enjoy the countryside.

We have been driivng through Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa recently.  It really is so encouraging to us, as we are two farmer kids, to see the fields plowed and planted with crops. We mostly have seen corn, beans, alfalfa and a little wheat and lots of grazing cattle and some sheep. The little green sprouts coming up with their bright “spring” green color are so fun to see!

We traveled to a small town in southern Iowa so also drove through lots of Iowa farming area too! The couple, Dave and Nancy that we went to see had supported us a long time ago and then had to stop because they kindly supported his sister and family in ministry. We certainly understood that and still wanted to find them and stop by to say Hi and thank them for supporting us back in the beginning of our ministry, when it particularly encouraged us to keep going. We had not seen them for about 34 years.

This is what they looked like when we last saw them…

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Dave and Nancy have a small acreage in a small town. It was such a pleasure to get re-acquainted and to hear about their children and grandchildren! And their dreams for their farm. We enjoyed their chickens, and their little puppy as well as their farm. Nancy allowed us to do some laundry as well. I really appreciated that too!

Kent was able to speak in their small church even being Mothers day! It was such a treat to meet the people and to share stories of Gods using missionaries around the world. We felt the people really enjoyed them too!

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Afterwards Nancy and Dave invited the pastor and his wife to have dinner with all of us. That was another blessing to get to know them a little too. We had a delicious meal prepared by Nancy, complete with a delicious Homemade Lemon Merangue Pie that we’d haven’t had for a long time.

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Before long it was time to go down the road. So it was hard to say goodbye, but Nancy had a fun way, with fresh eggs from their chickens, some beautiful “Lily’s of the Valley” bouquet to perfume my RV house as well as a thank you card… I felt like I should be giving her the thank you card! They certainly sent us off with a wonderful refreshed feeling! Thanks for your gracious hospitality, Dave and Nancy!

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Love and Gratitude especially to Dave and Nancy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A different trip

May 3, 2018

The next day after we realized that our truck would not be ready to pull our RV house, we left in our little Smart car to drive to Grand Junction, Colorado where Kent has another aunt and uncle and some first cousins. They graciously hosted us overnight and then we drove on to Denver. This trip all together was about 1,400 miles round trip… I have put together a short video showing the much varied landscape we drove through. The pictures were mostly taken through the windshield of our moving car..so you see some glare at times.

We got to stay with Kara, Nick and Ivan. Ivan and I took Kent to the airport the next morning. Ivan went with Kent and I to the airport using Kara’s car with the car seat of course…then Ivan and I had some fun before going back to their house. We stopped at Chick-fil-A and had a small ice cream cone! Yum!

We also found these really cool Batman sunglasses for Ivan! He really had fun with these!

and bath time fun too!

I stayed with Kara and family for the next few days and tried to help them with different things. We even did some trimming of bushes and digging out things that they didn’t wasn’t. After we got started, I found some “friends” living in the soil.

Now I am NOT at all a friend of snakes…sooo I kept my eye on this one as I worked and when he moved….so did I! It was a real exercise in keeping my FEAR in check! But he and I seemed to be ok for over an hour. The next day when we tried to work there, there were THREE more!!! So Kara and I decided to NOT work in that area that day, as we didn’t know where they were in the bushes and undergrowth as it was fairly thick! I think Kara is going to try to get someone to come and take them away… But I won’t be there again until July, so I don’t have to worry about them!

I loved having Ivan come to my bedroom and “wake” me up even when he came in and jumped on me!😀

I did get to babysit for Kara several times and one afternoon I babysat for Ivan and a friend’s two youngest kids. The kids had fun playing together in and outside the house.

The last evening before I went to pick Kent up at the airport…Kara took me out for dinner. It was so sweet and nice! I miss being close enough to see her more and help her more but we do have these times when we are all together for a week or so. That is special!

Kent came back to Denver from a mission influencers conference in Washington state. It had been quite a good conference and he was very encouraged with those that attended. He has been going and often speaking at it for many years now. He missed last year because it was right after my cancer surgery.

We had one more day in Denver. Kent had a eye dr’s appointment and then we had lunch with some friends and supporters. It was great to see Dale and Peggy and to hear how God is working in their lives too.

We did get to babysit Ivan so Kara and Nick could have a date night that last night there. We had one more present for Ivan… a bubble blower. He had lots of fun with it! I had a short video of him playing with it… for some reason I can’t get it to load here.. so you will have to take my word that he had a lot of fun!😀

The next morning we got ready and left Denver to drive back to Grand Junction, then back to Flagstaff to see if our truck was fixed. Almost 700 miles one way so about 1,400 miles round trip… I was ready to get out of our car for a bit! But we were grateful for a safe and prosperous journey!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing Yosemite National Park

December 8, 2017

Monday after the marriage retreat we needed a rest and so we took off in our car to see Yosemite National Park which was near by.

First, we had quite a twisty road to get there! We also saw a huge area that was burned out from one of the fires this summer! Then once we were inside the park we were awed by these huge granite boulders that rose into the sky! Wow, wow, wow! It was awesome! We stopped at the visitor center and watched a documentary about it. We also took a picnic lunch and there. It was great walking around and there were very few people this time of year. It was wonderful and a great day for us!

i am adding some pictures here. But to really appreciate the beauty in this park you must watch this video!

Just click on the link:

https://vimeo.com/24556630

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

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