Hey Friends,

This is Jake, I just wanted to send you guys a quick update on our lives during this season of COVID-19.

As you know, Kathryn and I made the sudden decision to book a flight back to the US, returning home on March 21st. While we were planning to come home to have Baby Otterman (due July 29), leaving abruptly 2 months earlier than expected, was less than ideal. 

On Tuesday the 17th, we booked tickets to leave Rwanda that Friday at 7:40pm. On Wednesday evening, the Rwandan government announced that all borders and airports would be closing on Friday at midnight, so it is safe to say we made it out just time. We had 36 hours to pack up our house, prepare food and life for our house helper, guard, and pup, say our “see you laters”.

Since returning home, Rwanda has completely shut down all travel between towns, all non-essential businesses, and everyone is on mandatory stay at home orders (this is much more strict than in the US, people have been arrested for leaving their houses).

Upon our arrival, we spent a strict 14 days in isolation and have shown no symptoms of the virus. We are beyond blessed and know that you all have been praying with us because it is only through God that we could have traveled through four different countries and not contract the virus.

In the mess of all of this, isolation was a blessing for us. We realized in the past eight months, we barely had any time with just the two of us and it was truly good for our souls and our marriage. We have since gotten to spend time with our immediate families which has also been such a sweet time, but we deeply miss being with and hugging you all and cannot wait for that day to come.

We will be spending our time in the US building a website for the church in Rwanda and helping in the administration at Restoration Church.

Our plan is to return to Rwanda as soon as we can, once all our paperwork is completed, as a family of three.

In the meantime, we would love to see you all via zoom or socially distanced.
We love you all!

Thank you for your continued faithfulness and support,
The Otterman romp

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