We left the Dominican Republic in a whirlwind.
On Monday evening, March 16th, we received the news that Jolie's school was canceled and would now be online. This came on the heels of several days of realizations that all of our ministries were going to become impossible due to the shutting down of everything.
The next morning we spoke with the directors of our mission agency, who urged us to come back to the US as soon as possible. We proceeded to purchase plane tickets to leave the DR less than 48 hours later. That same day the Lord provided someone to stay in our house and care for all of the pets.
That evening we went to some Dominican friends' house to say goodbye and learned that the Dominican president had announced a country-wide quarantine and that the borders would be closing at 6am on Thursday morning. Our plane was scheduled to leave at 6:10. We spent an hour and a half waiting to speak to the airline, to find out whether our flight was to be canceled. They assured us that because it was an international flight, we'd be boarded on the plane and the doors would be closed 15 minutes prior to take-off. That would leave us with 5 minutes to leave the country before its borders closed!
Wednesday was full with packing and cleaning and paying all the bills we could before leaving the country for an indefinite amount of time.
After arising at 3am to load up and head for the airport, making it through security and all the other procedures involved in leaving a foreign country, you can imagine our relief when the plane took off just before 6am, literally one of the last to leave the country.
After a grueling day of travel, we were equally relieved to arrive in Portland almost 19 hours, 3 planes, and 4 airports later.