As an international adoptive mother, I’m very familiar with the excitement and joy that comes with the long-awaited pick-up trip. Back when we adopted from Guatemala between 2006-2008, finally getting to bring our babies into the U.S. was a dream come true! After years of endless paperwork and excruciating waiting, the joy of packing your bag and heading to the airport is almost indescribable. 

Today, my daughter Lydia embarks on a similar journey back to Guatemala. For the past two years, she’s been serving as a missionary in this country that is so near and dear to our hearts. During her time there, she adopted an abused pug named Nico who she lovingly nursed back to health. However, when she got so seriously ill in December, she was forced to leave Nico behind and come back to the U.S. for an extended period of time to recover. 

After six weeks apart from Nico, she is on her way back to Guatemala to pack up her things and pick up her dog. It’s a quick trip, in and out, and back to the US before new entry requirements go into place next week. While the complete details are Lydia’s story to tell, I can share that she’s decided that her time in Guatemala is done for now. Today we are trusting that the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2) will help this one finish her season serving in Guatemala.  

“No child left behind!” is one mantra I know well as someone who has been an advocate for vulnerable children for many years now. But today I’m joining my voice with my daughter for “No pug left behind!” I appreciate your prayers for health and protection over Lydia as she travels to bring Nico home to his forever family (did I really say that?).  

And next week you can pray for me as we introduce Nico the Pug to Ky the Siberian Husky.