"...but that’s not a problem because we also have a one year old who provides excellent service in the pest control department as his diet continues to expand," writes Derick, jokingly.
As we shared in April, Derick's mom (aka "Grandma C") was able to visit for Israel's first birthday. (Click here to read about Israel's recent milestones.) The Dillards also hosted a group of short-term missionaries, which included some of the Duggar siblings, in early spring.
"As I’ve mentioned before, it’s always been our desire to model our ministry on Jesus Christ, who did not separate the work of physical provision with that of spiritual enlightenment," says Derick. He and Jill help lead a weekly Bible study that is followed by practical skills training, in hopes of enabling the attendees to earn an income. A local craftswoman teaches nearly two dozen women how to make jewelry, while another individual shows a different group of locals how to cut hair.
Derick is also preaching 1-2 sermons weekly at La Esperanza church until a full-time pastor is found. We know the Dillards would appreciate your prayers as they grow their ministry. Click here to read their full update.
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