Jill and Derick Dillard take Israel Dillard camping to celebrate his 18-month milestone
Most of you are aware that the Dillards have been home since early August. During their time in Arkansas, Jill and Derick have been taking seminary courses, partnering with local mission organizations, and preparing for their return to Central America.
"Through focused time of Bible study in our classes, we hope to be more equipped missionaries, both here in the states as well as when we return to Central America," Derick explains to supporters.
Derick has also been working a number of jobs, including substitute teaching, to support his family. Jill, a Certified Professional Midwife since last fall, has used her midwifery skills to deliver babies while in Arkansas.
In his update, Derick makes it clear that the money that supporters have graciously donated to Dillard Family Ministries is being used to "help both the physically and spiritually destitute" in Central America.
"We are thankful that we’ve been able to put ministry funds to the most direct use in Central America and have been able to cover all of our travel, except one trip, and other indirect expenses with non-ministry funds," writes Derick.
During their time in the States, Jill and Derick Dillard have had opportunities to speak with various groups, including children of AWANA Clubs International and ladies of the Women's Missionary Union, about their work as missionaries in Latin America and Derick's experiences in Nepal. Their goal with those presentations is to "engage the American Church in missions" and to share the importance of "believers' involvement."
"As with anything in my life, my desire is to emulate the character and work of Jesus Christ the best I can," Derick writes at the end of his letter. "I truly believe that we are living in a generation with unique opportunities that God is using to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven quicker than any of us may realize. And, I love having a front-row seat to just get a glimpse of how God is going to fulfill Revelation 7:9."
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