Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dillards to Return to Central America


In a recent interview with PEOPLE Magazine alongside her sisters, Jill Duggar Dillard revealed the next step for the Dillard family.

Jill, Derick, and Israel Dillard returned to Arkansas in August after a year of mission work in Central America. They announced their second pregnancy right before Christmas, with a July due date.

In the interview, Jill shared that the family of three (soon to be four) will return to the mission field in the near future. "We are planning to go back very soon," Jill told PEOPLE. "Then we will come back for the birth of the baby."

Jana Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy-Anna Duggar are featured in this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. 

Photo courtesy TLC

116 comments:

  1. I will be praying that everything goes well for them during this trip. Especially for Baby Dillard.

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  2. Wait, I thought that when they initially returned from CA, Jill had said that if she got pregnant that they weren't going to return to the mission field. Why is there a change? Also, can she really expect the best prenatal care in a third world country?

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    1. Um I'm from Latin America and I can assure that there are excellent doctors down there. Some even better than the ones we have here!

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    2. I agree that the medical care in developed areas of Central America is probably excellent. The problem is that missionaries don't go to the developed areas and herein lies the peoblem

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    3. I was in the Bahamas when I get sick with diabetes and they sent me to Miami Florida because they didn't have got doctor's down their.

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  3. Not a smart move. Jill doesn't need that stress, and neither does Derick or Izzy. And neither does that unborn child! I thought they were all about protecting the unborn!

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  4. Can I just ask with all respect. What is wrong with Jill? She nearly died in childbirth last time. I know we are to trust the Lord but He gave us a brain with common sense. If it's that necessary she should send Derick and keep Israel with her. Just my opionion. What about the Zika virus?

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    1. I agree 100%. This is not a wise move for Jill. I understand now wanting to be apart from her husband but she is a mother now and needs to be thinking about her children!

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  5. Jill and Derick, have your Doctors considered that the "gagging" feeling might be a gluten allergy? Or a thyroid issue?

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    1. I came on this site specifically to ask Derick to have his TSH, T3 and T4 tested. My now 16 year old son was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism last fall. Antibodies test dx Graves Disease. He often threw up with physical exertion. We knew something was wrong because he was eating like a horse but losing weight. Prayers for an answer and an uneventful pregnancy for Jill.

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    2. I think Derick has a Thyroid problem. I use to gag like Derick did tell I was diagnosed with Thyroid problems and take medicine for it.

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  6. She is pregnant. Why would you want to move where zika virus runs rampant? Isn't it harmful to the fetus and possibly a newborn? And the other diseases that could harm her unvaccinated baby. Just not safe,IMO. I wish them well but do hope they reconsider since she has two little ones to factor in. Remember Jill and Derrick to think about your children's safety first.

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    1. To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ so that others might be saved.

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    2. Whose interpretation of the gospel is the correct one? I don't think the Catholics in Central America need to have anyone tell them that they need to be saved from anything. All religions may have a bit of truth, but I have a hunch they all have ideology that is based on twisted thinking.

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    3. Madam, with all due respect, you don't know what you're talking about. The Zika virus has been around for over 50 years. It has NOT been the cause of microcephaly. The rates of microcephaly in Brazil are not any larger for a population base of its size when compared to the US or anywhere else. The reason that rates APPEAR to be inflated are due to the toxic pesticides, like DDT (BANNED IN ALMOST ALL 1ST WORLD NATIONS) that Brazil has and is using on their plants. The male mosquito, who has been genetically modified to carry the virus is released along with the alleged "cure" which leads to more virus in the air and ground. Microcephaly occurs very early in the pregnancy when the skull and brain are developing. There are legitimate causes of microcephaly like maternal infection, fetal deformity due to drug use or DNA problems as well as pesticides.As for Jill putting her unborn child at risk, well she will be MUCH better off NOT to have ANY vaccines during pregnancy. Millions of unborn babies have a heavy metal burden in their brains as the adjuvants used in the vaccines, such as formaldehyde, aluminium and mercury, will settle and absorb into the fetal brain. As for Jill and Derek looking after their 2 precious little ones, well education is an integral part of the parents role.Before you accuse me of being an uneducated "conspiracy theorist", I do know what I'm talking about and I have been an RN for 15 years and vaccine damage has held my attention for more than 400 hours. Please purchase "Dissolving Illusions" by Dr Suzanne Humphries at Amazon. Lastly, these parents have dedicated their children to the Lord and I'm certain that they trust Him to do so!

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  7. They are never specific. "Very soon". Does that mean in March, April, later this month? They certainly must make arrangements that are date specific. Why were they delayed? They don't say.
    How is a nomadic lifestyle good for a child or children? I don't think it is. Jill and Derick are happy not having a stable homestead of their own? I think they'll tire of this life as they age and they're aging quickly, sadly. It's just not wise to be in a foreign country with an undiagnosed medical condition(Derick) and expecting a baby (Jill). Have and use some common sense that God gave you.

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    1. Lately, amongst others Jill and Derrick make me think of the drowning man a lot

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  8. She's 19 weeks along now, will not be getting any prenatal care while being down there and probably isn't allowed to fly past 36 weeks. Why bother going WHILE pregnant? She can't be there for more than 8 weeks, and she's not really doing anything there. Just curious how she thinks this will play out?

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    1. I hope they decide not to go, at least until the baby's born. She would be flying to a different country, just to fly back again a couple months later. how stressful and unrealistic!!

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  9. How irresponsible! That's all I can say.

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  10. Ok...now people know they spend a couple months in Central America, and then come back To Arkansas for many, many more months. So all those who support them know the truth and what they are all about. This should stop all the " who is paying for all their travels" or " I never heard of missionaries who get to come home so much". I don't particularly understand it, but I also choose not to spend my money to support them. As they say...it is what it is...and if even one person is aided by their "whatever" then good for them.

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    1. I grew up in a missionaries home in Mexico. And it wasn't until recently that my parents were able to get their residency. So my whole life growing up we had six month visas. Every six months they would expire and we would have to go to the U.S.
      One time we very nearly got thrown into jail because they falsely accused us of having expired visas.

      Missionaries are some of the most misunderstood, highly criticized people I know. When all of the missionaries I know are just humble people who genuinely care about helping the people in whatever country they feel called to.

      There were times as a kid that we went without food because my parents had given away their money to help the people. We lived in dumps with no plumbing. We washed our clothes on the scrub board. We went without many of the commodities that American life offers.

      And I'll never forget how every six months when our visas expired and we would travel to the U.S. people would say: "oh, you're on vacation now! How fun!" ... In reality it was the furthest thing from fun. We had no home because we had sold and given away everything we owned to follow the call to Mexico. Everyone we stayed with treated us like we were a burden. And we traveled non stop across the U.S. so that my dad could raise money and awareness for our mission work. We usually had to spend about two months in the U.S. every time just to be able to raise enough money to go back to Mexico.

      We were tired and poor. We would show up at churches in our ratty clothes and the kids would make fun of our clothes and ask why we always wore the same pair of shoes. And yet, we were criticized if we used any of the money to buy anything for ourselves. We couldn't even go out for ice cream without people acting as if we were wasting their money.

      Am I bitter? No. But it just shows me that people will never truly understand the lives of missionaries unless they themselves become one.

      God bless the people who unselfishly give their money to God and don't spend all their time worrying how it's spent. Missionaries have to eat too. And they also shouldn't be expected to live in mud huts and starve to death just to appease the people's minds about whether their money is being spent right.

      Yes, if people are going to criticize and judge so harshly then they just shouldn't give.

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    2. I am glad you spoke up about life in the ministry - especially about the mission field. People are too quick to judge about something that they know nothing about. Unless someone has actually been in ministry, they have no clue. I did not grow up on the mission field, but I did grow up in ministry, in a pastor's house. Thank you - to you and your family - for answering the call of God on your lives. Until we get to heaven, you probably won't know how many lives were touched because of the sacrifices that your family made. It's good to know that God knows and you will be rewarded. I pray that the Lord also rewards you here on earth as well. May God bless you and your family ABUNDANTLY as you continue to win souls to Jesus. God bless you! ~ Jennifer N.

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    3. I agree with you! So many people allow bad experiences to ruin their hearts on giving. I used to be like that. But I realized that when you give you give FREELY and pray about it and give that money to God. Let Him take care of the rest. Let Him work on the hearts and lives of those you give to. I would rather give money to somebody that used it wrongly than not give my money to someone who really needed it. If you feel called to give then give it to God and stop worrying about what happens to it! Pray it is used the way God wills!

      And thank you for your time in the mission field throughout your life!

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    4. Well said. I spent all of my growing up years around lots of missionaries who were on furlough, and then at 25 years of age went to language school and then on to the mission field.

      The safest place in the whole world is in the center of God's will, even if there's Zika, parasites, and many other things one never hears of in the U.S. I say that as one who got typhoid fever at 33, and have never been the same since; March will be 25 years since I got sick. All my kids remember are mom was always sick.

      Would I do it again if I knew that would be the outcome? YES!!! Who knows what would've happened had I not gone.

      I know of a man whom God called, and he said "no" for fear of what his boys might get. He lost all 3 of his boys and wife in one day, when the boys were quite young.

      God's will is always best, even when we don't understand, and there are many dangers.

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    5. Thank you for your comment. It is sad that your family was treated this way. You truly opened my eyes and I hope others too. Thank you and your family.

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    6. Dear anonymous 4:27, not to judge you, but maybe if you encountered so many difficulties it means that you didn't do exactly everyhing right. What help can you give if you yourself become a burden to others? Your own words.
      Second point: giving help is good if you mean helping those people build streets, schools and an indipendent economy, but going there to export your own religion, based on the convinction that it's the only "good one", is not good.
      If you want to help people you need to do it in a capacity that makes it sustainable, believable, responsible and honest. That's just my opinion, of course.

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    7. Totally agree with you^^^ the original person who started this post. I'm a MK as well. Although me and my 3 siblings were born on the field as it was cheaper. We were in the same boat as we only took back 3 sets of clothes.

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    8. Anonymous @1:05 I grew up in a church that was based on the teachings of one unscrupulous character. My folks forked over a great deal of money over the course of twenty years in the form of tithes and offerings. Turns out the founder was a charlatan, a philanderer, and he squandered the donations from the congregations on a mansion and private plane for himself and his mistress. Perhaps if those who were so gullible as to believe someone who claimed to be called by God had asked a few questions and demanded an accounting of how the money was spent, this guy wouldn't have been able to collectively swindle so many. A wise person once said, "A fool and his money are soon parted."

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    9. No disrespect intended, however I'm genuinely curious how your family was able to fly back and forth every six months if you were poor with no money?

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  11. So Jill is going to risk contracting Zika while she's pregnant???

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    1. She's past the point of zika affecting the fetus so she's safe

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    2. That's not true:

      "The Danger of a Third-Trimester Zika Infection: New research shows brain damage among Zika-infected babies, even when they are born with normal-sized heads"
      https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/zika-after-30-weeks/489284/

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    3. Doctors are actually looking at the impact of zika on the growing brain and it could have an impact on young children as well so no she is not past the point where it is safe !

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  12. What about the zika virus? If a pregnant woman is bitten can't her baby contract the virus and have brain development problems?

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  13. Good for them, if that's what they feel they want to do. Can Derick please address the issue of the zika virus, especially since Jill is pregnant.

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  14. That is ridiculous. That baby is going to get Zika.

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  15. Darn, I was really hoping they would stay for Jill's sake. Last time they were there, she barely left the house and from the sound of it, spent all her time worrying about Derick when he was gone. Now add a young toddler who isn't going to want to be cooped up all the time, and a pregnancy and it just sounds like a bad idea to me.

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  16. That's great. I'm glad she won't be having the baby down there.

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    1. Especially, since Jill's labor with Israel was 70 hours long. I hope she have short labor this time, if Jessa is a week past her do date baby Seewald would share the same with my nieces.

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    2. The Zika has been traced to the insecticide that they are spraying - even more now after the population became afraid of the mosquitos.
      Honestly, it really seems like Jill would much rather go back home, and stay there. This is Derrick's dream, but he needs to love Jill "as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up" rather than living the dream of being a missionary from day one. There are varying seasons of life, and they can bring the Gospel to the list here in the US until things settle down more for them. Interestingly, too, many missionary organizations won't sponsor you if you have more than 2 kiddos. Friends of ours shipped around for a long time to find one, since they planned on having more children. Sadly, they could not find one, and stopped at 2 kids. They still serve overseas, but I know the wife has regrets.

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  17. I feel sorry for Jill. Those of us who have watched her for years can see that her bubbly personality has gone and that she is trying to live under Derick quietly. The problem is she is disturbed now. She has kind of given up.

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  18. Concerned about this decision. Why would they even consider putting an unborn child at risk? These are the kind of decisions that make people wonder about Jill and Derek's judgment.

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  19. I just can't believe she will go to central America, in an area where there is zika while she is pregnant ! Seriously, couldn't they just wait till she gives birth ? I hope they will be safe

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  20. For a family that advocates for the sanctity of life, I find this announcement
    quite puzzling. It's one thing to live in potentially dangerous parts of the world if it's just the adults. It's quite another to place a child and an unborn baby at risk as well. The Dillard's made no bones about the risks involved with where they were acting as missionaries. Perhaps they are traveling to a different location where it is completely safe. Even so, I find it lacking in good judgment on the part of Jill and Derrick. It appears that he has health issues of his own to resolve and a pregnant woman should be close to competent medical care. I am not sure just what they are trying to prove. It's one thing to place your faith in God, but quite another to act irresponsibly in the process.

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  21. Haven't they been saying that since they got back last August and they're still here? Something's up and they're not saying what....still evasive with "soon"..

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  22. What are they thinking?! Going back to the place where they had the daylights scared out of Jill, who's now pregnant?! Making her travel back and forth, and then so close to her due date?! Do they have any common sense at all?!! They've been skating on thin ice with this whole missionary thing. Someday their luck is going to run out, and then won't that be a blog post for here, or something to film. :(

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    1. When you have Jesus in your heart, you don't need luck!!!!

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    2. So you don't think bad things can happen to Christians? You might not need luck but you don't need to test God by making bad decisions either.

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    3. Well that doesn't make sense. There are many families that live tough lives even with Jesus in their heart. Are you saying that nothing bad can ever happen if you have Jesus in your heart? That doesn't make sense at all. What about the saying the Lord would never give you anything more than what you can handle?


      I happen to agree. I think they are playing with fire.

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    4. Yes but I feel like I need to add that God also gave us a mind so we dont't need luck!!! We should use everything God gabe us!!!

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    5. All he/she meant was that "luck" is a superstition, not a part of a Christian's life. When you put God in control of your life, you cast off superstitions.

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  23. An entire post for 2 vague sentences? The real question is WHAT are they doing there for such short periods of time?

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  24. Living in Central America with a small child who is only a year and half is one thing, a pregnant mom with an unborn child is another...
    I hope baby boy Dillard #2 remains safe.

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  25. I thought they would stay here until the baby is born. Hope she doesn't contract the zika virus. I sure hope she's here this time for the birth of Jessa's second baby. Jessa wanted her there so bad the first time.

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  26. Wow, so many negative comments. Praying for the Dillard family and that God would continue to direct their path.

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    1. Only because we're worried, afraid and upset. We almost love them like family.

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    2. Thank you Michelle for the reminder. I too am praying for them.

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  27. I thought zika was dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Any word from the Dillards about this subject?

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  28. If she were my daughter I would be having a fit! And believe me I would let both of them know how irresponsible they are being. Crazy.

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  29. I have a friend who is going on a cruise with her husband and she went to the Dr. For a checkup before they left. She told me that the Dr. Asked her before the checkup if she thought she could be pregnant. She said no and the Dr said that was good because of the Zika virus and other viruses. They'll be going to Cayman Islands and Belize. I'm kind of surprised that Jill and Derrick are going back since my friend's Dr advised against it. I'm sure they'll take precautions and will pray for their health and safety.

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  30. I'm so confused. Why would they bother returning for just a couple of months, especially with Jill pregnant (the risk of Zika, lack of adequate prenatal care especially with a high-risk VBAC delivery) and flying in her third trimester (which can cause stress to a developing baby, not to mention the risk of going into labor while in air with a VBAC)..Why don't they just wait another 6 months for the baby to be born and Jill to have time to recover after the delivery?? And Derick is sick without a diagnosis..I feel he should get that under control before he returns to a country without good healthcare resources. What if it's something he picked up down there and returning makes it worse?

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  31. Why oh why do they not address the Zika virus situation...what is that all about...do they want folks to speculate and keep guessing their intentions or not...why not just speak up about the issue and put it to rest or this wondering will never cease.There is no good reason for the secrecy.Dumbest move ever if they do go back while pregnant... Maybe that's why, they don't want to hear the majority of us saying so.

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  32. Travel safely. Hope you enjoyed your time home with the family. God Bless. * Loyal watcher of your show.

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  33. I think Jill and Derek should have a sincere, deep conversation about what they want to do with their lives. If misdion work is truly on both of their hearts they should stay here, take the theology courses and language courses snd other things they need to be true missionaries equipt with all the skills they need. Misdion work isn't just for when you feel like it, it is a commitment to God and your fellow man. They just jump in, they could serve God so well taking a couple of years truly preparing for Zmisdion work. Just my opinion.

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  34. I really hope that all the people making the negative/discouraging comments about are open to hearing about the love & power of Christ! Jill & Derrick are without a doubt safest being in the will of God. When God calls you to something or someplace, you go! Since none of us can know what God may or may not have called them to, we can only believe that they feel the call and pray for their peace & safety (which the Lord does NOT promise) and effectiveness in their work. Instead of griping & warning trying to shame them, those of you who calls yourselves believers should be lifting them up in prayer and trusting God for His provision for them! Fear NOT, Be strong & courageous, be NOT afraid is written over and over and over again in the Bible. They are not being hypocritical by following their call & thus NOT allowing fear to dictate their moves. No, the real hypocrisy would be to hear to the call and not go, all the while claiming that God is sovereign & good & all powerful. I say may the Lord's grace & provision & strength be with you Dillard family. This stranger will stand WITH you in faith & trust and believes that in the name of Jesus you will a blessing to those that you minister to and encourage & may your lives be blessed as well as you obey in faith the task & call the Lord has given you.

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    1. Anonymous- First of all, I like Jill. She seems very sweet and sincere. But it was Jill, herself, telling the viewing audience how fearful she was, crying and afraid to leave the house within the guarded compound. It was Jill relating how she was so afraid to leave that she made the women she was supposed to be there ministering to come to her. That's not God, His calling, or His will. If this was God's will, Jill would have been empowered to go out and evangelize and minister. She was clearly unhappy, terrified, and traumatized (that's what it's called when you're too afraid to leave your house). All of the flying home and the succession of family members flying in for visits, in addition to regularly Skyping, signaled that Jill was neither adapting nor coping- another indication that them being missionaries in Central America was not God's will. Either Jill wasn't fully prepared to leave and cleave, she wasn't fully prepared or emotionally mature enough for this assignment, or she/they are not called to foreign ministry. That's the reality. They may both have a heart for missions, but this one isn't it. Going back, without being fully trained by a well-established missionary group (such as AIM-Africa Inland Missions) will likely result in another "short year". Being that countless people donated their hard-earned money to support Jill & Derek, it looks bad on the Missionary group (and all missionary groups by association) and makes it harder for actual missionaries to raise funds. Jill & Derek need to stay stateside and do some longer-term missionary stints in the U.S. and determine their commitment level, before they go abroad again.

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    2. Anon@11:34- How does one "hear the call", exactly, and how do you know God is at the other end of it? I don't have a problem with consenting adults following a dream or something they are inspired to do that will help provide for the physical needs of others who are empoverished. However, I think it entirely hypocritical to place children or the unborn at risk when at the same time preaching to others about the sanctity of life. I also am opposed to inflicting one's own religious beliefs on others and ask for donations to support your mission at the same time. If you are compelled to do this, do so on your own dime.

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  35. I hope their health issues have been resolved. I can't judge them for their decision, only they know where God wants them to go. But I was hoping they would stay, seems like they were stressed/ scared when talking about their life there, but I know I can't go by the episodes since they're months behind. pray everything goes well ❤

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  36. Really worried about these two! He looks really sick! She did not look like she was all that enthused about being there in the first place! No prenatal care! this is just a recipe for disaster! Not a place I would to my children!

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  37. I think they should stay here for the safety of the whole family. That Zika virus would not be good for the whole family. Especially since Jill is pregnant. They have it good here with a beautiful home. To bad Jessa and Ben can't have a home like that.

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  38. I feel, as many of you do.....why risk being infected with the Zika virus while pregnant. Of course it's their decision.

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  39. Ratings(people)Ratings for the "show"!!!!!!!

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  40. I admire her missionary spirit and her servant's heart, but I don't think it's a good idea to go there while pregnant. Our first vocation as parents is to care for our FAMILY before others, because they are the ones who where given to us by our Lord. The scientists haven't discovered yet how exactly the Zika Virus acts during pregnancy, but some of them believe the Virus can cause birth defects even if a woman is infected in a later stage of pregnancy. Plus she won't have the proper medical care there. I respect her decision, but I just hope she changes her mind.

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  41. How irresponsible of them. Jill had a dangerous birth almost two years ago. She's going to a third-world country where not only is Zika rampant, but the likelihood of her getting proper--if ANY--prenatal care is questionable, she's planning on flying back to give birth in the States assuming she's able to make it back before she goes into labor or is unable to fly.

    Dangerous and irresponsible.

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  42. I ant believe all of the neg comments. Does anyone understand the call to be a missionary an what that means? Denying oneself an teaching others. And yes, the children are raised there as long as the parents feel called. I raised my children here an couldn't keep them safe. Jill is living the life she knew she would when she married a missionary. People sound so mean. We should let them know we are praying for them an the work they have chosen.

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    1. Mom of 3- Actually, a number of Missionary children do not live with their parents. The Rift Valley Academy in Kenya S. Africa is "home" to missionary children from around the world.

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  43. I don't believe for one moment that these two are going to return to Central America and that they really have no intention of returning in the foreseeable future. I think this is all play for the show. Jill was terrified to live there as she made no bones about it. How is it logical or healthy for her to return to a place she was so stressed to be in while pregnant? How is this good for this baby? It's not. How is it good for Israel to be penned up in a locked down house solely with his mother 90% of the time and not with other children? It's not either. I think we'll hear some "medical" reason Jill is advised not to return and she'll play that up for the camera too. Much like the fake doctor appointment. That was the shoddiest medical appointment I have ever seen. No blood work ordered? Hey, they've been out of the country and have medical conditions they wanted to "address". See another doctor.

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  44. Wow, u guys are so neg. does anyone understand that Jill knew she was marrying a missionary? And they raise their children as do all missionaries who sacrifice luxeries that we enjoy. We need to let them know we are praying for them. This is the life they chose. I chose to keep my children here and they still were not safe. There are no guarantees in life. Love you Jill an Derrick

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    1. Jill married a Wal-Mart accountant, remember?

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  45. Is everything alright with Jessa? There are no news about her giving birth, and she was due to 2nd of February

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  46. If you want to do missions work what about your own country. All the talk of dangers makes me feel you are being very selfish. A man should do everything g to keep his family safe.

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  47. Why would jill and Derek take such a huge chance with their unborn child? What if she went into early labor? Diseases such as zika? And they have both acknowledged how dangerous the place is. They do not have good or adequate health care there. Huge unnecessary risk to jill and baby. Sad to hear this.

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  48. I have never once heard the word Zika muttered from Jill or Derrick lips...are they totally clueless or naive to think to leave it up to God...I just don't get their reasoning or lack of judgement.

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  49. Seriously.
    This will stress out Jill again.

    And who is paying for their trip?

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  50. Ppl, just pray for safety and stop judging.

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    1. Tina- No one is judging. People are using their God-given common sense. We're supposed to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Proverbs 8:12"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion." Proverbs 8:14 "Counsel and sound judgement are mine[Wisdom's]."

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  51. I can't see why they can't stay here, and help American's that are in need. I wouldn't put my babies in situations like that. There is a lot of people here that need help.

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  52. Lol you Americans are hilarious. Other countries have hospitals and doctors too, some better quality than your own, believe it or not...

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    1. If life was so great in El Salvador, why are they all moving here? No medical care, no government, no food, no safety.

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    2. Agreed anon 1:27! Many people come here to get their visas and have their babies here.

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    3. They probably have lots of churches too, so what is up with the missionary "work"?

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    4. Yup, because the only two countries are the US and El Salvador. You couldn't pay me to live in or deliver a baby in the US. At least you all give the rest of the world a good laugh though. :)

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  53. Derick still doesn't look good. That hair and beard need to come off. He looked so much better. He does not look like he is taking care of himself. Hope the baby is OK>

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  54. I totally respect and understand the call to missionary work. However, I for the life of me can't figure out why the Duggar girls seem to be so "out of touch with reality". I mean Jessa and Jill both taking such unnecessary risks. People in the US pray everyday and do "everything right" to avoid subjecting an unborn baby to a life of being disabled. Yet these people here knowingly take a chance by returning to a country with the Zika virus, fully informed of the dangers to the unborn? What gives?

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  55. Jill and Derick look like they've aged about 15 years since they got married.

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    1. Jill looks exactly the same as she always has. Sweet young lady and a sweet smile.

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    2. No, they really look as if they've aged 15+ years.

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  56. Why all the talk about her choice but not about the many women who ate pregnant, receiving prenatal care, and delivering there every single day... They have no choice, there is no safe place to retreat to in order to have a child. If anyone knows that it would be her, not you and I.

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  57. My husband & I had employees from (legally) El Salvador who stated how violent & lawless many areas are there. They would take many precautions when returning to visit. They often returned sick after visiting relatives & they weren't impoverished people. One said that many of the poorest would listen to missionaries of various churches, especially if food & clothing would be given out. Jill & Derick are idealistic & well intentioned but are foolish to bring babies into this mission. God knows there is extreme need in many areas of our country. My advice would be: stay home & take care of your health first. I agree with others that Derick needs to be tested for many things as mentioned- thyroid among others. Please go to an actual specialist!!

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  58. I am shocked at Derick's long hair. Coming for such a conservative family and seeing that the Bible teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long.

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  59. Derrick needs a hair cut. Guess he missed the part of the Bibe that teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long hair.

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  60. I could not even sleep for thinking about Jill going back to a place that they described as very dangerous especially so for them. How can they justify taking the chance daily of rape and murder as she described? I do not think it is heroic for them to be there they are causing a lot of people to be dispirited, it is sadistic. Jill is like bait in a trap waiting while Derick goes out daily.

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  61. Can't believe they are going back while she is pregnant !!!
    Thinking back when we saw the episode last fall where she talked about the mission field and how she was stressed and didn't if her husband would come back at night ...why would she go back pregnant and put all that stress on her baby !
    I understand that they might have a calling but they need to put the security and wellness of their children before that calling
    Also, scientists are not considering the effects of zika on the developping brain of children !!!

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  62. The video about the church there on the Dillard Family website is positive. Their contribution to the church there was positive, but a part of contributing to others is at some point pulling back and letting them run things. In this case there are many reasons to pull back, especially if there is such vehement feelings in indigenous populations towards the imposition on their land and communities, that there is a continuous threat of potential harm to the people who go to be in support of the church there. I think people who go to serve should respect the indigenous and local populations and lead them to take ownership of their projects in the church there.

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  63. They don't actually know for sure if Zika and the microencephaly are related! This is an interesting article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-its-so-hard-to-prove-zika-is-causing-birth-defects/

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  64. "If Zika truly is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics of microcephaly in other countries that are also experiencing heavy outbreaks of the virus?"
    http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/doubts-zika-causes-microcephaly/

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  65. Instead of judging and griping about Jill and Derrick how about just PRAYING for them?! Is that not we as Christians are suppose to do? I respect what they are doing for our Lord. On a silly note......Derrick please re-think the hair thing...do not mind the long hair but the style is so feminine - let Michelle cut it for you like she does the other boys -lol.

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  66. I don't know if the Dillards will see this comment or not, but many of Derick's symptoms are similar to what my husband had before he was diagnosed with silent reflux. It would be worth talking to someone about, perhaps. It required more than an endoscopy to find out. He had a motility test that finally helped discover his problem. He had a lynx implant put in, and it has greatly improved his life! He can run again!

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  67. Just to clarify.... the post said "return to the mission field." That doesn't exclusively mean Central America.
    Jill is a trooper. I don't think I could survive with so much instability.

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  68. Derick and Jill; I am so surprised. I have always admired the 2 of you, however, if you are seriously planning to return to Central America while Jill is pregnant, in my opinion, you are making a big mistake. As Christians, I know you do your best to follow God's will, but I believe God also expects you to use the brains he provided. And, I know that in your family, the man is the head of the household. I am so disappointed that Derick is not putting his foot down about traveling to a location where the Zaika virus is prevalent. Please consider doing mission work in the U.S. at least until Jill has the baby. There are many homeless, abused women and children food kitchens and drug/alcohol abuse programs. I am sure that any one of these charities would be thrilled to have your help! Finally, I think both Derick and Jill need to get their health issues resolved before they leave this country. Pray fervently to be sure you are clear about God's will; be sure He wants you to travel during this pregnancy.

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