Becoming a midwife has been a long journey that started a ways back. I think of the Bible verse, "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (I Cor. 1:9) Not only is God faithful to His promise of salvation for all who believe in Him, but he is faithful in completing what He has called you to.

A Wonderful Message

September 29, 2015

Sunday, we were grateful to hear guest preacher, Dr. R. Albert Mohler speak at our home church, in Rogers, Arkansas.

This was a wonderful message for us just before we head back out on the mission field. In his message, he gives a practical approach to living and responding to life as a follower of Christ in the 21st Century America we find ourselves in. I encourage all believers and non-believers alike to open your minds to John 6:53-69 in this expository, highly relevant message by Dr. Mohler.

“We’ve got nowhere else to go Jesus is Lord and He still saves!”

Please check this out: https://vimeo.com/140712284

The TLC Announcement

September 24, 2015

We are looking forward to reconnecting with everyone with the new specials on TLC—many have asked about our mission work and about the challenges of taking our family to a different country, culture and learning a new language. We appreciate your prayers. Keep up with us at dillardfamily.com.

It's official!

September 18, 2015

It’s official; my wife is a midwife! As of Wednesday, September 16, and after the 7-hour comprehensive exam for certified professional midwifes, she is now “Jill Dillard, CPM”. I am so proud of her for her diligence, perseverance, and hard work to see this long road through to its end and reaching her goal of becoming a CPM.

The whole process, including various course work, lots of studying, tests, research, clinicals, sleepless nights with long labors, being on call for multiple births at a time, and the comprehensive test for full certification as a CPM, has finally culminated this week. This will be especially helpful on the mission fieldThe light at the end of the tunnel was always there, but we just hadn’t seen it until recently. And if anybody knows how much hard work it has been for her, it’s me. Jill has been very disciplined and sacrificed a lot to get to this point. So much so, that I don’t have the capacity within this brief blog post to give all the details to do it justice.

Now begins the fruit of that labor, that is, having a valuable skill and “tool in the tool belt” to use for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. It’s important for us to not just get an education for the sake of getting an education. That is not a true education. The purpose of any educational endeavor, whether primary, secondary, or post-secondary, ought to be to prepare to contribute to society, and for Christians, that means productivity for the Kingdom. Notable verses I’ve been meditating on recently are Ecclesiastes 9:10, Colossians 3:23, Matthew 6:33, and Romans 6:6. I would encourage everyone to get a Bible, open it, read it, and see what God might be speaking to you today.

Jill, Israel, and I recently arrived back in the States for a planned, month long trip to take care of some things and enjoy time with family and friends while we’re here, before heading back to Central America.  As many of you know, Jill and I have been in language school for the past month, and we are encouraged by the opportunities we have had to share the hope of the Gospel with our teachers and for the relationships we have built while studying at the school. 

And Jill has been doubling up in the study department, as she has also been studying for her upcoming midwifery test to become a certified professional midwife!  I am so proud of all the hard work she has put in over the years to prepare to be a midwife.  As it should be in all Christian’s lives, she is using this skill as a means to an end, and that end being the spread of the message of the greatest love story ever told, that is, the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross so that all people who believe what he said and choose to make him the Lord* of their life will enjoy life with him forever in paradise. 

Upon returning to the United States, we have hit the ground running.  Just this past weekend, we were commissioned to the mission field by our home church.  The commissioning consisted of our pastor leading the congregation in praying for our family as we work on the mission field.  We are eternally grateful for Christ’s body, the church.  That same day, we also had the joy of attending Jill’s cousin Amy’s wedding. 

As part of our process to move down to Central America, we recently finished moving the last of our stuff out of our house in Rogers.  I can say from first hand experience, that the saying “many hands make light work” is very true.  My brothers and sisters-in-law made it possible for Jill and I to move our stuff in the matter of a couple days.  We have also gotten to spend some good quality time with my mom and brother.  Our current plan is to continue in language school once we return to Central America.  Thank you to all of you who faithfully pray for us as we seek to make Jesus Christ known, so that all might worship Him as Lord and Savior to the glory of God.

 

*Romans 6        

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