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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Hey everyone! August has been a busy month for us and as so many of you know it has ended on a sad note for my extended family. Please do pray for our family. We are so thankful for God’s grace during difficult days.

This last month has been a bit of a whirlwind for us with a quick trip to the U.S. and back here to Central America over the weekend. When we were first invited to our friend, Michaella Bates', wedding we didn't think we were going to be able to make it. But once we realized that we needed to make a trip back to the States to do some filming for the upcoming TLC documentary, we were thrilled that the dates coincided with that of the wedding! We were able to make the stop in Tennessee on our way back here to Central America! We had to increase our class time on the front half of the week to make up for the time we would lose studying in the latter half of the week. However, it was definitely worth it when we took off for a great reunion with family and friends! It was a lovely wedding celebration! My younger sister, Joy, and her best friend, Carlin Bates, came home with us! It's been a blast having company and they've been such a great help to us while we bury ourselves in the books! I will not want them to leave after their two week visit! I love having them here for the friendship and Israel certainly loves all the extra attention!

Verbs! Verbs! ...and more verbs! LOL. This is what Spanish class has looked like for both Derick and I recently. We are enjoying our classes and are so blessed to have each other to bounce questions off of since we are taking the same classes. The way our school teaches is individualized, so we each have an instructor. This really helps us to be immersed and practice conversational Spanish everyday. It has opened up good opportunities for both of us to talk about the Bible and pray with our teachers.

Thank y'all for continuing to pray for us! We will keep the updates coming and will try to do so with more frequency so keep checking our website for more!

We are so grateful for your partnership and friendship as we work to bring many to Christ in Central America! 

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