Dillard Family Update—June 27th, 2017

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support as we have transitioned back home over the last month!


As you all know, our last couple weeks in Central America were pretty crazy ones. We have continued to stay in contact with our friends and trust that God will continue to sustain them as they persevere in the difficult areas they live.

The family of our friend who was murdered was forced to move every night due to threats on their lives. Recently, they were finally able to rent a place in a different area where they will be able to stay for the next couple months. 

The family of our other friend who passed away due to complications from dialysis and surgery are very grateful for all prayers and funds given to cover the funeral expenses. This man has one son left (the other one was murdered a couple months ago), and we believe this younger son will be able to help support his mom now that our friend has passed. 

A dear friend of ours (Brenda) from the local church in Central America, had brain surgery about a week after we returned to the States in the women's public hospital. We praise God she made it through the surgery, recovered quicker than normal, and has made it home, where she continues to gain strength! Brenda is a single mom of a nearly 2-year-old little girl. She is mostly blind due to the tumor in her brain. Her husband left her when her tumor came back, so she lives with her sister and their family. 

During the month of July, there will be several short-term teams from the U.S. going to several countries in Central America to share the hope of Jesus, put on youth conferences, and work in schools. 

We are looking forward to the arrival of little Samuel Scott very soon. Jill and baby have continued to check out well, and we appreciate your prayers for a great delivery. 



Please pray with us for:
-The July team's protection and good ministry opportunites
-Brenda's continued recovery and complete healing from the brain tumor
-Our indigenous friend's continued perseverance and faith in God, even though the area they live and work in is dangerous.
-Continued wisdom and peace for us as we continue to settle in and prepare for our little one's soon arrival. 
Derick, hauling our luggage from baggage claim through customs on our way home.
Our sweet friends hosted a surprise birthday party for Jill the night before we left. 
Saying goodbye to our friends at the airport
Brenda is holding the 2 little girls. Her daughter is on right, in the red and white dress.
Enjoying time with family at Silver Dollar City
Israel loves his little cousin, Meredith
Some of the brothers came over for some guy time the other night

Today we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary! We are so grateful to God for the last three years together and look forward to spending the rest of our lives together! The last couple days we were able to go to Branson, MO for a little anniversary/babymoon getaway! It was such a special time. Here are some pictures from our time away.

We stayed at Bradford Inn and enjoyed their wonderful accommodations and yummy breakfasts.

We went to Silver Dollar City and toured the Marvel Cave!

Derick,

I love you SO much and I’m so grateful to God that you’re the daddy of our little kiddos. You’re so wise and caring. I pray God will continue to give you wisdom, protection, and grace, and that you will seek Him all the days of your life! Your leadership and Godly example inspire me as your wifey to be what God wants me to be. I know our sons already look up to you and want to be just like “Papi.” I pray that when struggles come your way, or we face hard times together (like we already have!), that you’ll continue to depend on Jesus for your strength! Your daddy set a good example of this I know, and if he were here he would be so proud of the hubby and papa you are! Seeing you play with Israel reminds me of the home videos I’ve seen of you with your dad. It’s so sweet to see y’all together and to see Israel asking over and over, “Papi run? Papi run?” or “Wrestle, Papi!” He doesn’t even know yet how truly blessed he is!

I love you mostest, honey!

Love,

Your wifey,

Jill

Daddy,

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad a girl could ask for! Daddy, I’m so grateful to God for you. Your love for God and others is evident in the way you live your life. The character qualities I saw you display (hard work, wisdom, patience, kindness, and much more!) were all things that you taught me to value and that I wanted in my hubby/found in Derick! Derick and I are so grateful for you and for the amazing grandpa you are! Israel and Samuel don’t know yet how blessed they are!

Love you!

Jilly