Jill Duggar Dillard is a wife, mother, and missionary. To top it all off, she is a reality TV star, facing scandals at every turn, and recently filmed a three part special with her sister Jessa Duggar Seewald. As a missionary, Jill is working as a midwife, and ministering to gangs in South America. All the while, she has her son Israel in tow. She is barraged with all the criticism and gossip that comes with being a reality star. She’s far away from home, and her close knit family. How does she cope? Can she handle all this? Could Anyone?
Life moves fast for Jill Duggar Dillard. Within weeks of her wedding, she discovered she was pregnant. Her child Israel is not even a year old, yet she finds herself in the mission field in Central America, practicing midwifery and encountering dangerous gangs. She is far from the Duggar clan, and misses her family.
The Christian Post reports it has been hard for Jill Duggar Dillard to attend school, but teachers come to her home at no extra charge. Even so, it has been difficult to learn with little Israel around. He’s a typical baby, climbing, crying, pulling and trying to hold his mother’s attention, as she tries to concentrate on her lessons.
“I do miss not being able to go to school with Derick, but it’s better for me to study at home right now,” explains Jill. “Israel can be a little distracting whenever I’m trying to concentrate… it’s days like these that I miss my sisters.”
There are many pressures in Jill’s missionary work, including her Spanish lessons. There are even concerns that her husband Derick Dillard might be ill. It is hard to manage all this, In addition, Fashion & Style reports South America can be dangerous. Derick and Jill are ministering to gangs.
“We have had the opportunity to minister to several gang members, Jill Duggar Dillard explained nervously. “Because of the violence and fear in some areas we were in, people face the frequent reality of early death, Please continue to pray for our wisdom, safety and ability to learn the language, as well as for the people here in Central America,” She added.
Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick have worked in El Salvador and are now in Guatemala where they will remain for at least a few months. Derick and Jill plan to travel more deeply into the interior of South America eventually, so more dangers may lay ahead for the couple and their baby. In addition, there are rumors that Derick might be ill.
Amid all of this Jill Duggar Dillard could not come home to be with her sister when Jessa was having her baby, but they did manage to Skype the birth. Entertainment News also reported that Jill sent Jessa a letter expressing her feelings.
“I’m so excited to both be on this motherhood journey together! I pray our boys will love Jesus with their heart, soul, mind and strength and love others more than themselves! We will have to let them FaceTime frequently while we are down here. It will be so fun to see them experiencing things and going thru similar stages within a few months of each other. I’m sure since they were about the same size at birth they’ll be sharing clothes too. We love and miss y’all! You’ll have to come for a visit so we can meet our little adorable nephew/cousin!”
As difficult as life has become, Jessa and Jill Duggar made time for the filming of “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” A reality show trillogy that aired in December. It remains unknown whether there will be more reality programs in the future for the Duggar family, or for Jessa and Jill.
Jill experienced even more pressure as the show aired. According to a recent K Pop Starz article, fans are being critical. There was a boycott of the show, due to previous scandals concerning her brother Josh, and of the many fans that watched, some were critical of Jill’s parenting skills. The main criticism was the fact that the baby was placed near an electrical outlet that did not have a safety cap, others did not approve of the way she swaddled her baby. In addition there is online speculation that she moved into the mission field to avoid her brother Josh Duggar. There is an endless critique of her parenting.
Derick and Jill Duggar Dillard have experienced drastic life changes in the last two years. Life in the mission field is not easy, especially with a baby. Jill is coping well, and spoke on video about having balance in her life, but obviously she is experiencing home sickness, overwork and a lot of pressure. Jessica Duggar Dillard has asked for prayer for the safety of her family and her neighbors in South America.
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