Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband, Derick Dillard, are currently taking a lengthy break from doing mission work. However, the couple was still living in Central America when this season of Counting On was filmed, so their time in the region has been a big focus of the show.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have spent very little time talking about the work that they’re doing on the mission field, choosing instead to constantly remind Counting On viewers just how dangerous life in Central America can be. According to the Duggar Family Blog, this week’s episode of Counting On will follow Jill and Derick as they celebrate two years of marriage by going on a “one-night anniversary getaway at a Central American resort.” They take their 16-month-old son, Israel, with them, and they’re excited because they can use the hotel pool to give him his first swimming lesson. However, they’re even more excited about the wall surrounding their temporary residence.
“I love this place,” Derick says in a Counting On preview. “Right up there with air conditioning, one of the biggest luxuries here is there’s a wall. It’s a secure place.”
Jill and Derick go on to say that they’re happy someone else is taking care of the security so they don’t have to be so “vigilant.”
— People Magazine (@people) August 10, 2016
While Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard describe the hotel’s air conditioning as a luxury, during last week’s episode of Counting On, they revealed that Jill’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, had purchased two air conditioning units for their residence in El Salvador. Jill and Derick explained that they decided to allow themselves this luxury that the locals can’t afford because it made their home safer — they no longer had to leave windows and doors open to stay cool, making it more difficult for unwanted visitors to enter their abode.
As Us Weekly reports, living in El Salvador has made Jill Duggar contemplate life without her husband. She seems to believe that Derick is only in danger of dying in Central America and that she wouldn’t have to think about the possibility of being widowed if they were still living in Arkansas.
“We’ve been married almost two years — we have a little baby,” Jill told the Counting On cameras last week. “If we were back in the States, we wouldn’t be talking about, ‘Now if you die, what am I supposed to do from there? If you don’t come home after you are supposed to [at] this hour, then what do I do?’ It’s hard to talk about those things, but it’s also good for us to [know] like, if something happened, what I’m supposed to do.”
My beautiful wife modeling some of the jewelry that local women here are making and selling as part of our ministry. pic.twitter.com/AfCcwvjObV
— Derick Dillard (@derick4Him) June 6, 2016
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar has revealed that Derick already had one brush with death during their time in Central America. However, his close call had nothing to do with the gang violence that he and Jill have talked about so often. According to Jill, Derick could have been struck by lightning when he was walking outside one day.
Jill and Derick clearly think that being in Central America has increased their son’s chances of ending up fatherless, and growing up without a dad can lead to dangerous behavior, according to Derick. In his most recent mission trip update, Derick shares his belief that Christianity is the only cure for the woes of at-risk boys who grow up in fatherless homes.
“These areas are truly hotspots for at-risk youth; youth who, if not shown the love of Christ, will only add to the dangerous cycle that surrounds them,” Derick writes. “Many young children especially boys get mixed up with the wrong influences, father children out of wedlock, and are then killed or arrested, leaving their children to face the same dismal reality of a fatherless home.”
Do you think Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s spreading of the gospel in Central America is actually doing anything to address these issues, or do you think the couple would be better off staying put in the States where they feel safe? Share your thoughts below.
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