We are Jill and Derick Dillard!
We both grew up in Northwest Arkansas, met each other in Nepal, and married seven months later on June 21, 2014! Our story is a little crazy and adventurous, but we love it! We have two active boys and love spending time together as a family.
Since we first began our relationship, it has always been our goal that Jesus Christ might be glorified as we serve others through family ministry, by whatever means that might be. We have a deep love and care for all of the world and a real passion for those in the nations, as many have even seen in the early stages of our relationship. Our hope is that all peoples of the world would come to repentance and put their hope in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
I (Jill) am the fourth born child in my family of 19 children. I am licensed as a Certified Professional Midwife (specializing in low-risk out of hospital prenatal, birth, and postpartum care). Although I don’t plan on practicing while I have little ones of my own at home, I know the skills I have already learned have benefited me immensely and I may be able to use them in other ways, such as teaching, down the road. Right now I am enjoying being a wife and mother!
I (Derick) have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University. In my junior year, I was selected to follow in my father’s footstep as the OSU mascot, Pistol Pete! After spending several years on the mission field after college, I am currently focusing on education again at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Israel is our firstborn! He is very outgoing and makes friends easily. He loves playing outside in the sprinkler, finding bugs, “campfires” in the backyard, and going on adventures with his little brother. Israel loves books, and is becoming a great reader!
Samuel loves snacks and “helping” mommy in the kitchen. He is full of energy and loves to build forts and obstacle courses around the house! He is a thoughtful young man, who loves to be read to. Sam and Israel are inseparable friends and are so excited to have bunk beds in their room together!