Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

They Will Never Be Left Alone—How Even a Planned Missions Trip Raises Questions

July 7th, 2015 Viewed 1396 times, 1 so far today

Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Derek and Jill Dillard are headed on a missions trip.  This normally wouldn’t make national news, except that Jill Dillard’s maiden name happens to be Duggar.

“19 Kids and Counting” reality star Jill Dillard, who revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that she was fondled by her older brother Josh Duggar when she was a child, has left for a long-term mission trip with her husband, Derick Dillard. The pair has not stated where they are going or how long they will be gone, but they revealed in a blog post they wanted to leave the U.S. “for longer than the typical short-term mission trip.” They added that they are “prepared for the possibility of it being years.”

The Dillards had reportedly been eyed for a possible “19 Kids” spin-off as a way to salvage the embattled show. So does the couple’s announcement mean that “19 Kids” is finally done for good? [Fox News]

To me, it’s great that they want to do a missions trip—and I’m glad the cameras are not following them.

Image: Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

What Should TLC do with ‘19 Kids and Counting’?

June 12th, 2015 Viewed 1439 times, 1 so far today

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It’s been off the air for weeks now, as Fox News reports:

It has been 21 days since In Touch Magazine revealed that the eldest Duggar son sexually abused five females, several of them being his sisters, when he was a teenager in 2002 and 2003.

While TLC, a network under the umbrella of Discovery communications, promptly pulled the long running reality series from its schedule after the news broke, it hasn’t made an official cancellation announcement. By comparison last year TLC canned “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” just one day after it was disclosed that the June Shannon, the matriarch on the show, was dating a convicted child molester. Sister network Discovery yanked “Sons of Guns” 16 days after learning star Will Hayden was charged with sexual abuse.  – Three weeks and counting, TLC still silent on future of ’19 Kids and Counting’

Should the show come back?  Let’s look at the arguments:

Not Every Mom a Stay At Home Mom

June 10th, 2015 Viewed 1708 times, 1 so far today

Mother and KidsMy mother stayed at home while her kids were young to watch us.  What she did when we were all at school was a mystery that I didn’t think about– she would always be there to pick us up at school to bring us home.  I think that many families pattern their behavior after what their parents did– or try to do better than their parents– so it shouldn’t surprise you that my wife all stays home with our kids((Interestingly, none of my siblings currently have this arrangement)).

Changes in the neighborhood

One of the problems with this change in home arrangement is that neighborhoods are a lot different depending on who lives there.  A few generations ago, when most moms were home, you could have safer neighborhoods with adult presence at most homes and kids playing at different homes under adult supervision.  My friend across the street and I played almost daily all during my childhood!

Oklahoma Doctor Finds Her Way Home

August 12th, 2005 Viewed 2467 times

Jana Karim

Jana Karim is yet another example of women who have given up the workforce for a chance to work in the most rewarding and challenging vocation a woman can be in– mother and teacher of her own children.

Once upon a time she was the high-achieving career woman who had it all, but decided she really, really wanted her nanny’s job.

The 43-year-old blonde is also “Dr. Karim,” a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology with a degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. After two decades in the medical profession, the good doctor had delivered thousands of babies and established a successful practice in metropolitan Oklahoma City. During that time she also wed her soul mate and bore three beautiful children.

Four and a half years ago, she chose to exchange the stethoscope and the bedside manner for the elementary school books and the chauffeuring detail. After retiring from her enviable job, Dr. Karim is now a stay-at-home mom who also homeschools her children, ages 11, 9, and 6.

It was a hard transition. Her mother and husband were skeptical. It seems to be the opposite of what the feminists worked for, and yet she claims it is the most reward job she has had.

“I know that I wasn’t listening to God when He was telling me what I should do,” she says. “In the last few years that I was working, I just knew that I was supposed to be doing something different, as we had things happen. (For instance) we bought a new house that was supposed to be the dream house, but it was infested with fleas.”

She smiles at the memory, but the conversation returns to the serious.

“We realized we got caught up in the materialistic side of things – having the best cars, house, vacations – and we weren’t focusing on the spiritual side and ‘making yourself better for God’ side.”

If only we would see that our greatest witnessing and outreach are done as a function as bringing up our children, we would have a greater impact for Christ!

And what about socialization? She says that finding positive social outlets for her children is a breeze. “It’s not ‘how do you get socialized?’ she says, but rather ‘how do you stop being pulled in different directions?’”

Let this be an encouragement and challenge to you. We don’t all need two cars and fancy houses! We do need what God wants for us and a life that is devoted to Him and Godly Seed!


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.