As TLC continues to leave their family's show on the shelf after In Touch Weekly exclusively revealed that Josh Duggar was investigated for child molestation, rumors were flying that Jill and her husband Derick Dillard — along with Jessa and Ben Seewald — were about to launch their own program.
But those plans appear to be at least put on hold after Jill, 24, and Derick, 26, announced they are moving abroad for a long-term mission trip. The couple will be bring along their son Israel, and are leaving their home in Arkansas in July for a yet-to-be-revealed overseas locale.
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Derick announced the news with an Instagram post and on the family's website.
“God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip,” Derick wrote on the site. “We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude."
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Derick explains that the "life-changing" decision was not made lightly.
“As I’m sure many of you fathers can understand, I (Derick) had a huge dilemma as the provider and protector of my little family,” he explained “There were definitely more ‘unknowns’ with the international option. [...] After much prayer and seeking Godly counsel, we realized that taking this opportunity and moving overseas in order to serve is the best option for our family. “
We are moving! Find the details about our newest family adventure on our website: http://dillardfamily.com/ministry A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:13pm PDT
We are moving! Find the details about our newest family adventure on our website: http://dillardfamily.com/ministry
A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:13pm PDT
He also revealed the plans were some time coming, which also explains why Derick had suddenly absconded from his job in Walmart's tax department.
“Earlier this year we shared our plans with our families and in May, I shared this decision with my manager at Wal-Mart," he said.
Though the location has yet to be revealed, Derick has previously worked as a missionary in Nepal under Jill's father Jim Bob Duggar.