In the wake of the Josh Duggar controversy and with the fate of 19 Kids and Counting still in limbo, two members of the reality TV family are sharing some big news.
Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband, Derick Dillard, announced on their website that they are moving abroad for missionary work.
“God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip, but we didn’t know yet how God would fulfill that desire in us. We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude,” they wrote on DillardFamily.com. “It’s something we’ve prayed about together in an effort to seek God’s plan for our lives in His service. Earlier this year God brought about an opportunity much earlier than either of us was expecting.”
The couple – who welcomed a son, Israel, in April – say they informed their families of their plans earlier this year, and Dillard stepped down from his job at Walmart last month as they prepare to head overseas in July.
“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,” they added.
The announcement comes a little more than a month after Jill’s eldest brother, Josh Duggar, first responded to allegations he’d molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. In a subsequent interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Jill and her sister Jessa Duggar Seewald identified themselves as two of those victims and came to their brother’s defense.
“As we’ve been seeing things that people are saying about our family, we feel like, as victims, we have to come out and speak,” Jill, 24, said in the interview, which aired June 5 on The Kelly File. “This is something we chose to do. Nobody asked us to do this. Jessa and I were talking, we’re like, ‘Oh my goodness, most of the stuff out there is lies. It’s not truth.’ For truth sake, we want to come out and set the record straight.”
Read the Dillards’ full letter over at their website.