So much for that rumored 19 Kids and Counting spinoff starring Jill Dillard?
After TLC shelved -- temporarily? -- the Duggar family’s series, following news that eldest son Josh Duggar had molested four of his sisters, amongst others, during his teens, there was talk that Jill and sister Jessa would get their own show, centering on their marriages and their own growing families.
This might make that difficult: Jill, 24, and husband, Derick Dillard, 26, announced they are moving overseas for a long-term mission trip. The couple, along with son Israel, will leave Arkansas in July for an undisclosed location.
“God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip,” Derick wrote on their site. “We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude."
Derick says that earlier this year, God “brought about an opportunity much earlier than either of us was expecting.” He says the move will “undoubtedly change the trajectory of [their] lives forever.”
“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 explains. “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 don’t expect this new adventure to always be easy,” Derick continues. “But God never promised that following Him wouldn’t have its challenges.
Not that things were breezier in Arkansas. While Jill and Derick have had a year full of milestones, including their wedding last year and the birth of their first son in April, the past month has been plagued with controversy, after it was revealed that Josh, 27, molested five girls when he was a minor, and many people called into question how parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar handled -- or mishandled -- the incident.
As for the rest of the Duggar family, Derick only says, “Earlier this year we shared our plans with our families and in May, I shared this decision with my manager at Wal-Mart.”
Now, listen to what Duggar sisters Jill and Jessa told Fox New’s Megyn Kelly about why they feel like victims: