Another member of the Duggar family is speaking out in the wake of the former “19 Kids and Counting” brood’s scandalous month. On Monday, Jill (Duggar) Dillard updated fans with a blog post on the Dillard Family website, asking her supporters to “pray” for her family.
As most “19 Kids and Counting” fans are aware, Dillard's eldest bother, Josh Duggar, was revealed to have had paid accounts on the cheating site Ashley Madison last month. Josh Duggar, 27, admitted to being unfaith to his wife of six years, Anna, and is now in a long-term rehabilitation center receiving treatment for his pornography addiction.
“August has been a busy month for us and as so many of you know it has ended on a sad note for my extended family,” Dillard wrote Monday. “Please do pray for our family. We are so thankful for God’s grace during difficult days.”
Dillard is the second of Josh Duggar’s siblings to speak out about the scandal. Jessa (Duggar) Seewald responded to her brother’s controversy during her appearance at the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 29. “You just have to keep your focus and trust God,” Jessa Seewald, 22, told People.
While August ended on a sour note for the Duggars, Dillard, 24, revealed in her blog post that there were also moments of happiness for the Arkansas family last month. Dillard, who is currently on a long-term mission trip in Central America with her husband, Derick Dillard, and 4-month-old son, Israel, said she was able to return home to the US for a brief trip in August. Dillard says she was able to accompany her family to the wedding of her friend Michaella Bates because she had to film for the TLC child sex abuse documentary "Breaking the Silence." The documentary was in response to the findings in May that Josh Duggar molested five underage girls as a teenager, a few of his victims being his sisters.
“When we were first invited to our friend, Michaella Bates', wedding we didn't think we were going to be able to make it. Once we realized that we needed to make a trip back to the States to do some filming for the upcoming TLC documentary, we were thrilled that the dates coincided with that of the wedding!” Dillard wrote.
Now that she’s back in Central America — Dillard’s sister Joy Anna Duggar and her best friend, Carlin Bates, are currently visiting — Dillard says she’s focused on continuing her language training. The Dillards are “enjoying” their Spanish courses and are learning verbs.
While TLC’s decision to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” means fans of the Duggars can no longer watch the family on TV, they can keep up with the large brood online. The Duggars frequently post updates on their Facebook page and blogs.