And they’re out of there! One week after announcing they were leaving their home state of Arkansas for an international mission trip, “19 Kids and Counting” stars Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard have officially moved. It is unknown where the couple and their almost 3-month-old son, Israel David, will be living.
While the family has kept their whereabouts a secret – rumor has it they’re going to Nepal where Derick once lived -- it appears fans won’t be completely left in the dark about the couple's day-to-day lives. On Sunday, Jill’s sister Jessa Seewald posted a photo of her sibling, brother-in-law and nephew apparently in route to their new location. The image showed Jill, 24, holding Israel with her arm wrapped around Derick, 26, as they board a plane.
“They’ve been praying about and working towards this transition since late last year, and are so excited to finally be heading to the mission field,” Jessa, 22, captioned the picture. “Please continue to pray for them!”
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It is worth noting that Jessa's image may be an "old." A couple of "19 Kids and Counting" fans caught a glimpse of the couple at the airport on Sunday wearing different clothes from Jessa's post. In the pictures, Jill can be seen pushing a stroller and walking nearby Derick.
ME & KAR JUST SAW JILL & DERRICK DUGGAR FROM 19 KIDS & COUNTING AT THE AIRPORT OMGGGGGG pic.twitter.com/JIaDfOKLGQ
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Jill and Derick announced they were leaving the U.S. for international mission work last month. “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,” Derick wrote on the Dillard family blog. "We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude.”
The “19 Kids and Counting” star said that “God brought about an opportunity” to allow them to begin their mission work much earlier than expected and while they knew moving forward with their plans would "change the trajectory" of their lives forever, they decided to pursue it. Derick said doing overseas mission work is ultimately the "best option" for his young family.
“We don’t expect this new adventure to always be easy, but God never promised that following Him wouldn’t have its challenges. We are confident in knowing that there is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will for our lives," he wrote. "We look forward to this adventure and the joy of serving Him in this new way. We wanted to share this with you and ask for your prayers as our family makes this transition."