Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Receive Surprise El Salvador Visit from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are serving as missionaries in El Salvador, and recently they received some surprise visitors. Jill Duggar's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, traveled to Central America to visit with them, and to spend time with their grandson, 10-month-old Israel Dillard.

Derick Dillard wrote about the visit in his ministry blog.

It was a "great impromptu visit," he said of the surprise from Jill Duggar's parents.

"It was great to have them with us and get to show them the work the Lord is doing here," he added. "Israel definitely enjoyed all the attention when Grandma and Grandpa Duggar came to visit."

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While the Dillard family loves the work they are doing as missionaries, something they haven't grown accustomed to are the creatures that are native to El Salvador.

"We weren’t used to seeing scorpions, tarantulas and cougars back home but we’ve seen them all and the first two multiple times!" Derick wrote. "Jill opened her makeup bag to find a tarantula on top of her toothbrush."

Jill Duggar Dillard shared her own update on the little family this weekend via Instagram.

"Thank y'all for praying for us. Check out our new update just on our website: www.dillardfamily.com," she wrote.

It was so nice to visit Jill, Israel and Derick!

Posted by Duggar Family Official on Friday, February 12, 2016

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are the parents of the former 19 Kids and Counting reality show family. The show was cancelled following son Josh Duggar's sexual molestation scandal. Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard were among his victims. Josh was outed shortly thereafter for having two accounts on the Ashley Madison cheater's website. He admitted to having an addiction to pornography and to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar. He has been in a faith-based rehab, working on his "sexual sins" since late summer.

That said, a trip to El Salvador--even with its scorpions and tarantulas, was likely peaceful for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

Jill Duggar Dillard and hubby Derick were no doubt thrilled to have visitors from back home.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.