Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard updated their blog post on Saturday, keeping their family members, friends, and fans apprised of their mission trip in Central America. While Jill and Derick still haven't announced where they are serving as missionaries, many reports claim the family--the couple and their infant son Israel--are in El Salvador.
In their latest blog post, the couple shares updates on themselves, their baby, and even on an elderly woman they converted to Christianity.
Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Begin Mission Abroad, Say Locals Want to See "Big, Blue-Eyed, White Baby" Israel http://t.co/CZAj6MlkoJ
— E! Online (@eonline) July 18, 2015
"We are so excited to announce that we have safely arrived on the mission field and we can now tell you that we are in Central America! Israel seems to be adjusting to the new climate, culture, food (via mom’s milk), and language faster than Jill and I are. In fact, he has been the talk of the town. Everywhere we go, people here about and want to see and hold the, “big blue-eyed, white baby” LOL. Israel is definitely growing and developing fast. It has also been wonderful to make contact and talk briefly with family back in the US to share updates.
Above all, thank you to God and all our prayer and financial partners. We cannot express enough gratitude for the ways God has been working through so many of you to make this transition for our family as smooth as possible. God has used you all to bless us and to make our vision a reality for those who have yet to put their faith in Jesus Christ, who is our only hope for salvation.
It is encouraging to already see some of the ways God is changing the hearts of the people here. Just 7 days ago, I had the joy of witnessing one elderly woman give lordship of her life to Christ. This transpired just one day after her Christian son was restored to fellowship in his local church. We were at the man’s house ministering to him with encouragement from God’s Word when the opportunity was presented to share the hope of the Gospel with his mother. It’s our prayer, and we ask you to please pray with us, that many more would repent of their ways and turn to God’s way for their life.
“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 106:1
Derick & Jill"
Jill Duggar Dillard didn't mention anything about the cancellation of her family's reality show. TLC announced earlier this week that they were canceling 19 Kids and Counting. They also announced that they are working with two organizations--RAINN and Darkness to Light--to create a documentary special on sexual abuse, and that it will feature both Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. Both girls admit they are victims of their brother--Josh Duggar--and his sexual molestations from many years ago.
Both Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard appeared on Fox and spoke with Megyn Kelly about what their brother did. Jill Duggar explained that the revictimization on behalf of the media was far worse than what Josh Duggar did when he was a teenager.
It's uncertain how long Derick and Jill will be serving as missionaries in Central America before they return to the United States. If Jill Duggar is to be a part of this TLC special, however, it doesn't seem they'll be gone as long as they previously stated. When first sharing word of an upcoming mission trip with their followers, the couple indicated they could be away for a year or more.