Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Attend Wedding of 'Bringing Up Bates' Stars

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were spotted in New York City just days ago, and now the media has learned the former 19 Kids and Counting couple--along with their infant son Israel--attended the wedding of members of another large Christian TV family in Tennessee.

Michaella Bates married Brandon Keilen in Knoxville this weekend. Bringing Up Bates is an UPtv show that features a couple who raises 19 children in Rocky Top, Tennessee. Sounds an awful lot like 19 Kids and Counting, doesn't it? Members of the Bringing Up Bates family have appeared on 19 Kids and Counting in the past.

When Jill Duggar and her family were spotted in New York City just days ago, fans wondered if they had finished their work as missionaries in El Salvador.

Jill Duggar clarified that in an Instagram post she shared with her followers on Sunday. It is clear in the photo that Joy Duggar and Carin Bates are accompanying Jill and Derick on their mission trip this time.

"Traveling back to Central America with these two! #joyduggar #carlinbates," Jill captioned a photo.

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

Do you suppose in light of the 19 Kids and Counting cancellation that Bringing Up Bates will see an increase in viewers for their show?

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard left the country on their mission trip before the family's reality show was axed. TLC cancelled 19 Kids and Counting due to Josh Duggar's sexual molestation scandal. Jill Duggar admitted in a TV interview that she was among her brother's victims.

Hopefully this time away as missionaries will serve to strengthen Jill Duggar's faith. Now she will have the opportunity to share her beliefs and her work with sister Joy Duggar and a friend from the Bringing Up Bates family, too.

Jill Duggar and her sister Jessa Duggar Seewald will appear on TLC soon in a documentary about sexual abuse victims.

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.