Earlier this month, Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard gave an update about their missionary work in Central America, and Jill even revealed that her husband had a near-death experience when a bolt of lightning struck the ground near Derick. In a recent announcement made on the couple’s website, the pair confirmed that they will be returning to the United States soon, and this led to speculations that the couple will be finishing up their mission work and will return to the Duggars’ hometown in Arkansas permanently.
However, Jill and Derick said on their blog post that their stay will be temporary.
“We will be returning in August for a short stateside term that will extend into the fall,” said the couple. “We plan on taking some Bible classes as we continue to work in ministry from the US.”
It is expected that the couple, along with son Israel, will be filming new scenes for “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” as the TLC spin-off has been recently renewed for a second season. Though Jill and Derick were in Central America during season 1, the couple was prominently featured in the show when some of Jill’s siblings joined them in their missionary work, and Jill has also been sporadically seen while video chatting with her sisters.
Lately, there has been a lot of concern regarding Derick as fans noted how much he has changed since his debut in “19 Kids and Counting.” Many noted how Derick appears to be thinner and there was speculation that the father-of-one might be sick when Jill posted a photo of the couple on July 5. But in a new photo posted by Jill on her Instagram account on July 19, some of the reality star’s followers pointed out that Derick “looks better” in the shot. While he is still sporting a beard and moustache, Derick appears to have tied his hair back and is seen smiling for the camera.
The couple assured their fans that even while they’re in the United States, they will continue to “work on behalf of the ministry and the work in Central America will continue.”