Bon voyage to Jill and Derick Dillard! The couple have announced that they will be moving out of the United States to do mission work. Derick shared the news on their family blog on Friday.
“Since we first began our relationship, it has always been our goal that Jesus Christ might be glorified as we serve others through family ministry, by whatever means that might be,” Derick wrote.
He continued to say that God put a desire in their hearts to serve internationally “for longer than the typical short-term mission trip,” but they were anticipating having to wait a few years before they could move. After a lot of prayer, Derick mentioned that an opportunity came up earlier this year.
As the provider of the family, Derick had a dilemma on his hands. There were many “unknowns” with the international option, but a friend suggested living abroad as soon as possible, to avoid a more difficult move later when the family’s roots were deep.
However, since the Dillards believe that nothing is more important than obeying the call of God, they have chosen to pursue mission work abroad.
After much prayer and seeking Godly counsel, we realized that taking this opportunity and moving overseas in order to serve is the best option for our family. Earlier this year we shared our plans with our families and in May, I shared this decision with my manager at Wal-Mart, where I was working in the Tax department. I recently left the company and we are currently preparing to leave the US and begin our new endeavor in July.”
The couple does not expect this journey to be easy, but they have peace in knowing that they are following God’s will. They welcome prayer as they prepare to leave, but if you feel called to give financially, they would be more than happy to accept donations.
While Derick did not specify where they would be living, it’s probable that their destination is Nepal. Followers of their relationship know that Nepal is a special place. While Derick was doing humanitarian work there, Jim Bob Duggar (Jill’s father) was one of his prayer partners. When he and Jill visited Derick for a couple of weeks in November 2013, the two were in a relationship by the end of the trip.
They recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, just a couple of months after Jill gave birth to their first son, Israel.
To stay up to date with the Dillard’s adventures, check out their website.
What do you think about the couple’s plans to move? Are you excited to follow Jill and Derick as they take on this new adventure?