Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard's Drastic Move Might Be the Best Thing for Their Family

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Remember last week, when Jill and Jessa Duggar went with their families to a big Christian music festival and we were like, "Wow, good for them! Going out in public and having fun in the middle of this god-awful scandal! We're surprised they don't just move someplace far away where the cameras can't find them!" Remember that? Yeah, well, Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard have announced that they're moving someplace far away where the cameras can't find them ... to do missionary work

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That's right, Jill and Derick broke the news via their personal blog yesterday, and while we don't have any details yet as to where they're headed exactly (all we know is "overseas"), it sounds like they're gonna be gone for quite a while:

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. We have a deep love and care for all of the world and a real passion for those in the nations, as many have even seen in the early stages of our relationship, and our hope is that all peoples of the world would come to repentance and put their hope in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip, but we didn’t know yet how God would fulfill that desire in us. We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude. It’s something we’ve prayed about together in an effort to seek God’s plan for our lives in His service. Earlier this year God brought about an opportunity much earlier than either of us was expecting. Several months ago a new opportunity arose for us to serve God on the mission field. Before us we had a choice to make that would undoubtedly change the trajectory of our lives forever.

As I’m sure many of you fathers can understand, I (Derick) had a huge dilemma as the provider and protector of my little family. There were definitely more “unknowns” with the international option. God was definitely testing my faith in Him by bringing about this choice in our lives. A friend of ours wisely shared that if God was leading us to serve Him abroad, we should pursue it as early as possible, to avoid a more difficult move later, when our roots are deep and we’re more comfortable in life. Ultimately, in life there is nothing more important than simply loving, following and obeying our Creator.

Wow. A huge dilemma, indeed. Of course, part of Derick's huge dilemma as protector of his little family (Jill and baby son Israel), whether or not he mentions it here, is helping them to heal from the recent horrible family scandal and also to shield them from further unwanted media scrutiny. So I've gotta say, he might be on to something with this whole missionary work thing.

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After all, it's pretty much guaranteed that there won't be any paparazzi or Fox News correspondents following them through the jungle, or wherever they're going. This might be the Duggar-Dillards' only option for opting out of the reality-show circus at the moment -- so I say, go for it! Jill Duggar most definitely deserves a fresh start after what she's been through as one of her brother Josh's victims.

Do you think it's a good idea for Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard to go overseas for missionary work?

 

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