Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Make a Major Announcement About Their Family's Future

Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar
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Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard announced a "new direction in ministry" this week, as they have decided not to return to the mission field in Central America. The couple posted their decision on their personal blog, and TBH, we still have so many questions.

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They thanked their supporters over the course of the last two years, and called it a "joy and blessing to see how our Lord has worked in Central America."

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They continued, "During our time working with SOS Ministries over the past 2 years, we have witnessed God transforming the lives of many involved in the gang community and positively influencing the lives of young people for the sake of the Kingdom.  Through numerous efforts of community development, skills training, sports outreach, and local church ministry, a strong foundation has been laid that I believe the Lord will continue to grow for many years to come."

Then they got real about what's happening with them. They shared, "Through a number of circumstances, and guided by much prayer and counsel, we are discerning the Lord leading our family’s full-time ministry back to the United States for the time being."

They concluded their post by saying, "At this time, God has seen fit for our family to continue serving him in ministry within the context of Northwest Arkansas."

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Jill and Derick have been the subject of much criticism over the past two years for their missionary work. They've been accused of being unqualified, misusing funds, and even mooching off Jill's family name. It's possible that all of it was too much to handle, so they decided to end their time in El Salvador.

Or it could be as simple as their wanting to raise their sons away from the gang violence prevalent in the area, not to mention all the health concerns of living in a developing nation. Now that they have two little ones to worry about, it makes sense that they'd want to put down some roots in Arkansas.

Whatever the reason, we wish them the best going forward. It couldn't have been an easy decision to make.

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