Jill and Derick Dillard are moving in a new direction with their lives. On Wednesday, the couple has announced their decision to move back to the United States.
Not long after TLC canceled 19 Kids And Counting in July of 2015, the couple moved away from the states to do mission work in Central America. The couple, who share two children together, took to their family's website to reveal that they felt God was pulling them back to their home country.
The full post, which is titled "New Direction in Ministry," reads:
Thank you so much for your support of Dillard Family Ministries through your prayers and financial resources. It has been a joy and blessing to see how our Lord has worked in Central America, and your generous giving has been a huge part of making that possible! 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.
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.
We understand very well that mission work definitely requires flexibility. This, we have witnessed and experienced first-hand in our years of ministry. It is, and always has been our aim, to seek the Lord above all else. This includes walking in close relationship with Him daily, seeking His direction for our family, and doing our absolute best in everything, namely, being a Gospel witness and Kingdom worker in whatever context He places us.
At this time, God has seen fit for our family to continue serving him in ministry within the context of Northwest Arkansas.
Because He Lives,
Derick and Jill Dillard (+Israel & Samuel)