Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are busy in Central America on their service mission, but there may be a big new opportunity for the new parents once they arrive back in the United States.
The couple has embarked on a mission trip with their infant son Israel, and on Saturday gave an update of the work that they’re doing. Despite their son being just a few months old, mom and dad said he is taking well to the trip and is popular with the locals.
In a blog post published Saturday, the couple wrote.
“We are so excited to announce that we have safely arrived on the mission field and we can now tell you that we are in Central America! Israel seems to be adjusting to the new climate, culture, food (via mom’s milk), and language faster than Jill and I are.”
“In fact, he has been the talk of the town. Everywhere we go, people here about and want to see and hold the, ‘big blue-eyed, white baby’ LOL. Israel is definitely growing and developing fast.”
The 24-year-old Jill Duggar (now Dillard) announced earlier this year her plans to travel to Central America on a service trip. It was around the same time that the family was engulfed in controversy over eldest son Josh’s molestation allegations. Josh is accused of molesting a number of young girls back when he was a teenager, and the ensuing controversy led TLC to pull the plug on the popular 19 Kids and Counting.
But the spotlight may not be over for Jill Duggar and her sister Jessa. The two, who have both gotten married and pregnant within the last year, have been fan favorites and there are rumors that TLC has been trying to find a way to create a spin-off show focusing strictly on them.
The two have already signed on for a special TLC is creating in response to Josh Duggar’s scandal, one that focuses on victims of abuse and their families. Several media outlets including OK! magazine reported on the idea of a further spin-off Duggar show, but it is not immediately clear how the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting may have affected those plans.
Any work will have to wait at least a few weeks, however. It is likely that TLC will wait to let any lingering controversy subside before moving forward, and Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will remain in Central America for at least a while longer. The couple did not disclose the length of the trip but described it as a “long-term mission trip.”
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