19 Kids and Counting stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will be briefly returning to the United States, according to the Hollywood Gossip. While the couple was rumored to be returning to Tontitown, Arkansas, for the second season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, they have decided to film from their new home in El Salvador.
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The reality television couple is currently serving as missionaries in the Central American country. According to a Hollywood Gossip insider, Jill and Derick originally had hoped to convert the entirety of El Salvador’s population to Christianity, wrote Design and Trend.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are thrilled to be returning briefly to the states.
“We are so excited to share that we will be returning in August for a short stateside term that will extend into the fall.”
Duggar explained how the two were “really looking forward to seeing” their “families after nearly 10 months on foreign soil.” Although Jill and Derick will be using this time to relax, they also plan on taking some bible classes and “continue to work in ministry from the U.S. Serving in Central America.”
For the 19 Kids and Counting stars, working in El Salvador has been “an amazing experience” for the young couple and their son, Israel. Jill Duggar elaborated on their time in Central America in a blog post.
“We feel like we’ve made great advancements in just learning the culture and the language as well as building relationships with so many precious people.”
Though the couple’s ministry experience has been amazing overall, both Jill and Derick have undergone some questioning regarding each of their health. Originally, rumors had been circulating about Derick’s physical appearance. When Jill posted a photo of the two of them on the Fourth of July on Instagram, many noticed that Derick looked “gaunt,” wrote Design & Trend. Followers of Jill’s account commented on her husband’s appearance.
“He looks so sick! I pray y’all are taking care of yourself.”
Another Instagram follower wrote, “Derick please fly back to the United Stated to get medical attention immediately.”
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard underwent more scrutiny. Many fans of 19 Kids and Counting were also fearful of Jill becoming pregnant in El Salvador during the rise of the Zika virus. Since the disease is prevalent in Central America, it appears as if the couple is taking some precautions on becoming pregnant. Still, fans of 19 Kids and Counting should remember that the family doesn’t believe in using any forms of birth control.
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Potential sickness hasn’t been the only threat Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have faced. Recently, the daughter of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar opened up about her husband’s near-death experience, reported the Stir. Jill explained in a blog post that the part of El Salvador where she and her husband are currently serving as missionaries is undergoing a rainy season. While Derick was walking home, he had run into a friend. She then wrote that a “minute or so later while they were still talking…a bolt of lightning hit the tree next to our house!” The blast was so extreme that it had “even knocked their friend off his feet.” Luckily, everyone turned out to be okay.
The 19 Kids and Counting star wrote about how grateful she was to see that her husband was safe.
“We were talking later with some of our friends and realized that had this friend not stopped Derick to talk with him, Derick could’ve been walking through water as he headed to our house and could’ve been electrocuted by the lightning through the water on the ground.”
Hopefully, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will come on some better times when they briefly return to the U.S.
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