Sometimes we've all got to get away!
On Friday, Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick announced that they will leave for a long-term mission trip in July.
The couple — who also has son Israel David — hasn't announced where they are going, or exactly what "long-term" means, but the 24-year-old 19 Kids And Counting star and her 26-year-old hubby have been praying about it for months.
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Derick wrote on their website:
"God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip. We were prepared for the possibility of it being years before our family would be able to make a move of that magnitude … Earlier this year God brought about an opportunity much earlier than either of us was expecting."
Derick expanded on the family's decisions behind leaving the country:
"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."
Considering what's been happening the last few weeks around the family — and Jill specifically — its probably best that the couple gets away for a bit while the media circus dies down.
Best of luck — and safe travels — to the fam as they embark on what will surely be a life-changing journey!
[Image via Instagram.]
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