Derick and Jill Dillard leave for long-term mission, aren’t sharing destination ‘for security reasons’

Derick and Jill Dillard Mission


And they’re off! Derick and Jill Dillard–plus baby Israel–departed yesterday for their long-term mission abroad.

Jessa Seewald wished them well on Instagram, saying “So excited for @jillmdillard & @derickdillard! They’ve been praying about and working towards this transition since late last year, and are so excited to finally be heading to the mission field! Please continue to pray for them,” She also added a Bible verse.

Shortly before leaving, Derick posted a “Family Update” with a few more details:


In addition to traveling and spending time with family, we’ve been tirelessly working our way through a growing checklist of tasks that include but is not limited to: packing, coordinating logistics, making copies of passports and other important documents, transitioning insurance plans, preparing for language school, buying clothes for Israel, doctors appointments, sending out family prayer cards, and our orientation with our mission organization 2 weeks ago.


One big detail the family declines to reveal is their destination. Derick explained, “For security purposes, at this time, we’re not publicly discussing specific times and places of international service.”


A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on


Derick again asked for “financial partners” to assist with their mission. There is also an interesting new note on the donation page of their website that says “Dillard Family Ministries is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that accepts tax-deductible donations.” Radar Online recently reported Jill and Derick established their tax-exempt organization after Derick left his job as an accountant.

“This is how the two plan on supporting themselves since Derick quit his job at Walmart,” an insider said last month. “This new ministry is their ‘Plan B’ now that it’s unlikely their reality show will be coming back.”

Good luck to the Dillards during their time abroad.

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