Israel Dillard and a friend
As we announced last week, Jill and Derick Dillard will return home to Arkansas in just a few weeks. Their stay will be temporary but will extend into the fall. While they are in the United States, the Dillards plan to take Bible classes and involve themselves in local ministry, and they will continue to work remotely for S.O.S. Ministries.
"Our time here so far has allowed us to see many hearts touched, many souls accept the redeeming love of Christ, and many sweet people helped through humanitarian efforts," Jill and Derick share via their website, dillardfamily.com. "We believe our labors until now will serve as a strong foundation for many years of wonderful ministry..."
The second reason for celebration involves an engagement. Over the weekend, Derick's brother, Dan Dillard, proposed to his girlfriend, Deena, and she said yes! Unlike Jill, Derick has a very small family. Dan is his only sibling, and his dad passed away in 2008. Derick's mom, Cathy, has since remarried.
Dan Dillard, Cathy Dillard Byrum, Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar Dillard
Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com