Last week, we learned that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will be leaving the US in order to perform missionary work in an undisclosed foreign nation.
Yesterday, Jill was accused of faking a mission trip photo and falsely leading her Instagram followers to believe that she and Derick had already set out on their journey.
Now, it looks as though Jill, Derick and Baby Israel have indeed left the States and simply posted a photo from an earlier trip in order to keep their destination secret.
Before leaving, however, the newlyweds made one last visit to the Duggar compound, and patriarch Jim Bob posted the following video in which the whole family bids the Dillards a fond farewell:
The family never addresses the Josh Duggar sexual assault scandal directly in the video, but Jim Bob does preach about the power of forgiveness and personal transformation:
"To share the gospel of Jesus Christ," Jim Bob prays at one point. "How people can be forgiven for what they have done wrong, and in you they can become new creatures."
The video is a sort of mini-episode of the reality show that made the Duggars famous, and it even features an emotional scene in which Jim Bob asks Derick about his father’s premature death.
Could this be a way of reminding fans what they’ll miss out on if 19 Kids and Counting gets canceled?
We don’t know, but it certainly seems to be another small step toward the Duggars rebuilding their battered public image.