Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Leave U.S. For Missionary Work: See the Farewell Pic!

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Well, that was fast.

Jill Duggar, her husband Derick Dillard, and their baby son, Israel David, boarded a plane on Sunday, taking them to their new home abroad.

Jill’s younger sister Jessa Duggar posted a sweet photo via Instagram of the threesome heading off for missionary work in parts unknown ...

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Leave U.S.

“So excited for @jillmdillard & @derickdillard!” Jessa captioned the pic.

“They've been praying about and working towards this transition."

The parents of baby Israel Dillard are "excited to finally be heading to the mission field! Please continue to pray for them," Jessa adds.

"Be sure to check out their blog at www.dillardfamily (dot) com. ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’ Mark 16:15.”

Nice plug there, Jess.

The duo announced their intention to travel to an undisclosed location for a lengthy mission trip late last month via their personal blog.

As we also reported, Jill and Derick founded their own ministry, or at least filed the necessary documents to make that their occupation.

The couple wrote:

"It has always been our goal that Jesus Christ might be glorified as we serve others through family ministry, by whatever means that might be."

"We have a deep love and care for all of the world and [a passion for all] nations, as many have even seen in the early stages of our relationship."

"Our hope is that all peoples of the world would come to repentance and put their hope in the Lord, Jesus Christ."

The family of three did not note how long they would be gone, or where, but said it would be “longer than the typical short-term mission trip.”

Who knew the photo of Duggar kissing Dillard with their baby boy looking on turned out to be their kiss goodbye ... to America at least.

Their departure comes after a period of turmoil for the 19 Kids and Counting stars after the Josh Duggar molestation scandal broke.

Jill and Jessa both came forward as victims of Josh when he was a teenager; two other sisters and one babysitter were also molested.

We wish them the best, wherever they may go, as we relive some of the Dillards' sweetest moments in the galleries above and below.

UPDATE: New intelligence strongly suggests this photo was faked by Jessa Duggar for reasons unknown. Follow the link for details ...

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