There is no end date for the Dillard family's mission work in Central America, a source tells PEOPLE
“They’re still in Central America,” a source close to the family tells PEOPLE. “They’re living there for now. Nobody knows for how long.”
The insider adds, “The work they’re doing is very important to them.”
And Jill is in fine company – on Monday, her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared a Facebook photo of themselves and Jill’s 14-year-old brother James on a plane that was captioned, “Headed to Central America to see our sweet Jill for her birthday tomorrow. This momma is so excited!”
And though is was a tumultuous year for Jill, she came out stronger. Most notably, she and Derick made the rewarding decision to relocate their family to Central to pursue long-term mission work with son Israel, 1.
And the coming year promises to be even more reward as the Dillards hope to become a family of four.