Jill Duggar Dillard And Derick Head Back To Arkansas Again

Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are headed back to Arkansas this week to attend cousin Amy Duggar’s wedding to Dillon King on September 6. This will be the couple’s second trip from Central America to the U.S. in less than 30 days, as they continue to ask the public for donations to finance their travels.

Amy Duggar and Dillon King
Dillon King and Amy Duggar at a bridal shower sponsored by a department store in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on August 8 [Photo from Amy Duggar’s Instagram]
Although Amy Duggar promised that the entire Duggar family would be coming to her wedding, it is unlikely that her cousin, Josh Duggar, will be there. Josh checked into a volunteer work and Bible study program in Rockford, Illinois, on August 24, due to his public confession of sleeping with prostitutes and an addiction to pornography.

In July, Jill and Derick took their baby Israel on a short-term trip as volunteers with S.O.S. Ministries of Clearwater, Florida (not to be confused with the much larger SOS – Students Offering Support – of Toronto, Ontario, which operates extensively in Central America). The Dillard family joined a group of other American volunteers on a tour of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala from July 5 through August 4. All volunteers must pay their own airfare and they also pay for room and board at the ministry’s facilities. For the Dillards, the cost was about $5,000 for the month.

S.O.S. Ministries volunteers with Mike Schadt
S.O.S. Ministries short-term volunteers directed by Mike Schadt at their daily meeting [Photo: Duggar Family Blog]
Mike Schadt has been a friend of the Duggar family since 2006, when the Duggars first started volunteering in El Salvador for a week in December. Segments of the visits were seen in several episodes of the now defunct reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting. Schadt was also seen on the Duggar family series as the officiating minister when Jill’s sister, Jessa, married Ben Seewald on November 1, 2014.

Mike Schadt marrying Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald
Mike Schadt marrying Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald on November 1, 2014 [Photo: TLC]
The main base of operation for S.O.S. Ministries is in a small compound in El Salvador called La Esperanza, which means “the hope” in Spanish.

The La Esperanza compound of S.O.S. Ministries, near San Pedro Masahuat, El Salvador
The La Esperanza compound of S.O.S. Ministries, near San Pedro Masahuat, El Salvador

The volunteers mainly visit churches in the area, perform skits, sing songs, and conduct activities for children. Jill reported on the Dillard Family Blog that, during the month volunteering with S.O. S. Ministries, she and a translator converted one woman to Christianity. That was the only conversion the Dillards have reported for their missionary efforts in Central America. The population of El Salvador is already 85 percent Christian, compared to the U.S. with a 70.6 percent Christian population.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard in Central America
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard with two locals in Central America [Photo: Dillard Family website]
Jill Duggar Dillard and baby Israel listen to a singer in El Salvador
Jill Duggar Dillard and baby Israel listen to a singer in El Salvador [Photo from Duggar Family Instagram]
Church service in El Salvador
Church service in El Salvador [Photo from S.O.S. Ministries]
Jill Duggar, husband Derick Dillard, and their baby son Israel flew back to America with the other volunteers when the tour ended on August 5. They were sighted in New York City on August 15 with Jill’s sister Jessa, her husband Ben Seewald, and Michelle Duggar, presumably taping a short segment for TLC’s documentary about child sexual abuse which aired tonight on the network. Breaking the Silence includes a clip of the sisters attending a training session for volunteers working with abuse victims and their parents.

On August 18, the entire Duggar family – including Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard, and baby Israel Dillard – were in Knoxville, Tennessee, attending the wedding of Michaella Bates and Brandon Keilen. After the wedding, Jill’s sister, Joy-Anna, and her friend, Carlin Bates, returned with the Dillard family to Central America. With no short-term volunteer projects scheduled for S.O.S. Ministries until December, the group went to Guatemala. On the Dillard Family Blog, the couple told their supporters on August 5 that they intended to study Spanish “for the month.”

Jill Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Carlin Bates and Derick Dillard in Guatemala
Jill Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Carlin Bates and Derick Dillard in Guatemala [Photo from Instagram]
The group was sighted in Guatemala shortly after arriving on their flight from Tennessee. Yesterday, Derick Dillard posted on his Instagram page that he had received his diploma for a Level 1 Spanish course. There was no mention of Jill’s studying Spanish.

Derick Dillard with Spanish Diploma
Derick Dillard with Spanish Diploma

It is believed that Derick was studying at the Christian Spanish Academy in La Antigua. According to the school’s website, “Originally, CSA was created to meet the needs of missionaries who come to Guatemala to learn Spanish.”

Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard, baby Israel Dillard with Guatemalan woman.
Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard, baby Israel Dillard with Guatemalan woman. [Photo: Dillard Family Blog]
Two days ago, Jill posted a short video clip of herself pushing her son Israel on a merry-go-round in what looks like a deserted playground.

Jill Duggar Dillard and son Israel in Guatemala
Jill Duggar Dillard and son Israel in Guatemala

It is unknown how long Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard will remain in Arkansas, or if they will do a quick turn-around and head back to Central America. The young couple has not been candid with their supporters about what exactly they are doing south of the border and how the funds they are raising are being used.

After police reports were published in May which revealed Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse of four of his sisters and another minor child in 2002 and 2003, Jill and Jessa were interviewed on The Kelly File on Fox News. They both said that they were two of the sisters subjected to Josh’s sexual molestations when they were young children. When that interview aired, Derick Dillard quit his job in the tax accounting department of Walmart, stating, “I have recently accepted a position outside of Walmart and am no longer working for the company.” But there has been no indication that he actually had another job. Instead, he and Jill filed papers to set up a non-profit company on June 17, Duggar Family Ministries.

They posted on their blog that they were going “overseas” for mission work. Instead, they went to Central America as volunteers at the same place the Duggar family had always volunteered once a year. Interestingly, S.O.S. Ministries seems to have a job opening posted on its website.

S.O.S. Ministries Job Posting
S.O.S. Ministries Job Posting

Perhaps Derick is hoping to learn Spanish to apply for the position in Guatemala. Usually, however, it takes more than a few weeks to become fluent in a foreign language.

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[Intro photo credit: TLC]

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