Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard wanted to keep the location of their mission trip a secret, but a friend of the 19 Kids and Counting stars has already revealed where the couple will be living for the next few months. Here’s a hint: it’s somewhere baby Israel has already visited, but he didn’t have a great view of the scenery.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were moving to Nepal, a country where Derick has done mission work before. However, the Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page has discovered a social media post confirming that Jill and Derick are moving a little closer to home. According to Duggar family friend Joe Donaldson, the 19 Kids and Counting stars will be trying to convert residents of El Salvador to their brand of Christianity. You can see Joe Donaldson’s response to a fan’s query about the mission location below. That’s Derick in the closet in the background, and Joy Anna Duggar on the right.
As many 19 Kids and Counting fans know, the Duggars make annual mission trips to El Salvador, and they usually stick around for a few weeks. However, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s trip will be different — they’ll be staying in the Central American country for a much longer period of time.
“God has put a desire in our hearts to serve Him internationally for longer than the typical short-term mission trip,” Derick wrote in a blog post on the Dillard family website.
According to E! News, Jill Duggar and her husband went on a short mission trip to El Salvador last December. Jill was heavily pregnant at the time, but this didn’t stop her from enjoying the beach with Derick and a few members of her massive family.
“We’ve had an amazing time in El Salvador,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote on the family’s Facebook page. “The lives we’ve met are precious in every way. It has been a joy to share a few amenities and relief items with these families and to share with them the love of Jesus.”
The Duggars also shared a video of highlights from their most recent El Salvador trip with S.O.S. Ministries. It shows the Duggars and other missionaries painting nails and faces, giving locals photos of the Duggar family, playing games, putting on plays, praying, and delivering a few basic supplies to the needy.
Because the Duggars have visited El Salvador so many times, some fans of the family might find it odd that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were so reluctant to reveal their destination. In a blog post, Derick claimed that they were being secretive for “security purposes.” They didn’t even reveal where they were headed in their farewell video. This made it seem like Derick and Jill were headed to a more dangerous location. Perhaps they were afraid they wouldn’t get as many donations if their fans knew that they were going to another country to convert other Christians.
“The main job of S.O.S. ministries in Central America is to take down the influence of the Catholic church,” Pickles and Hairspray writes. “These missionaries are fighting a war of Christian against Christian. If you want to donate money for that, be warned. Your money will not go to the poor, it will go to taking down others’ longstanding beliefs.”
According to the U.S. Department of State, 51 percent of the El Salvadorian population identifies as Roman Catholic, and 33 percent identifies as Protestant.
What do you think of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s decision to move to El Salvador for a lengthy mission trip?