Jill Duggar Ministers To Gang Members, Says Violence Makes It Easier To Convert People During Mission Trip

Jill Duggar recently shared an update on her mission trip with her faithful followers, and she wants them to know that she and husband Derick Dillard want to convert everyone in Central America to her favored fundamentalist brand of Christianity. According to Jill, she and Derick are even evangelizing gang members.

In the latest blog post on the Dillard Family website, Jill Duggar lets her fans know that she and Derick Dillard have been extremely busy since arriving in Central America early last month. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill and Derick also shared a photo update with their fans a few days ago, and many of their pictures show their baby son Israel meeting locals. Jill reports that Israel loves napping in hammocks while his parents are busy proselytizing.

“During the last month, we visited many villages and town squares where we performed dramas and programs, evangelized, helped lead a couple youth conferences, organized a regional soccer tournament, met with government officials to discuss pressing issues, worked on construction projects, and made home visits.”

Jill and her mission group are based in El Salvador, and they’re staying in a building called La Esperanza. However, the former 19 Kids and Counting star says that she and Derick have already traveled to multiple countries in Central America. There was some speculation that her mission trip would only last a month, but Jill revealed that she plans on staying in Central America long enough for baby Israel to learn Spanish.

According to the Daily Mail, Jill has found herself “on the front line of Central America’s deadliest gang war.” She and her mission group are protected by armed guards, and gang violence is a very serious problem. If Jill wants to get diapers for Israel, she has to leave her home base to travel to a town that experienced a shocking amount of bloodshed just a few weeks ago — over the course of three days, there were six gang-related killings. These gangs compete with each other to control the drug trade, and they’ve been known to use heavy weaponry like grenades and machine guns.

Gang members might be armed and dangerous, but Jill claims that it hasn’t stopped her and her husband from trying to convert a few of them. She even says that their efforts resulted in a few successful conversions.

“As many of you know, there is a lot of unrest in the countries here in Central America. The gang violence has been something we have been very aware of, especially during the last month… We have had the opportunity to minister to several gang members and even see some come to freedom in Christ!”

Jill Duggar has also discovered that the gang members’ violent behavior is actually helping her cause. According to the former 19 Kids and Counting star, people who fear for their lives are more eager to listen to stories about an afterlife.

“Because of the violence and fear in some areas we were in, people face the frequent reality of eternity and are more open to the gospel because of it.”

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard recently shared a photo of baby Israel being held by armed guards, and Derick also posted an Instagram photo that shows the grocery haul he and Jill took back to La Esperanza with them after a trip to the dangerous city.

Baby Israel with the armed guards who protect his parents from gangs

Jill reports that she and Derick will be returning to the US for “a short time” this month before heading back to the mission field. Jill and her sister, Jessa Duggar, have agreed to appear in a TLC documentary about sexual molestation, so the girls might film their segments when Jill gets back to the States.

Are you shocked that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard went from leading cushy lives as reality show stars to preaching to gang members and traveling with armed guards?

[Images via Jill Duggar/Instagram, Dillard Family Website]