Unfortunately for Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, some of their fans aren’t exactly worshiping the ground they walk on anymore. The couple’s trip back home for “rebel” cousin Amy’s weekend wedding made some of these fans start questioning the way missionaries are spending the generous donations to their family ministry.
Jill Duggar’s ploy to steal the spotlight back from Amy was to remind 19 Kids and Counting fans that they can see tons of photos of her son, Israel, on the Dillard Family website. According to People, Jill used Israel’s five-month birthday as an excuse to remind everyone that the website exists.
“Our little man is getting so big! Can’t believe he is already 5 months,” Jill captioned the photo below.
As you can see, it includes a link to the Dillard Family website. Perhaps Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, are begging fans to re-read their blog posts and click through their collection of family photos because they’re hoping to make a little cash from the ads on the site and from the links to donate to their family ministry.
But do Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard really need more money? The former 19 Kids and Counting stars are supposed to be on a long-term mission trip in Central America, but they keep returning to the States to party with their friends and family members. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the couple came back home to attend the wedding of Jill’s pal, Michaella Bates, on August 15. Three weeks later, they returned for Amy Duggar’s wedding.
According to the Raw Story, Jill, Derick, and baby Izzy’s jet-setting has raised a few eyebrows, and some former fans of the Duggar clan have even speculated that their mission trip is just a scam. Jill and Derick have been asking fans to donate to their tax-exempt nonprofit, Dillard Family Ministries, and now some of these fans are demanding to know exactly where their money goes. They’re worried that what they’re funding is really just an “extended vacation,” and many of them are flooding Jill and Derick’s Facebook page with comments about the couple’s mission trip.
“I’ve donated to your mission efforts but I want my money back,” Keith Jordan wrote. “How dare you ‘Vacation’ on my dime. Who paid for yur [sic] jaunts around the globe? Moochers. You’re not doing Gods work. You’re doing your own works.”
“Derick and Jill, your fan base is mostly made up of low income people,” Chicho Blanco commented. “They aren’t very educated or worldly. If you actually care about other people stop stealing from suckers. Get a job and support your own children. That is what responsible people do. They don’t create a fake church to avoid paying taxes. They don’t take money from poor people without accounting for exactly how it will be used. You two are prime examples of why people are leaving the church in droves.”
Commenter Linda Nuredello pointed out that many of the people Derick and Jill are “converting” in El Salvador are likely already Christians.
“They are using the money for themselves. They aren’t there feeding the poor, building them houses, helping with medical care. They are there trying to convert people who are already Christians (Catholics) to their version of Cult like Christianity. What kind of Christian does that? Playing my version of Christianity is the ‘right one’?”
According to the Washington Post, 50 percent of the El Salvador population is Roman Catholic, 40 percent is Evangelical Christian, and just 9 percent of Salvadorians claim to be religion-free. Christianity is definitely on the rise in El Salvador, but so are the number of gang-related crimes and the country’s horrifyingly high murder rate.
The Post reports that many gang members actually come from Evangelical Christian families, so evangelizing certainly isn’t doing anything to help with the country’s crime problem. However, last month Jill Duggar proudly wrote about how she and Derick Dillard “have had the opportunity to minister to several gang members and even see some come to freedom in Christ,” and she pointed out that all the violence and the constant fear of death makes locals “more open to the gospel.”
Jill and Derick post occasional mission trip updates on their website, but so far they haven’t divulged any information on how their donors’ money is being spent. They also haven’t revealed how much money they’ve raised so far.
Do you think Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are trying to pull a fast one on their fans by using their donations to turn their mission trip into a vacation? Or do you think that Jill and Derick are genuinely trying to help the Salvadorians?
[Image via Duggar Family Instagram]