Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are asked to return donations made to their Dillard Family Ministries by angry donors who feel they have been duped. The Dillards have solicited funds for missionary work for the past three months, mostly drawing on the fan base of the now defunct TV reality show 19 Kids and Counting. In light of recent trips by Jill and Derick and lack of disclosure to donors about how their funds are being used, the anger against the couple and their solicitations is going public. In recent comments on Ring of Fire Radio, people are asking for their money back.
More scathing comments about Jill Duggar and Dillard Family Ministries were posted on Addicting Info. These comments questioned the religious purpose of Jill and Derick and what they are actually accomplishing in Central America.
The entire Duggar family, including Jill Duggar’s Husband Derick Dillard, has come under increased scrutiny since May 19, when it was revealed that Josh Duggar had molested at least four of his sisters, including Jill.
When the 19 Kids and Counting show was pulled from the air on the TLC network on May 22, Derick Dillard immediately resigned from his accounting job with Walmart and registered the non-profit with his wife, Jill, on June 17. The couple asked for donations from fans on their website. Three months down the road, donors are less than impressed.
On their blog, Derick and Jill initially claimed that they were going “abroad” to do missionary work. The Duggar family posted a tearful goodbye scene on YouTube, where family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar also claimed that the couple was going “overseas.” In the video, Jim Bob said that they would not see the Dillards for “several months.”
“Jill and Derick, we are so exited about you guys going overseas to do missionary work. And we’re not going to see you again for several months.”
That turned out to be untrue, because Jill and Derick were back in the States a month later and the two were photographed by tourists in New York City on August 13. As it turned out, Jill was there to film an episode about child sexual abuse for the TLC network – a taping that was announced on July 16, the day the 19 Kids and Counting show was permanently canceled by the network. Then, the Dillards flew to Tennessee to go to a friend’s wedding on August 15.
On July 5th, Jill and Derick posted this statement on their blog: “For security purposes, at this time, we’re not publicly discussing specific times and places of international service.” But, as was later revealed, they were already in Central America on July 5th and were actually serving as volunteers with S.O.S. Ministries for just a one-month stay with dozens of other volunteers. The two were never forthright about what they were doing in Central America and that they were just ordinary volunteers at the same Christian place the Duggar family has volunteered with once a year since 2006. The cost of that volunteer trip was about $5,000. Their whereabouts was finally discovered by the Daily Mail which sent photographers to the site. Not only that, but S.O.S. Ministries has no “security” problem disclosing its scheduled tours for volunteers.
Their tour with the volunteers went to the three Central American countries which Americans can visit on a single tourist visa: El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Central America is part of the North American continent and is not “overseas” or “abroad.” It’s actually a shorter flight from Houston to El Salvador than it is from Houston to New York City. The tour lasted from July 5 through August 4. There isn’t another volunteer group with S.O.S. Ministries until December.
On August 16, Jill Duggar posted a picture of herself and her husband on a return flight to Central America, accompanied by Jill’s sister Joy-Anna and her friend Carlin Bates. Donors immediately questioned who paid for their guests’ tickets and wondered where the four were going.