Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are often the targets of harsh criticism from Duggar haters. They have been under fire for several things, most recently their mission work. The two met while Dillard was doing mission work and became engaged after courting for some time. Duggar had her first baby in 2015, and the couple decided to name him Israel after a place that was near and dear to their hearts. He celebrated his first birthday already, and fans are anticipating another baby announcement soon.
Having a faith-based marriage is something Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard take pride in. They have been active in the mission field, spending several months in El Salvador spreading their teachings to the people in the town they lived in. According to the Hollywood Gossip, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have come under fire for their alleged misuse of donations. They are still collecting donations for their mission work while living back home in Arkansas. Initially, they were supposed to return to El Salvador after coming home for Jinger Duggar’s wedding but have since decided to stick around for the holidays. There is heavy criticism for the lack of transparency about where the donations are going and what they are being used for while they are back home.
When TLC decided to pick up another Duggar show, the first season centered around Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar. It was based on the sisters raising their sons while one was home in Arkansas and the other was in El Salvador. After that seemed to cause controversy for the network and the Duggar family, the show was changed to Counting On, featuring all of the older children in the family including Joy-Anna, Jinger, and Jana. The men seem to be featured minimally while the ladies are given the show’s full attention while filming. Changing over from Jill & Jessa: Counting On was huge for the network and likely saved the show because of the controversy Jill and Derick were drawing in from viewers.
A statement from Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard regarding mission funds is unlikely. They don’t typically speak out on things that are controversial, especially if it has to do with finances. Various social media outlets have commented on the extended time Duggar and Dillard have spent at home without returning to El Salvador. Speculation is that Jill is afraid to go back and is putting up a fight about it. During a Counting On special, Duggar was in tears when talking about her experiences in the mission field and the violence surrounding them. It was clear she was uncomfortable in El Salvador and going back was a huge fear for her, especially with her young son.
Duggar fans are used to seeing criticism of the family, Jill in particular. Derick Dillard has caused much scrutiny for her, with the way he chooses to live and what he chooses to share on social media. Of all the older Duggar girls, Jill appears to be the most innocent of the bunch. There are plenty of questions now about where their mission donations are being used and what they are being used for right now. Dillard was shown in San Francisco on a layover, but he didn’t disclose where he was headed or where he had been.
Both Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are used to fielding the criticism and generally ignoring it. The questions about the mission donations are appropriate, especially since they are still rolling in while they are in Arkansas. Without a date to return to El Salvador, things do look a little on the shady side. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard should speak out and answer their fans, even if the answers may be uncomfortable for them.
[Featured Image by Derick Dillard/Twitter]