Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard can always fly back to the United States if they decide that living in El Salvador has become too dangerous. However, some of their friends in Central America don’t have this option. One man that the couple worked closely with couldn’t escape those who wanted to kill him, and his family was recently forced to flee for their lives.
Jill Duggar, 26, and Derick Dillard, 28, are currently in Arkansas preparing for the birth of their second child. They were living in El Salvador as missionaries, but the couple decided that they wanted their baby boy to be born on American soil. While they enjoy a break from life on the mission field and prepare to welcome a new life into the world, many of their acquaintances back in El Salvador are dealing with the death of loved ones and the possibility of losing their own lives.
As the Hollywood Gossip reports, Jill and Derick were shocked to learn that one of the friends they made during their long-term mission trip had been kidnapped and murdered. The man who lost his life was likely working with S.O.S. Ministries, the religious organization that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are partnered with, and there’s speculation that he was a victim of gang violence.
“We received a phone call on Monday from a friend here in Central America informing us that one of our other good friends (a fellow Christian) had been murdered the day before and that his family had found his body down by the river earlier that morning,” Jill Duggar wrote last month.
After the second-oldest Duggar daughter shared this news, she and Derick were criticized for not doing enough to help their friend.
“They have known this man for years but didn’t take Christian action to protect him?” reads a post on the Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page.
The man who lost his life wasn’t the only one in need of aid; his family members feared for their lives after his murder, so they had to leave their home and go into hiding. In a recent blog post on the Dillard Family website, Jill and Derick shared an update on their deceased friend’s family. The missionaries didn’t say whether they attempted to help the fleeing family out in any way, but they did reveal that everyone is currently safe and and sound.
“The family of our friend who was murdered was forced to move every night due to threats on their lives. Recently, they were finally able to rent a place in a different are where they will be able to stay for the next couple months.”
Derick says that he and Jill are keeping in touch with their friends in El Salvador, but right now, the couple feels that all they can do to help is to “trust that God will continue to sustain them as they persevere in the difficult areas [where] they live.” In their blog post, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard say nothing about when they plan on returning to El Salvador, and now some of their fans are praying that the couple will decide not to go back.
“You all need to settle down and raise your family. This going out of the country all the time is not good for your child(ren),” wrote one fan in response to Jill Duggar’s recent Instagram post imploring fans to read the latest Dillard family mission trip update.
“Fair enough when it was the two of them but most people try to avoid risky living conditions and not drag a young defenseless family along,” read another comment.
However, as the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have already asked fans for donations to fund their stay in the states, so their donors probably wouldn’t be too happy if the couple suddenly decided not to return to El Salvador.
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