Jill Duggar Faces Backlash for 'Vacationing' From Mission Work in El Salvador

Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard decided several months ago to pursue missionary work in Central America, but they've been back to the states so much since they've left that now fans are wondering if the Dillards are on an extended vacation.


The 19 Kids and Counting stars left with their infant son Israel David to El Salvador on July 5, relying mainly on funding from their Dillard Family Ministries, a tax-exempt organization. They've been back to the states twice in the two months since they left to minister to the Salvadorians.

People have been taking to their Facebook page to express their disappointment in the pair's commitment to ministry.

"So what exactly are you doing to help people in El Salvador? Your donors would like a detailed statement of what their money is being used for," wrote one person. "As far as I can see, all you guys are doing is going to Spanish class and making fun of the locals. Oh, I forgot. You also did that stupid interpretive dance thing. Have you done anything worthwhile to actually help people, or are you just there to convert Catholics?"

Another user asked, "Jill, how did you spend my donation for your mission trip? Where are the pictures of the hospital, schools and bible studies you helped with? Can you post them so I can show everyone why I donated to your cause?"

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On the family blog, Derick addressed the issue: "Jill, Israel, and I recently arrived back in the States for a planned, month long trip to take care of some things and enjoy time with family and friends while we're here, before heading back to Central America," he explained.

I've had a lot of missionary friends in my time, and there is a lot of back and forth at first while you're closing up your life in the states and moving to another country -- especially one in the third world! Geez Louise, give these two a break.

Besides, with all the drama going on over Josh, they probably can't wait to get the heck out of Dodge anyway.


Image via jilldillard/Instagram

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