Jill (Duggar) and Derrick Dillard raised money from their fans to fund a trip to El Salvador. The trip was pitched to the fans as a mission trip but angry fans now suspect that no mission trip ever occurred. Instead, it seems that the Duggar couple simply took a vacation to El Salvador.
At the time, Derrick wrote that the couple were seeking a commission from their church to go on the mission trip. Derrick said, “The commissioning consisted of our pastor leading the congregation in praying for our family as we work on the mission field.”
But no subsequent mission ever seemed to materialize. Photos from the family’s trip to El Salvador seemed to show that the family wasn’t doing any mission work. It even came out that they had their commission denied for failing to meet the minimum requirements established by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
As Addicting Info explains:
Derrick Dillard’s qualifying for funding would require a bachelor’s degree from one of SBC’s accredited universities. Between 20 and 30 hours of graduate studies covering subjects including theology, evangelism, and biblical studies would also be required. He has…none of those things. He reportedly did spend two whole weeks in language school.
For Jill to qualify as a missionary spouse and receive funding, she would have to complete 12 hours of study from an accredited college, not 12 years of homeschooling at Duggar elementary.
Despite the apparent misdirection from the Duggar-kin, it’s unlikely that fans will ever have any definitive answer as to what became of their donations. The donations were made to the Dillard Family Ministries, which is tax-exempt as a religious organization.
For more on this, read the article from Addicting Info titled: “Frauds: Jill Duggar And Hubby Rejected By Church As Missionaries For ‘Lack of Education.’“