Back in June, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard left for El Salvador to begin what they claimed was an extended period of missionary work.
The trip was funded in large part by donations from fans, many of whom are now concerned by the revelation that Jill and Derick have already returned to the US at least three times since their "mission" began.
First they flew into Bentonville, Arkansas to visit Jill’s family. Shortly thereafter, Jill flew to NYC to film a TLC special about sexual abuse.
Then ust last weekend, Jill and Derick returned to Arkansas again, this time for the wedding of Amy Duggar and Dillon King.
For obvious reasons, there’s now a great deal of concern.
Particularly, middle and lower-economic class fans who cut checks thinking that they were helping the young couple’s lives of service are upset.
The website Raw Story published fan complaints about Jill and Derick’s jet-setting lifestyle than can be found on the Duggars’ Facebook page.
Jill and Derick are back in the states AGAIN !!!!!!!” wrote Daisy Shay. “THEY TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH BUT WANT US TO DONATE AND GIVE THEM MONEY!!!"
Complained Shadman Rolfe, echoing that sentiment:
“I love you all and Jill and Derick but it concerns me that I am sending money for them to do missions and they fly home 2 times for weddings."
“I want to know if my cash is paying for this or ministry. I want to serve the Lord and I want to give but I need to know my money is being used right.”
A fan named Claudia Brown responded to Rolfe with what seems to be a pretty sound assessment of the situation:
“You will never get a straight answer, you are just financing their extended vacation."
A Facebook user named Nikita Jones echoed Brown’s cautionary words, writing:
“People wise up. Can’t you tell when you’re being scammed? They’re taking trips to places that YOU can’t afford and they’re doing it with YOUR money.
"They have no credibility, they are NOT transparent with what they’re doing with your donations and they could care less about you."
"If you want to donate to charities, start locally. I’m sure there are people in YOUR community that are more deserving than these scammers.”
Jill and Derick have claimed in the past that they’re using the money to preach to gang members in the Central American nation.
The Duggars have yet to respond to allegations that they’re misusing donated funds.