If you're a fan of the Duggar clan, then you're probably aware that Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are missionaries.
Alleged missionaries, depending on who you ask.
In any case, they have spent much of the past two years performing work in Central America that they classify as missions.
While no one doubts that the couple accomplished some good and perhaps even changed a few lives for the better during their time in El Salvador, questions have lingered from the onset.
The Dillards' motives and ability to safely and effectively perform the work required of them have both raised a healthy level of skepticism.
For one thing, the Jill and Derick are not licensed missionaries, which means they never demonstrated that they have the skills necessary.
Such important and dangerous work typically requires a level of certification, and they did not receive sponsorship from any religious organization.
As a result of their lack of sponsorship, the Dillards solicited donations from fans online, which raised a number of problematic issues.
Many fans pointed out that Jill and Derick's time would be better spent undergoing the training required by the International Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Conference.
Many others complained that Jill comes from a wealthy family, and if she wants to make an unauthorized missionary trip, she should fund it herself.
The outcry eventually became too much for Jill and Derick, and they announced two weeks ago that they would no longer be asking fans for money.
Unfortunately, it seems the Dillards resolve on that issue lasted roughly until the time when the monthly bills became due.
Earlier this week, Derick took to Instagram to reveal that he's enrolled in the Cross Church School of Ministry, a one-year program that trains its students to serve as campus ministers at schools, hospitals and workplaces.
Of course, Derick is unemployed these days, so naturally, he'd like his fans to foot the bill:
He wrote on Instagram.
"BIG NEWS! For the next year, I will be serving through a program at my home church, called the Cross Church School of Ministry!"
"I am so excited about this incredible opportunity for further ministry development, and I would like to invite you to share in this excitement with me."
By "share in the excitement," Derick meant, of course, that he wants you to throw him some cash in short order.
He set up a fundraiser on the Pure Charity website where fans can assist the Counting On star with paying for his tuition.
Thus far, however, Derick's efforts to make you pay for his personal growth appear to be falling flat. Dillard wrote on Instagram.
“I started a fundraiser on Pure Charity to raise the funding I need for various missions opportunities I will have throughout the year. I have a donations goal of $6,500."
As of this writing, he has received just two donations, for a total of $125 in proceeds.
Considering Derick has whopping 820,000 followers on Instagram alone, we imagine he thought he would be much closer to his goal several days into the fundraiser.
Clearly, fans were apparently not so keen to donate. One person responded to Derick’s request for donations on Twitter:
“Truly needed? No disrespect, but why can’t you use your earnings from TLC? Jesus never asked for donations for ministry.”
“You made a ton of $ off TLC,” another reiterated.
“Use your money instead of bilking your poor fans. If Jim Bob can afford 3 planes, he can fund your ed,” that fan said, while another added:
“If you had a true calling, you would be thrilled to use your own money for this. Have some shame. You have $ and don’t need charity. #greed."
“Don’t you get a big enough paycheck from TLC?” a Twitter fan commented. “Why should we pay to support you not having a real job?"
"And spreading hateful rhetoric to boot?!”
Regardless of what you think of his intentions, it's not exactly an ideal time for Derick to be asking favors from the masses.
The 28-year-old father of two has been so scandal-plagued in recent months that some have called him "the next Josh Duggar."
Obviously, Derick isn't involved in anything nearly as vile as the actions that brought down his disgraced brother-in-law.
However, like Josh, he could single-handedly cost the Duggars their lucrative show - or at least be essentially removed from it - with toxic behavior.
Earlier this month, Derick attacked Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and fellow TLC reality star, in a bizarre, transphobic rant on Twitter.
Thus far, there have been no serious ramifications from his actions, but fans might not be in a rush to fund his career as a result.
Going out of your way to give money to an aspiring minister who's in the habit of bullying already at-risk teen girls on social media?