Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Offering Refunds to Those Who Donated to Their Work as Missionaries

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Jill Duggar and hubby Derick Dillard have come under fire in recent months since leaving to serve as missionaries in Central America. Answering a request for donations on their blog page, some who donated have started questioning exactly what they were helping to fund.

Questions first arose when Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard returned home for the wedding of a member of the Bates family--another large Christian family with a reality TV show. They then returned just weeks later for cousin Amy Duggar's wedding.

Lately, some have wondered if the Dillard Family Ministries--i.e. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard--are soliciting funds to simply live in a foreign country. Instead of taking Spanish lessons prior to leaving for El Salvador, they have studied while away--leaving many to question the validity of their donations.

Apparently lots of people have complained, because Jill and Derick now offer an option for refunds on their website's donation page.

In Touch Weekly reported a while back that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's home church in Arkansas didn't feel their work was sufficient enough to deem them missionaries by their own church's standards.

While a refund option has appeared on the Dillard Family Ministries site, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are still soliciting donations for their work as missionaries.

What do you suppose is going on with the former 19 Kids and Counting star and her husband? Is their work in Central America legitimate?

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are presently home in Arkansas at this time. Just three days ago she posted a photo of their son Israel in the company of some of the younger 19 Kids and Counting siblings.

"Check out our website for recent pics and a new blog update! www.dillardfamily.com," Jill Duggar Dillard posted.

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

Do you think Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are legitimately soliciting donations for their work as missionaries? Or are people funding a missions trip the two simply hope to take some day?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.