Former Counting On star Derick Dillard doesn’t know when to stop when it comes to his comments on social media. After TLC fired him because of his transphobic rants about transgender teen Jazz Jennings, Dillard has moved on to another topic: abortion. He definitely doesn’t shy away from sharing his political and religious views, but after his most recent online exchange with fans over his pro-life agenda, Dillard and his wife snuck off to Mexico. Why did the couple not share their latest mission trip with their fans?
Just a few months after returning from their two-year mission trip to Central America, Dillard and his wife, Jill Duggar, packed up again and headed out for a trip to Guadalajara.
Their home church – Cross Church in Arkansas – posted a photo on its Instagram over the weekend that included Dillard, Duggar, and their youngest son, Samuel, in the middle of a group headed south of the border for a week-long trip to help another church that launched last September.
“Pray with us for our group heading to Guadalajara today!!!” read the pic caption for the trip that the Cross-Church Purity Page describes as a mission trip to help a man named Julio Arriola with his new Vida Church.
Duggar and Dillard will help Arriola with “street evangelism,” which is where the missionaries go out to the streets and preach the gospel to people in a public space.
For a family that shares everything about their ministry with their fans on social media or their TV show, it is strange that the couple did not make any announcements about the trip on their own pages or website.
In the past, the young couple has been so willing to share their missionary work with fans that they have set up pages on GoFundMe to get help with funding their ministry and trips. They recently requested $10,000 to start the Cross-Church School of Ministry program, but they only managed to raise $6,074.
This latest trip to Guadalajara cost $1470 per person, so Duggar and Dillard spent close to $3,000 for their week in Mexico, but it’s not clear where the money came from.
Duggar has also found herself in some hot water over another money issue. She recently entered her son Israel into an online contest run by the Tuttle Twins book series with a cash prize of $350 for the post who gets the most likes and shares.
Obviously, with her reality TV fame and over one-and-a-half-million followers on social media, many thought that Duggar entering the contest wasn’t fair. But, a Tuttle Twins rep said it wouldn’t be fair for them to disqualify Duggar based on the number of followers she has.
As for Dillard, his abortion argument on Twitter started when he posted a link to an article about the advancement of an Iowa pro-life bill that would ban abortion from the point when an embryo has a detectable heartbeat.
Followers immediately slammed Dillard for his hypocrisy with his use of the word “equality” and called him out for being a man with such concern over women’s reproductive rights. But, of course, he couldn’t help but to respond with confusing words about religion, virginity, and being able to have an opinion.
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar or Derick Dillard – air Monday nights on TLC.