Earlier this week, the Duggar family revealed in a social media post that they were on a mission trip to Honduras, and the news did not go over well with some fans. Many of their followers started slamming the family in the comments, saying that the reality stars were “forcing their religion or lifestyle” on others.
“We have arrived in Central America, and we are so excited about what the Lord is doing here! Thank you for all your prayers,” the caption read from the Duggar family’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
The family also posted a pic of Jim Bob, Michelle, Jana, James, and Jennifer – plus a few friends – posing in front of a sign that read “Bienvenidos A Honduras,” which means welcome to Honduras.
There was a lot of outrage from fans, with many begging the family to “leave the locals alone” because they have their own religion. One fan called the mission trip “nuts,” while others started to argue over missionary work in predominantly Christian countries.
Some fans couldn’t figure out what the family was trying to accomplish. One follower tried to answer the question by writing that the family was attempting “to convert people to the ‘proper’ form of Christianity. It’s crazy.”
One follower commented that it was that time of year again for the Duggars to push their religion on Catholics with some “poverty tourism.”
As In Touch Weekly reports, this isn’t the first time the family has done missionary work in Central America. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard lived in El Salvador with their son Israel. And, Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo started courting after a ministry trip in 2015.
I'm sure the duggar family has donated thousands of dollars to the local people – digging wells, building schools, immunizing children… lol JK
— Ann B Needler (@AnnNeedler) December 5, 2018
There were some Counting On fans who defended the family’s mission trip. One even claimed to have personal experience.
“I have personally been on mission trips with the Duggars to this exact location and with the exact organization. No one is encouraging and ‘helping’ Honduras to come to America. Rather the organization helps people get on their feet and thrive where they are,” wrote the fan.
The Duggars return with new episodes of Counting On in 2019.