EXCLUSIVE: Jill and Derick Dillard to Return to Mission Work After Controversy Over Hiatus

by Alex Ungerman 6:20 PM PDT, September 21, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Jill and Derick Dillard to Return to Mission Work After Controversy Over Hiatus

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Derick Dillard will apparently be returning to their mission work soon.

In light of the couple’s seemingly lengthy hiatus from their mission work in El Salvador, which led to some controversy, a family member tells ET that "Jill’s heart is with her mission. We're sure she will be back soon."

The couple and their son, 5-month-old Israel David, left for their ministry trip on July 5 and have since returned to the U.S. multiple times, leading some to believe they are using donations they've received for something other than mission work.

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Traveling! :-) #lovemyfamily @derickdillard

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

The couple attended their cousin Amy Duggar's wedding in Bentonville, Arkansas earlier this month, as well as the wedding of Bringing Up Bates stars Michaela Bates and Brandon Keilen on Aug. 15 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Over the weekend, the couple shared photos on Instagram celebrating "Pirate Day" at Krispy Kreme for free donuts.

Headed to @krispykreme for some free donuts on #PirateDay today! @derickdillard #babypirate #piratefamily

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

"14 dozen free donuts from @krispykreme for #PirateDay," Jill wrote on her Instagram.

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14 dozen free donuts from @krispykreme for #PirateDay

A video posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

Subsequently, Jill suggested the couple had shared some of her donuts with people in need, writing, "We just met Olivia and Dan and were able to share a box of our free donuts with them."

We just met Olivia and Dan and were able to share a box of our free donuts with them. #PirateDay

A photo posted by Jill Dillard (@jillmdillard) on

The couple’s social media presence has caused some fans to question the mission work Jill and Derick are doing.

"So what exactly are you doing to help people in El Salvador? Your donors would like a detailed statement of what their money is being used for," one Facebook commenter wrote. "As far as I can see, all you guys are doing is going to Spanish class and making fun of the locals. Oh, I forgot. You also did that stupid interpretive dance thing. Have you done anything worthwhile to actually help people, or are you just there to convert Catholics?"

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"Jill, how did you spend my donation for your mission trip?" another user asked. "Where are the pictures of the hospital, schools and bible studies you helped with? Can you post them so I can show everyone why I donated to your cause?"

Additionally, last week, Derick announced via the family website that Jill is officially a midwife.

"I am so proud of her for her diligence, perseverance, and hard work to see this long road through to its end and reaching her goal of becoming a CPM," Derick wrote.

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Meanwhile, Jill's brother, disgraced former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, is reportedly still in rehab, the family confirms to ET. And a source in the family tells ET that everyone is still a long way off from forgiveness.

"It is going to take a long time before we forgive," the source told ET. "In the long term, eventually, we will forgive, it will be in our best interest to forgive. Won't happen soon. Won't happen fast. Just because we forgive doesn't mean we trust ever again. We are still extremely upset. We are all still hurt. Josh is still in rehab, nobody is warm and fuzzy to him yet. It still feels like he is a stranger."

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