Why Did the Duggars Face Backlash On Their Trip to Honduras?

The Duggars, the family well known for its TLC shows 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, dedicate their lives to the Lord and to helping others. This means they sometimes do missionary work overseas. However, a recent trip to Honduras turned sour for the family when people on social media threw backlash at the family’s photo. What were people upset about?

The Duggar family

The Duggar family posted this photo while in Honduras. | The Duggar Family via Instagram

The Duggars are most known for their television shows, 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On

The Duggar family rose to fame when TLC gave the group a reality show. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, the head honchos of the family, had 19 children together, which is almost unheard of in the United States or anywhere else in the world. The number of children caught the attention of producers, and soon, the family was given a show. The family has deep religious roots and lives in Arkansas, and each member dedicates his or her life to the Lord. Along with such a religious lifestyle often comes ministry work, which the family does to help give back to those in need. But a recent ministry trip didn’t go over well.

The Duggars took a trip to do ministry work in Honduras

The Duggars ventured to Honduras to take on some religious ministry work in the lesser developed areas of the country. They’ve been known for helping others in need in the U.S., but their work soon took them overseas. The family, as well as the married couples on their own, began visiting South America more frequently to help out. However, things with the family’s ministry work have not always gone over well. Jill and Derick Dillard’s charitable ministry organization shut down in 2017 after some questioned where the money was going. (Derick Dillard was later allegedly fired from the show due to transphobic slurs he’d used against another TLC star.) But the family as a whole always vowed to get involved wherever they were needed.

But people on Instagram were quick to attack the family’s post

While the family was in Honduras, they posted a photo of themselves along with some Hondurans they had met on their trip. The photo got plenty of Instagram likes, but some people were not as loving. One user wrote, “Just think about what they could do with the amount of [money] it takes to fly [you] all there [and] back, plus expenses.”

Aside from the complaints about the cost for the family to visit the country, some complained about the migrant caravan situation currently going on at the U.S. border. One user wrote, “I hope you all are just as excited and on fire for the Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.? The ones President Trump is tear gassing? … You should be publicly condemning Trump for his actions …” Another comment read, “Why don’t you go to Mexico and minister to the Hondurans in need there?” Other people even condemned the family for offering any help to Hondurans. One user wrote that by doing charity work over there, the Duggars were “encouraging and helping Illegals come to America.”

However, the family still completed their trip despite the backlash

Despite the backlash on Instagram, the family still helped out where it was needed in the country. And although there were some negative comments about their work, there was some positivity on the post, too. One user wrote, “I’m from Honduras hope you guys have a great time and return home safely!!! God bless!!!” The family didn’t appear to let the negativity affect their work and will likely continue to periodically travel to South America to help others.

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