Duggars in El Salvador - Feb 17, 2009

The Duggars are on the road again - or should we say in the air! This time the Duggars take a trip to El Salvador for sun, jungle, and service.

30 minutes

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder how many times they will vomit from air sickness this time! I'm sure Michelle will bust out her industrial-sized stash of dramamine.

BoyMomInTX said...

Uh oh. Please God don't start with the free trips already, a-la the Gosselins. I seriously love the Duggar episodes when they grocery shop and make lunch. I LOVE seeing how all that works. A huge family taking a weird vacation that they'd never actually take without TLC or at least take without dragging 18 kids along,it's just uncomfortable to watch!

SuzanneDeAZ said...

How do you know this is a free trip? It may be something they planned on doing for a long time. If the plan they took is a size of a commercial flight maybe they will not need puke bags.

Little Miss NASCAR said...

I am really looking forward to these episodes. I do mission work at orphanages, villages and at the garbage dump in Guatemala (El Salvador's neighbor) and just the previews make me tear up. It seems like they really got something out of it.
From the previews it also looks like just the older kids and Jim Bob went on the trip. While the trips I have gone on have ranged in price from 1500-2300 per person, this seems like something they would have done eventually anyway, not just because the cameras were along.

Blake said...

I wonder how they'll put their religion into his as they do everything else.

IowaGal said...

I'm assuming this is a missions trip-- not a vacation.

KidsAreCute said...

Is it my imagination, or does Anna look 'fuller' in the film clip where she's leaning against Josh and has her eyes closed. This was filmed in early December so if she's pregnant, she might have been just starting to show.

Sarah said...

"I wonder how they'll put their religion into his as they do everything else."

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I'm sure that they're going to care for "The least of these"

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25 37-40

Even if you don't believe in The Bible, it's still good that they went to serve people that have less then us, while we have so much. Having been on several mission trips though, I must say I came back from each one changed in a good way.

You become much more thankful for the little things when you see just how much people live without. I encourage everyone to go to a poor country and serve, even if you don't believe in God.

Amanda said...

i was with the Duggars on this trip to El Salvador in december.. anna is not preg. 10 of the kids (and anna) accompianed jim bomb.. and they have been apart of this mission for 3 years now and just now have allowed the cameras to follow them there... so where it might have been free, they didnt just decide to go b/c it was free. they were so much apart of what the SOS ministry stands for.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I understand that they do a lot of volunteer help and part of the contract with TLKC was to not follow the family when they go to the homeless shelter and other places.

I often read of those critical of this family that they do not give of their time. I knew that they did do so as most Christian homeschooling families do as that is part of what they want to teach their children, to give to others.

thanks for sharing that you were part of the team.

Sharla said...

For those of you questioning why El Salvador has two posts, please check the episode descriptions. TLC split it into two half hour episodes instead of making it a one hour episode. I have no idea why. Please don't send the messenger any more comments about it. :) It's TLC's fault.

Rita said...

Wow, go Duggars! Even though I have issues with the overall motives of missionary work, it is always good to help people who really need it. I think it will be fun to see them experience new and unfamiliar things. I also hope this trip gives some of the kids a travel bug, so that they'll be inspired to see more of the world-especially the girls.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I would not be surprised if the Duggar children have been to more places and will be going to more places than most people. Homeschooling families have more time to travel and end up going places as a means to learn hands on history and other subjects. I used to homeschool and belonged to two groups for homeschoolers and we were always doing trips.

My girls have been on trips I would have loved to gone when I was a child. My daughter has been to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorkstown, D.C. twice, Gettysberg, Mt. Vernon, Boston and many other places. Had we not homeschooled I doubt if she would have went to 1/3 of those places.

I knew one hs family that went to Germany and Holland after they studied the Holocaust. We did not have the means to go to Europe however we went to the Holocaust museum in D.C.

17K&CFan said...

I want to know what the Duggars think about birth control and children always being a blessing now when they see these families of 11 children starving because the parents can't afford to feed that many of them. And what they think about all these children with HIV who are parentless. They should be giving out condoms with the rice and beans.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Why would they think any differently. They prayed for the baby of a family of 11 kids so the baby will live.

If you think condons should be given out then go yourself and do the deed.

bayshoregrooming said...

I cannot believe Jim Bob is supposed to be intelligent and after 3 trips to Central America his version of Spanish is adding an "O" after an English word. I doesn't make Arkansas look like they have a very good school section. 'Backo out of the wayo'??? Jim Bob, let's get with the program!

Shawna said...

I think the Duggars only apply the 'no birth control' rule to themselves - Jim Bob and Michelle. I dont think they expect the whole world to throw their pills and condoms out the window. They know that they can handle this many children. They have a system that works for them. I think they also understand that that isn't the way most of the world works, and birth control is necessary. I could be wrong, but that's the impression I've always gotten.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate that the Duggars are volunteering in El Salvador, but why can't they save the money for the airline tickets (presuming TLC didn't pay for them) and drive a couple of hours in any direction from their house to rural Arkansas and help out their fellow countrymen? There are plenty of poverty stricken people in Arkansas. I personally feel that they should start there. I wish the Duggars could have taken home some of those Salvadorian orphans instead of making so many of their own. They definitely have the space and income to adopt children instead of making so many of their own. Either way, I appreciate them making the world a better place for those less fortuante.

Maria said...

If Jim Bob took ten kids with him on this trip, then basic math tells me his wife was home with the other seven. Yet when we see her talking from home, I don't hear any screaming or yelling. Yet at the Gosselins house, there is constant screaming and yelling from ALL of those kids. So kudos to Michelle and Jim Bob because they must be doing something right. Their hearts are in the right place, too. Although I don't agree with everything they do, they really are very caring, giving people.

SavetheSheeples said...

Last night's mission episodes were nice, except for Jim Bob's behavior at times.

He said in the beginning of the 1st episode that they've been there before, but from the way he acted, he didn't know a word of Spanish, other than "hola". It was kind of pitiful.

If acting like an ignoramus was his attempt at humor, then it was a lame one.

Maya said...

I for one prefer to watch the Duggars doing good over the whining Gosselins. Perhaps Jim Bob has no foreign language skills? Some people dont have that ability. Keep the good works coming, its got more heart for sure.

BoyMomInTX said...

I stand corrected. I am impressed that they had been before on these mission trips and it was nice to see them helping the kids. I thought it was just another lame attmept to get them out of the house and get something camera-worthy, but I really liked this episode. You could tell that this is something they have been involved in before and not for the publicity.
I love the Duggars, I really do and I hope this show continues. Does anyone know if it's doing well in the ratings?

Cee said...

I think it is great that the Duggars are finding ways for their children to give back however these two episodes were pretty boring. I think Jim Bob seemed rude and stupid when he talked to the people of El Salvador. I would have been insulted. I also thought it was rude how he kept bringing up how many children he had to people who can not afford to have a large family and probably have a high infant mortality rate. While the girls and Josh seemed respectful and kind the boys and Jim Bob (along with that semi-creepy missionary guy) seemed to love to emphasize how poor the people were. It was obvious they were poor i don't think being a missionary means rubbing people's face in their poverty.

I agree with the previous comments about Jim Bob's "spanish"...that's why he seemed stupid and rude to me.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I can not understand why some want to ditate how this family should spend their time. It seems they resent the fact that they took a trip to El Salvador. First place this is NOT their first trip so most likely they have paid for their trips before. If they got TLC to pay for the plane fair this time it gives them more freed up money to help those on the mission.

As far as driving in their car in Arkansas to help others they do that every Tue. and Saturday but they have asked TLC not to film them. I think going to El Salvador was the right thing to do. I just can not understand why others would suggest other wise. Those people deserve to have some one help them. It gives the Duggar children not only an outlet to serve them but it gives them a real eye opener of what life in a third world country is like. I know when others I personally know go on a trip like this life is never the same. They become more grateful for what they have.

Yes, Jim Bob was a dork. He should have made more of an attempt to learn Spanish. By the was Alto means stop at a stop sign but when you want someone to stop a certain behavior you do NOT use that wordk, you say "parate". He is such a dork.

Anonymous said...

In response to the poster who wished the Duggars could adopt some of the children, it is nearly impossible for Americans to adopt from El Salvador right now due to their government regulations and the U.S. adopting the Hague Treaty. I have a child adopted from Guatemala, which is now closed to US adoptions due to the Hague Treaty, so I know all too well the complications of the process as well as the frustration of knowing that children are suffering needlessly due to political red tape. For more information on adopting from El Salvador, go to
http://adoption.state.gov/
One regulation that would be a stumbling block for the Duggars is that the prospective parents must live with the child in El Salvador for at least one year prior to the adoption being finalized.

SLH in BA said...

It makes me furious when people criticize others about choices of where they want to direct their charity. Anonymous: "Why can't they help their fellow countrymen?" When someone wants to volunteer their time and money, no one should ever be critical of their choice!

Baffled said...

Did anyone else get the impression that the Duggars et al. were driving by those poor people and observing them as if they were in a zoo?

And the kids kept comparing the El Salvadorans with Americans. They need to learn that there are people in America who are just as poor.

Baffled said...

My girls have been on trips I would have loved to gone when I was a child. My daughter has been to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorkstown, D.C. twice, Gettysberg, Mt. Vernon, Boston and many other places. Had we not homeschooled I doubt if she would have went to 1/3 of those places.

Except for two years in private school, my kids went to public school... AND we also went to all those places and more. There are weekends, long holidays, and summer vacations. I don't think my kids were ever deprived of anything -- and they learned to get along with all different kinds of people (both teachers and students). I once considered home schooling (my husband would do the math and science -- he has a degree from MIT -- and I would do everything else -- I have a degree in English). But I was truly concerned about my kids' learning to interact with other people, outside of swimming pools and Girl Scouts. I have no regrets.

Old North State said...

Cee said: I think Jim Bob seemed rude and stupid when he talked to the people of El Salvador. I would have been insulted. I also thought it was rude how he kept bringing up how many children he had to people who can not afford to have a large family and probably have a high infant mortality rate.

This is what aggravates me about Jim Bob--his only claim to fame is that he has fathered a lot of children (oh, yeah, and a brief stint in state politics). He tells EVERYONE how many children he has--even a street person in San Francisco. I think he is a big doofus. If you don't know Spanish, get someone to help you communicate, don't mangle their language trying to be funny. That would be like saying "Mama Mia, thatsa spicy meatball" to Italians or "Ah So" to Chinese. Come on, Jim Bob, act like you've been farther than the end of your driveway. I have pretty much quit watching because I'm tired of JB and I do think that the kids can have a "holier than thou" attitude.

Sarah said...

"Last night's mission episodes were nice, except for Jim Bob's behavior at times.

He said in the beginning of the 1st episode that they've been there before, but from the way he acted, he didn't know a word of Spanish, other than "hola". It was kind of pitiful.

If acting like an ignoramus was his attempt at humor, then it was a lame one."

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I have to say that I, having been to Mexio 7 times, still don't know a lick of Spanish. Not because I don't want to learn, but because I honestly struggle with learning different languages ( I took 4 years of german, and can;t speak that either). Sure, Jim Bob's atempts were pretty sad, but I once accidently asked a group of children to come to the back and play with "little pieces of meat" (carnitas) when I meat to ask if they wanted to play "marbles" (canicas)... oops!

Sure, they made fun of me, but they were SO greatful to have people there to play with them, and bring them food, clothes and other items, they didn't care if we spoke french to them. They were just happy.

KidsAreCute said...

What did the missionary guy mean when he said that the aids afflicted children were taken away for the day "so that they wouldn't be exploited"? Was that due to the cameras? If that was the case, then TLC could have turned off the cameras and the team of volunteers could have brought their mission to all the children.

When he was speaking, he seemed almost on the verge of tears. At first, I thought he was angry w/ the powers that be that removed the children. However, the comment "so they wouldn't be exploited" could mean it was the cameras that prompted the removal of the children.

Otherwise, I loved the show. This was truly an enjoyable episode. Jessa is becoming the most articulate in the bunch.

Kasey said...

I found this episode appalling.

The Duggars are far too isolated and clueless about the world outside of Arkansas and their small world clouded by misled belief systems. The impoverished Salvadorian people did not need talking bibles, 'Jesus Freak' talk and Toys. They need running water, food, and medical care.

The ONE thing they do have is their strong roots in the catholic religion and sense of family. They don't need some off-ish religious missionaries 'blessing' them and praying for them.

What was the whole point of them going to the orphanage?? Most people here know their stance on adoption AND birth control/protection.

I watched this episode with my Salvadorian boyfriend and we were both destroyed. am NOT religious, but I got down and prayed for those children with him after seeing this!

Adios Duggars! You are not welcome there....

Tammy C said...

With all of the ctitism of the Duggars being in El Slavador then it looks like no missionaries are ever welcomed there.I have seen many people collect items for their mission trips just what the Duggars brought.So it seems to me that no one should ever go on mission trips because they are not welcomed.

Luey said...

Tammy C,

I don't think anyone should go on mission trips to convert people to Christianity! I think people should go do relief work based on helping people obtain food, clean water, and medical care. People already have their own religions.
That being said, I think it's important to learn that other people may have very different lives, and that one should appreciate what one has. In that sense, I think the mission trip will help the children. I just wish they would help without bringing God into it.

slsorl said...

I, for one, applaud the Duggar trip to El Salvador. These are compassionate, caring, loving people who care deeply about the plight of the less fortunate...so what if Jim Bob is a ham...it livens things up... in the end he is more of a man than most...good for him that he has figured out a way to make a living from the airwaves...watching the political nonsense that is telecast these days, I'll take the Duggars anyday...

Jim Bob No Habla Espanol said...

Hey...Jim Bob may have weak foreign language skills, but he can out talk the Gosselins in plain English anyday. Those two buffoons can't communicate beyond a fourth grade....ummmm..... level.

T.R. said...

KidsAreCute said...
What did the missionary guy mean when he said that the aids afflicted children were taken away for the day "so that they wouldn't be exploited"?
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Perhaps he thought they were the Gosselins.

Cee said...

Luey I completly agree! Especially in a country where they do have such a strong Catholic faith. The have no right to come in a try and force their religion on these people.

Anonymous said...

I am the anonymous that suggested they help their fellow countrymen instead of El Salvadorians.

SLH in BA had made the comment (paraphrasing here) that I shouldn't care how they spend their money to help others, yada yada. (I cannot believe my comment made you furious - get a grip) I'm just saying, one could save the money they spent on airfare for 11 people to fly to El Salador and spend it closer to home. Or, you could even just send the airfare money to the S.O.S. charity that was already there. S.O.S. seemed perfectly capable of buying small bags of rice, etc., and distributing it without JimBob & the kids around. Yes, they are free to help whomever they choose, and I applaud everyone who helps others - no matter where they are, or how they help. Even if TLC did pick up the airfare tab, I would've asked that they send the money directly to S.O.S. As far as JimBob wanting his children to experience poverty, H.I.V.+ orphans, there are plenty here in the U.S., heck even airfare to Mexico is cheaper!

Anyhoo, JimBob & Michelle are going to be on Larry King tonight. Also, Michelle & JimBob were interviewed today by CNN in order to get their opinion on the "Octomom". You can read the transcript of the interview here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/20/duggar.parents.qanda/index.html

Farewell Grandpa Duggar said...

http://health.discovery.com/tv/duggars/slideshow/grandpa-duggar.html

Farewell Grandpa Duggar


( Duggars are going to be on Larry King Live tonight )

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Going on this mission was this family working with an already established church there and mission. They did not force their religion on them at all. They may have shared their faith by giving out recorded Bibles but that was in no way forcing their "reglion". Who are you to judge what they should or should not do? Are you God? I doubt it as the New Testament tell us to go and share the "good news" to all nations. I think they will listen to what they may believe is a mandate from God before they take some one's judgment from this web site.

Anonymous said...

i also commend the duggars for serving others less-fortunate than themselves. and i think it's great that they allowed their children to go! sometimes that is what young people need to see to really appreciate what they have. (and wow, some of you are judging the words of the young duggar boys! they are just sharing what they know!) and if you've seen any of the other episodes or really know anything about the family, you would know that they do serve locally! if jim bob and michelle have a heart and a passion for the people of el salvador, why shouldn't they be able to go there and serve the people?

to those of you saying, "they shouldn't go and force christianity", i say, "watch the show again." they never forced anything on those people. yes, they prayed with them and shared the word of god, but if you have had the experiences with the lord and with the power of prayer in the ways that i have (and i'm assuming the duggars as well), then you would be willing to go and share that hope with people in need as well!

Little Miss NASCAR said...

I think it is a shame that people are criticizing the Duggar's trip to El Salvador. As a short term missionary myself (I spend part of each July in Guatemala and will be going to Albania in the fall), I have visited several places like those the Duggars mission team went to.
It IS heartbreaking to see families with no running water, spotty or no electricity and little else but the clothes on their back. In a short term mission setting, we are limited to what we can do. My team brought families basic items then sat down with them and talked, played with their kids. At the end, we asked for prayer requests. Those were some of the most moving parts of our trips. Do we wish we could have done more? Yes, but circumstances really prohibited it. As for the Duggars driving around "viewing the people like they were at a zoo", what I have always found funny is usually its the villagers who are super curious about us. For all the hardships they go through, most of them asked us about our families and our lives. They prayed for us just as we prayed for them.
As far as people commenting on the orphanage trip, its an awesome thing to bring things to the kids that just let them be kids for a day or two. Let the kids be silly- what kid doesn't love a goofy "gringo"?
I guess the point of my post is this... nobody should criticize anothers work for the Lord. Its hard to really wrap your head around the circumstances of the poverty in other countries. I know that even though I had a small idea of what it would be like, I was still taken aback when I went the first time. I believe the Duggars have the right intentions. Thanks for reading my opinion. It was much longer than I anticipated, but this is really an important subject for me.

Anonymous said...

The Duggar are not a family. They are a cult. They all look alike, dress alike and think alike. The thing I have enjoyed most about having a large family myself...is the individuality of each of my children. Jim Dumb and Michelle are like the Steppord Family. Their children are mini me's. Michelle does nothing but have babies. Her children are busy cooking,doing laundry, watching the other kids and packing for trips. Its really disgusting.

Jim Dumb does everything except beat on his chest like Tarzan. Me Jim Dumb and I fathered 18 kids. Big freaking deal! I saw their son just got married and the wedding party dressed in a freaking public restroom...Yuck! All the hoopla over the first kiss which was so precious and special when viewed by millions. What a crock! They want to help El Salvador give them the money spent to fly jim Dumb and his cult over there. It would have been more useful....and saved alot of people the agony of watching this crap on tv.

Dustin said...

To everyone who says the airfare money could have been used for more food needs to realize that never would have worked. Who payed for the plane tickets? TLC. Where did TLC get the money? Advertisers. Why are advertisers giving their money to TLC? So they can impact viewers with their products. Why would people watch these ads? Because they're watching the show. Why are people watching the show? Because the Duggars spent some time in El Salvador and that interest them. No trip = no viewers = no ads = no ad money = no TLC funds = no flights in the first place = no flight money to convert to food.

Marianne said...

I love the show (partially because this family seems seriously unhinged), and while everyone else seems disturbed by his lack of Spanish, I can forgive that. Many people struggle with language and many more would feel uncomfortable trying another language in front of the camera.

I don't, however, forgive his idiotic mocking of Spanish, and more importantly, I don't forgive his basic stupidity. He actually said the Salvadoran Civil War was in the last decade, when it definitely wasn't. It was the defining part of the 1980s in El Salvador and ended for the most part in the early 1990s. I don't expect people to be well versed in the history of a place that they're not from and didn't study, but I do expect that they not pass on knowledge they don't have.

And that is also why they shouldn't be allowed to homeschool. I think we'd all object to a public school teacher passing out misinformation to his or her students.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Are you kidding? Most of the new history books have tons of misinformation or putting emphasis on such things of the life of Maryln Monroe with several pages and just a half page with President Lincoln. Just cause JB said something off does not mean his wife is disqualifed to teach.

maylene said...

i do not think they were forcing their religion on anybody. i think they genuinely wanted to help and did so, they made the kids so happy.
my husband is from guatemala which is right next door and pretty much the same conditions. in fact his child hood home had dirt floors, and they too cooked over an open fire!
his comment to the show, was go to guatemala next!

go duggars!

CappuccinoLife said...

I am married to someone who is from a developing country. He has really mixed feelings on missionaries, particularly short-term missionaries. But he has those same mixed feelings about secular aid organizations.

Because the fact is, nobody coming in from the outside really has a good understanding of what people really need. Everyone comes in with their own agenda, whether that's getting converts (christians) or destroying a cultural concept that large families are good/pushing contraception and abortion(secular agencies).

OTOH, these same people really can do a lot of good. It's a mixed bag.

And I think it was good for the Duggar children to go, even if they didn't do anything particularly useful. My life and perspective was changed completely after living in my husband's country of origin. All us spoiled Americans have *no clue* how the rest of the world lives. And we need to get a clue.

So good for the Duggars, I say. At least they made an effort and were willing to look at the contrast between their life and the lives of others.

Anonymous said...

Free or not, why El Salvador? There are plenty of opportunities for service to the impoverished in Arkansas. Wasn't Jim Bob in the AK legislature? What was his record on easing the suffering in his own backyard? Somehow, I think not much. In reality, he's more interested in getting tax breaks for those who homeschool - seems more than a little self-serving and less self-sacrificing.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I just do not understand why some want to dictate where a family wants to minister. They have been going to El Salvador for years. They have a relationship with this orphanage. The Duggars already do a lot of charity work in their own state, they just do not advertise it or put it on TV. Why can they not choose El Salvador?