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CHURCH PAYS OFF NEARLY $2 MILLION IN MEDICAL BILLS FOR 900 FAMILIES

A Maryland church has wiped out nearly $2 million in medical debt impacting about 900 individuals and families across 14 counties in the state thanks to a generous donation.  Letters were sent to many across the state of Maryland telling them that their medical debts have been eliminated, some as large as $100,000 and some as small as $200.  They were told that their debt was eliminated with no strings attached thanks to the “Churches of Annapolis.”  Last Christmas, attendees of Revolution Annapolis, a medium-sized nondenominational church, began fundraising to help brothers and sisters in their local area escape from the clutches of medical debt.

According to lead Pastor Kenny Camacho, they were inspired by the success that a Texas church had last year when it raised enough funds to erase medical debt for over 4,000 families.  In January, the Revolution Annapolis made a donation to RIP Medical Debt.  While the initial goal was to eliminate the debt for people in Annapolis, the funds were enough to eliminate all the medical debt in Annapolis and 14 Maryland counties.  Camacho stressed that the gift of medical forgiveness comes with no strings attached.  He doesn’t want recipients to feel that they owe anything.

“That is a core part of our belief system.  We think this is a practical and tangible way that we can help people, regardless of whether they are part of a church or not” he explained.  “We hope that is kind of the taste of the larger message that we would like to communicate to people about what it means to have debt forgiven.”  Camacho explained that churches should strive to be the “good news” within their local communities and hopes to see churches in other areas raise funds to eliminate medical debt in their areas. “Cities that have churches in them should be different because Christians are in those cities,” Camacho contended.

“So we want our city to look different because we are here.  This is one of the ways that we can do that.”  Revolution Church, a church of about 170 members who meet in an elementary school, now aim to build a coalition of local churches to work together to forgive medical debt.  “We are open to doing something similar in years to come although it will take time.  We will have to spread that circle a lot larger,” he explained. Last year, Covenant Church in Texas, paid off over $10 million in debt impacting over 4,229 families in the area.  I tell you it is the easiest decision we have ever made,” Pastor Stephen Hayes told his congregation upon announcing the donation.

Source: The Christian Post