Christian church helps thousands of families pay medical debt.
It seems like all we hear about religion in the news is people using it is a reason to be crappy to each other.
So it comes as a refreshing change that a Christian church has made it into the news for a good reason.
The Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas revealed that it has helped over 4,000 families pay off medical debt.
The total amount that the church has helped unburden the families from is thought to total roughly $10.5 million.
The senior pastor at the church, Stephen Hayes announced that the money was raised with the help of the congregation.
From the Christian Post:
“Stephen Hayes, senior pastor of Covenant Church based in Carrollton, announced during his Easter Sunday sermon that thanks to generous giving by church members, the church had enough extra funds to donate $100,000 to an organization that purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar and forgives individuals and families of their debt.”
This is a heartwarming example of people actually putting the Christian values that they go to church for into practice.
Hayes explained that the church normally spends a large amount of money on advertisements around Easter time, in an effort to boost church congregations. But instead this year the church decided to use this money for good.
“What if we bought up some of this medical debt and write on the letters, ‘We are Covenant Church and we are local in this area and we can serve you in any way and we would love to be your church. But even if we don’t get to meet you, just know that God loves you,’”
A similar generous act was carried out last year by John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight’. He cleared the medical debt of 9,000 individuals which should have cost $14,922,261.76 for only $60,000.
The same company, RIP Medical Debt was also used by Stephen Hayes and the Covenant Church.
While some might argue that this act has produced the same amount, or perhaps even more publicity than the original adverts might have pulled in the kindness of the gesture was warmly welcomed by the families who were helped.
Many families in the U.S struggle to pay expensive medical bills and the result can be financial worry looming over them for decades. The Christian Church is obviously not short of a dime or two, and it is refreshing to see them spending it wisely.