A congregation in Michigan was able to eliminate $3.89 million in medical debt for families as part of a nationwide nonprofit charity’s effort to help those in need.
Victory Life Church of Battle Creek announced Sunday that they had raised $15,000 for the project, which a nonprofit known as RIP Medical Debt was able to use to purchase nearly $4 million in medical debt.
Pastor James Sunnock explained in comments published by local media on Monday that the funds will go to help people in Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Branch, Barry and Eaton counties.
“All of that $3.8 million was for people within our community, and that’s what we loved about it,” Sunnock said, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
“It would be great to do it for anybody, but we wanted to invest and bring change within our community. … The fact these are people in economically hard times, it felt good to do something without expecting anything in return.”
RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 and garnered major headlines in 2016 when it was positively featured on comedian John Oliver’s HBO series “Last Week Tonight.”
Based in New York, the nonprofit has worked with churches across the country to help provide medical debt relief through buying medical debt for pennies on the dollar through the collection system and forgiving the debt so those in debt incur no expenses.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski