Crossroads church in Cincinnati ,USA announced Sunday that it is paying off $46.5 million in medical debt for more than 45,000 families.
According to FOX, The megachurch partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a medical debt relief nonprofit, to wipe out debts for people in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. They will receive bright yellow envelopes this week letting them know the good news.
“C9“When we are in debt, a sin debt to God, we can’t get our way out of the sin debt to God,” he said during the sermon. “Jesus comes and gives himself so we can pay off our sin debt, so we never have to worry about God hurting us for our sin.”
Crossroads could give to free others’ debt, too, he said. And for every dollar they raised, Crossroad’s partner RIP Medical Debt would leverage that dollar to abolish $100 in medical debt, therefore multiplying the church’s impact.
Within a week and a half, members of the Crossroads community donated enough to abolish over $46.5 million in medical debt nationwide.
Tome told his congregation about the
“opportunity to multiply our impact” during a Nov. 23 sermon, “They’ll get a letter that says, ‘Congratulations, your debt has been paid because someone loves you and there is a God that has not forgotten about you.'”
On Sunday, the pastor read aloud a message from one of the lucky beneficiaries.
“I received this piece of mail in this bright yellow envelope and started to throw it away,” the pastor read. “But when I saw that it said your medical debt has been paid, I thought, ‘seriously, wait a minute.’ When I read it I got emotional – the person continued – because I have been so needing a break with getting my credit together. I really appreciate the gift.”
The church wiped out debt for 41,233 households in Ohio for a total of $42.8 million, 2,974 Kentucky households abolishing $1.9 million in debt, 503 Tennessee households for $1.5 million, and 136 Indiana homes for $200,000.
For every $100 donated to RIP Medical Debt, $10,000 in medical debt is wiped