Florida church helps 6,500 families by paying off $7.2 million in medical debt
Matthias Browning

Matthias Browning

A church in Central Florida is set to produce a financial miracle for some 6,500 people struggling with medical debt.

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLan is sending a letter informing those selected that their crippling medical debt will be paid in full, courtesy of the church’s generosity.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the $7.2 million in blessing is the church’s way of blessing the community.

“It’s one thing for us to say, ‘God loves you,’” said senior pastor Dan Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, whose congregation donated enough to buy off the medical debt for low-income residents in Volusia, Lake, Putnam, Marion and Flagler counties. “It’s another for us to show that.”

An offering taken up on June 30 has raised the funds needed after the church had raised the funds it needed to cover its annual operating expenses.

The church will distribute the funds through RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit that buys selected medical debt from health-care providers and debt collectors — typically at one penny on the dollar — and then uses donations to pay off the bills.

Glenn figured his congregation could raise enough to cover one foster home for a year and pay off the medical debt of every Volusia County resident living near the federal poverty level.

“It was awesome,” Glenn said. “I can’t wait for some of those families to receive a letter that says: ‘Your debt has been forgiven.’”

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