A small church in Maryland is making big waves of change for helping clear up nearly $2 million in medical debt for 900 families across the state.
Revolution Annapolis, a non-denominational church, broke the good news to its recipients in letters sent out last Monday announcing that their medical bills, which varied from hundreds to thousands of dollars, had been wiped clean by the non-denominational church, Fox News reported.
The 170-member church was able to foot the medical bills after embarking on a fundraising campaign and then teaming up the with non-profit, RIP Medical Debt, in December and January in an effort to forgive $1,893,288.73 of medical debt to families across the state.
"We did this because we believe it is the church’s job to be radically good news to the people in its community," Lead Pastor Kenny Camacho told Fox News. "We want our city to look and feel different because we are here, period."
Camacho noted that their efforts were not part of a strategy to get more people to attend their church.
"We know that there are strings attached to almost everything we do these days: everything you buy, everything you search for online, becomes part of the next advertisement you see," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "Revolution wants to resist the idea that the church is just another business: the church should exist so that people can have hope, period."
The pastor said their campaign was a "practical and tangible way" to help people in need, regardless of whether or not they belonged to a church. Camacho added that he hoped the gesture would inspire other churches and organizations to do more within the community.
"We can all make a difference," he said.
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