Indiana church to pay off $1.5 million of medical debt for local families

Updated: May. 13, 2019 at 11:03 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - On Sunday, City Church of Evansville announced that it will pay off $1.5 million of medical debt for families in the city of Evansville.

“They eliminate crippling medical debt for people who live at or near poverty level,” says Pastor Jeff Kinkade.

The church will pay the debt through a non-profit organization called RIP Medical Debt.

“We’re able to erase all of that medical debt, all $1.5 million of that medical debt for those people with a $15,000 contribution from City Church,” says Kinkade

The non-profit has cleared medical debts for more than 200,000 Americans in recent years. RIP Medical debt buys back medical debt from pennies on the dollar for people living at or near poverty level incomes.

“This felt like something that for us as a church once we, once we learned about this, this seemed like something that fit what we’re doing as a church, what we want to do as a church. It fit the message of the gospel. It fit our vision statement up there on the wall,” says Kinkade.

City Church says for each family affected with debt will receive a note from the church saying, “We may never meet, but as an act of love in the name of Jesus Christ, your debt has been forgiven.”

“Our vision has always been to demonstrate the love of Christ to the city of Evansville, not just talk about it,” said Lead Pastor Jeff Kinkade. “We’re not a mega-church with enormous resources so we are always looking for ways that we can make the biggest impact with the resources we do have. Christ’s sacrifice paid our moral debt, so sacrificing money to pay someone else’s financial debt seemed quite fitting to us.”

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