The church said that instead of a flyer in the mail inviting them to the Easter services, each of the 1,600 families whose debt was paid off received a note that said, “We’re Pathway Church, we may never meet you. But as an act of kindness in the name of Jesus Christ, your debt has been forgiven.”
It seems like the season of giving and a church in Wichita did just that. According to KWCH, Pathway Church decided to do something special this Easter. Usually, around this time, the church spends money on TV ads and direct mail to promote their Easter Sunday service. But this year, they decided to do something different. Lead pastor Todd Carter recently explained to his congregation, “We decided to do something different this year.” So, they took some of the money it uses to help those suffering financial hardships and some of the money used to promote its Easter services, and it used those funds to pay off $2.2 million in medical for Kansans who fell into the hardship category.
They helped around 1,600 families as the church worked with RIP Medical Debt. RIP purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar. This means that one penny could pay off $1 of debt; $1 can pay off $100 and $100 can pay off $10,000. The church said that instead of a flyer in the mail inviting them to the Easter services, each of the 1,600 families whose debt was paid off received a note that said, “We’re Pathway Church, we may never meet you. But as an act of kindness in the name of Jesus Christ, your debt has been forgiven.”
The church ended up spending about $22,000 to clear nearly $2.2 million in debt. Carter told the church, “I want you to imagine for a moment what those 1,600 people felt like last week when they got that letter in the mail. What was going on in those houses when they got that letter in the mail and all of a sudden they realize that their debt, this debt that has been hanging over their head has been forgiven… that’s exactly what God in the person of Jesus Christ wants you to feel each and every day – that your debt has been forgiven.”
The church shared the event on Facebook, and captioned it: This Easter, we sent a special piece of mail to all 1,600 Kansans who fell into a hardship category determined by RIP Medical Debt. We let them know that in Jesus’ name, their medical debt had been forgiven. Jesus did the same thing on the cross when He declared “it is finished.” The debt of our sins, that we could not pay, had been forgiven! Tetelestai. It is finished. Paid in full. #EasterAtPathway.
RIP Medicals has reportedly abolished $635 million in medical debt for about 200,000 Americans since 2014. What they do is they actually go out there and they buy medical debt. And they do it for people who have fallen on hard times. Maybe somebody has come under a significant illness, they’ve had a car accident. For whatever reason, they find themselves in a hardship medical situation, unable to pay their debt, Carter explained in the clip on Facebook.
“These individuals are hardworking people, veterans, young families and individuals who are unable to pay their debt. And what RIP does is that they go out there and they buy that medical debt, a penny to the dollar …. So for example, when you give one penny that pays off one dollar of medical debt. When you give one dollar that pays off a hundred dollars of medical debt. And when you give $100, that pays off $10,000 dollars of medical debt,” he explained.
Several people were touched by what the church did for the people in need. After all, it is in times of need that they need to help people, rather than spending it on an occasion. Debora S Weve said: I think this just may be the greatest thing I have seen a church do. Excellent!!! What a blessing!!! Susan Giovanni said: This is who the church is and what church does. Be Christ. Patti Cantrell said: Pathway became the hands and feet of Jesus. I believe HE is well pleased. Thank you, Pathway!
Loretta Whitehurst asked the church: But why are you bragging! They replied: We’re not meaning to brag Loretta! We’re just so excited about what God has done for us by forgiving our debts on the cross, that we thought this was a perfect way to illustrate it! Gina Gabriel Blair was deeply touched: Oh my goodness. As a mom of 2 medically fragile kids, I know what this would feel like to get a notice like this. You have likely given those folks something they may never have achieved on their own let alone showed them love from someone who doesn’t even “know” them. Job was well done on being Jesus’ hands and feet.