Thousands of Texan families had their medical debt paid fully by Dallas’ Lake Pointe Church, and the families don’t need to pay anything anytime.
Pastor Josh Howerton read the letter aloud to KDFW, addressing their church-goers, “We are pleased to inform you that you no longer owe the balance on the debt referenced above to the above provider. Our forgiveness of the amount you owe is a no strings attached gift. You no longer have any obligation to pay this debt to anyone at any future time.”
The pastor said that their church gets a lot of donations from their church-goers. They have 12,000 members from several campuses. The Lake Pointe Church has paid almost $2.7 million of medical debt, and its beneficiaries are nearly 2,400 households in Dallas and Rockwall counties.
Josh said the gift surprises their people because most of them are below the poverty line. He stated, “Some of them were people who are making less than two times the federal poverty rate. Some of them were insolvent. That means their debts are greater than their assets. Some of them are veterans.”
Josh said the church collaborated with RIP Medical Debt. It’s an organization that purchases medical debt cheaply so they can free people from their financial obligations. Their church has only spent $27,000, and they’ve been able to pay $2.6 million for thousands of families.
It’s a big gift that coincides with the church’s 40th anniversary. The pastor hopes their act would inspire more benevolence around the nation.
The pastor expressed, “We feel like God has been so generous to us. We wanted to take our 40th anniversary to celebrate that in an outpouring of generosity to other people.”
He added, “We want our people to do one act of kindness per day for the next 40 days. So, if you do the math, that’s 40 days times 12,000 people, and we would address half-a-million needs. That’s the vision we have for this campaign.”