OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — This holiday season, one local church is taking on the medical debt for over 2,000 families in Iowa and Nebraska.
“'Where is the Lord really leading us to make an impact?'" Greg Griffith, lead pastor for King of Kings Church, recalls thinking recently. "We know that even in the midst of COVID, and in the midst of whether we’re worshiping live or just online, we still have a call to live out our values. Reliance, authenticity, courage and generosity.”
Griffith says during the month of November, King of Kings Church focuses a lot on the virtue of generosity. During a time when many are practicing gratefulness, they are looking for a way to spread their prosperity to those who may be struggling.
It became clear this year that their focus would need to be on relieving some of the burden COVID-19 has caused. The church knew they’d found a way to do just that when they discovered RIP Medical Debt, a group that raises funds for medical debt forgiveness.
“‘In this year, with the medical situation of COVID going on, how can we help people that are in great need due to COVID?’" Griffth said. "And so this was a perfect fit for us.”
So far the church has covered the bill for 2,281 families in Iowa and Nebraska, paying for $6.86 million of medical debt. The families will be receiving letters with this news this week as they head into the holiday season.
“We do expect potentially for some to reach out and just let us know how that has impacted them," Griffith said. "We were more than honored to be able to do that, but our expectation really is just that they received love and that’s it.”