Wichita church pays off $2.2 million in medical debt for Kansans

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A Wichita church took on a special task this Easter season and paid off medical debt for thousands of Kansans.

Pathway Church said it 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.

The church worked with RIP Medical Debt to target the 1,600 Kansans affected -- 500 in the Wichita area. RIP purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar. Therefore, one penny could pay off $1 of debt; $1 can pay off $100 and $100 can pay off $10,000.

The church said instead of receiving a flyer in the mail to invite them to Easter services, more than a thousand Kansans received a note that read, "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 says the negative impact the medial debt has a person's credit history would also be resolved with the pay off.

"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!" Said the church on Facebook. "Tetelestai. It is finished. Paid in full."