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    LiveWithCancer posted an update

    Yesterday, I learned that my church has bought the past-due medical debts, totaling $2.6 million, of 2600 people in our community. Those 2600 people will be receiving letters from our church telling them that their debts have been paid for them, no strings attached.

    These are not people who attend our church (though it is possible some do) ... many probably never even heard of our church. BUT, their debts have been erased because of a generous, caring church.

    The announcement brought tears to my eyes and sent chills down my arms. I still get chills thinking about how awesome 2600 people are going to feel when they see that the creditor calls will be no more - their debt is erased ... through no action of their own and with no strings attached!

    I am really, really proud of my church - I feel like actions like this are exactly the kind of things we are called to do.

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      meyati

      With things being the way they are, probably some people are waiting for "The Catch" , the other shoe to drop.

      I'm so glad this is being done, because these people might be getting sheriff liens on their homes-foreclosures, certainly bad credit, besides the general stress.

      as far as LIVE WITH----it's so nice seeing a church that is acting like a church.

      2 days ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      @meyati, I just HAD to post about it here because I know most of us are all too aware how quickly medical bills pile up and how hard it can be to get them paid ... and to let people know that there ARE churches out there that are doing what churches are supposed to be doing.

      The one I attend is a mega-church now, but it started with 6 people 40 years ago. From the get-go, they have been all about helping the community (and could care less if they get credit for it ... their name doesn't have to be on it, etc.) I feel so blessed to have found them (I've actually gone there from time to time over the years, but only just got actively involved a few months ago)

      1 day ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      @GregP_WN, that's a great thing for the community to do. Those bills can be strangling for people (as many of us here know). I can't imagine how excited people will be when they get the letters saying their debts are forgiven, no strings attached.

      1 day ago
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    Bug wrote on LiveWithCancer's wall

    Hi, Donna! We're back from Japan and I'm trying to catch up with folks. How are you doing? What's new with you? I see you have a new photo. Are you wearing a mask these days or...? I hope you are well.

    Love,

    Grace

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      Bug

      Hi! I'm glad you're doing well. I got a little concerned when I saw the photo.

      Maybe I didn't mention our trip - I don't remember now. Anyway, my husband had a conference in Kyoto and then we went to another city where he met with a group for whom he does consulting and then we spent a few days in Tokyo. He has been several times but I had never been. I'm still getting over the jet lag but it isn't too bad. I really enjoyed the trip - very interesting.
      The only negative was the weather. It was very hot and humid. I'd love to go back some time but not in the summer.

      Take care, Donna.

      Hugs : )

      8 days ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      We had a friend who traveled all around Asia - he was in the oil business- he liked that part of the world a lot. Is Japan as crowded as China ... and was the air clean? I am glad you had a safe trip.

      My church has a trip to Israel planned in May ... i would like to go except for the same thing you experienced in Japan - high temps.

      I changed my profile to a dirty Cotton :) we went to play some agility and she spent more time rolling in the mud than playing agility :)

      6 days ago
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      I have not been to China but my husband has and he said he thinks China is more crowded. Yes, the air in Japan was clean. At least, it wasn't any dirtier than it is where we live.

      Are you thinking you'll skip the May trip to Israel? I know you really enjoyed Israel when you went before. It's too bad that the darn weather gets in the way.

      Dirty Cotton is adorable!

      6 days ago