October 3rd Update:
Our original goal of $50,000 in 50 days ending on August 13, 2023, was far surpassed. The generosity of congregations and individuals continued to flow into the month of September and we are overwhelmed by the outcome.
With the fundraiser now officially complete, we are delighted to tell you the total raised: $102,424.47.
$76,818.35 will be used to relieve medical debt in the United States and $25,606.12 will relieve medical debt at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras.
Debt relief in the U.S. is being administered through our partnership with RIP Medical Debt. We are currently working with them to finalize the purchase of medical debt for pennies on the dollar in counties with a Moravian ministry.
As soon as we know the total amount of debt relieved in each county where we can purchase debt, we will share that with you; it typically takes RIP Medical Debt a few weeks to complete this part of their work.
Why Did You Give?
When asked why they gave to the DJP, people shared powerful reasons.
|Because I realize how fortunate I am to have insurance that has taken care of my medical debts. This is an excellent way to create a new start for people.
|My daughter had some medical debt sold and sued to collect the full amount. I didn’t want to have other families go through what my daughter did. If my money prevents families to avoid what my daughter went through, great!!
|Because I’m a retired health care professional and know the hardship medical debt causes.
|The collaboration of the larger group would allow us to be part of something that would make a significant impact. This was inspiring and encouraging. Jubilee as debt forgiveness is a faith tenet that we do not largely follow as congregations. It is an important witness of our faith and an action of justice to advocate for more equitable healthcare systems for all.
|It’s life-changing help for those in vulnerable economic situations. Want to support Ahaus, also.
|As a Moravian for most of my life, I love our motto, and want to spread the love. I’ve seen what medical debt can do to families, and I’m glad I had an opportunity to help.
|Because each dollar has such a positive impact on the families and an unbelievable return on our small investments
|I can’t imagine living with debt hanging over your head constantly. When I heard how many people this affects, it convinced me.
|Healthcare is important!
|I have never seen an opportunity for my meager contribution to do so much good. I wish I could have given more.
|This will have an immediate and life-changing impact on people who most need help – those who were had a major illness or surgery and did not have the funds to pay for it. I can barely imagine the effect on someone who gets the letter saying their debt is forgiven! Praise be to God!