Debt from unpaid or uninsured medical bills causes thousands of people to spend their life savings, jeopardize their retirement, go into poverty or declare bankruptcy. Sometimes all of the above! Some congregations are helping by buying uncollected medical debt for pennies on the dollar and wiping out the obligation. This is a wonderful ministry, but wouldn’t it be great if the health care system didn’t drive people into debt in the first place?

Download a study guide for “A liberating hope: Congregation relieves $1.5 million in families’ medical debt,” which appeared in Living Lutheran‘s May 2020 print issue. The guide includes four pages of discussion questions and a copy of the article.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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