Florida church eliminates $7.2M in medical debt burdening 6,500 families

A Southern Baptist church in Florida will pay off over $7.2 million in crippling medical debt impacting over 6,500 individuals and families living at or below the poverty line in five Florida counties. Additionally, the church will also fund three foster homes for the next year. 

Senior pastor Dan Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand announced to his congregationduring a July 7 service that the church of about 1,000 members raised over $153,867 as part of its “53rd Sunday” initiative that will be split between two separate causes. 

Since the church’s fiscal calendar ends in June and begins in July, Glenn told The Christian Post in an interview that the church’s calendar in 2018-2019 was blessed with 53 Sundays instead of the budgeted 52 Sundays like most calendar years. 

With that extra Sunday service, Glenn said that the church’s council voted to approve a plan to collect offerings during its Sunday, June 30th service for the express purpose of giving that money away. 

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