Stories of Doing Good
It’s what we’re here for.
“It was a God thing.”
Lilian and Cameron share how ClearView and friends came through for them in a time of need.
The Forgiveness Project
$2.3 MILLION OF LOCAL MEDICAL DEBT ELIMINATED
In Fall 2020, we challenged our members to raise $15,000 to go toward local and currently-owed medical debt. Around the country, 42.9 million people have unpaid medical debt, including many of our friends and neighbors in Shreveport-Bossier.
The impact of having medical debt beyond your ability to pay plays out like ripples in a pond. First there is the stress of bills piling up and constant calls from debt collectors. Next comes a drop in your credit score and perhaps even personal bankruptcy – medical debt is now the number one reason. Most with unpaid medical debts postpone future medical care, creating greater health risks. Most also report increased symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Not only did we meet the goal, we exceeded it! The Forgiveness Project raised $18,500. In partnership with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit medical debt buyer, this has allowed us to abolish debts for 987 recipients in our area, totaling $2,361,594.76 forgiven. Recipients were notified via mail that their debts were forgiven in Jesus’ name and that the debts were removed from their credit scores as well.
All In for Purchased
OVER $15,000 RAISED DURING ALL IN FOR PURCHASED!
Purchased: Not For Sale, a ministry of The Hub, is a two year trauma-informed residential recovery program for women coming out of the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking. Those served are given access to education, spiritual direction, and professional counseling.
But The Hub had a vision for Purchased to accomplish even more. In 2019 they purchased a building that, with renovation, could serve as the site for all that Purchased currently offers plus a new social enterprise that would provide on-site job training and employment opportunities for graduates of Purchased.
When we heard the idea, we had to jump in. ClearView members gave $15,143, enough to frame and drywall the interior, jump-starting their Phase 1 goal of getting the building renovated and ready for use.
In partnership with Rhino Coffee, the new building is now Shreveport’s premier coffee roasting facility. In time, they hope it will also become a commercial bakery.
Ending Modern Day Slavery
There’s a little boy forced to do dangerous work on a fishing boat on Lake Volta in east Ghana. It’s been 2 years since he saw his family.
There’s a family forced to work in a brick kiln to pay back a small loan. Every day they get further behind.
There’s a little girl in a brothel, stolen by traffickers who’ve turned sexual violence into a business.
These are examples of modern day slavery. It’s estimated that 27 million people are enslaved today. And each of these victims has a name, a face, a story. They are known by God, loved by God, and made in His image.
In October 2018 we felt called to a new campaign of generosity and justice on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable. In 3 weeks, we raised over $12,000 and partnered with International Justice Mission to fund two investigations, raids, and rescues. Justice is worth fighting for.
After the Storm (& the next one)
No one wants a disastrous storm, but there is something holy and sacred about helping one another clean-up. We hope that our showing up is a reminder of God’s love and ongoing work of restoration.
After Hurricane Harvey we sent two teams of relief workers to Houston and Beaumont and donated over $2,000 to families starting over.
That same year, after Hurricane Maria, we partnered with Convoy of Hope to help those in Puerto Rico.
Locally, we’ve had opportunities to help after flooding, and in 2019 we cleared downed trees following back to back tornadoes in Ruston and Bethany.
We all face storms. Sometimes they’re literal. Either way, we’re called to do unto others as we’d want done to us. Showing up after a storm is a holy act.
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