KOKOMO, Ind. – Of all types of debt, medical debt can be the most crippling to household finances. In fact, medical debt far outpaces all other types of consumer debt, making up more than 50 percent of collections on credit reports. The financial and emotional pressures of medical debt often impact the most vulnerable, the elderly and the poor.

For those reasons, one local church is partnering with a national charity to eliminate medical debt for thousands of Hoosiers living in Howard and Miami counties.

Fuel Church of Kokomo and Westfield (campus coming early 2020) and RIP Medical Debt have partnered to eliminate more than $5.2 million in medical debt for more than 3,400 people.

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League director Tim Wellsand knows firsthand the character-building value of Upward Basketball.

His son, David, played the first year Denver Baptist Church hosted Upward and continued through elementary school, served as a game referee while in high school -- and now helps as a coach.

It makes me proud to see the growth in his life throughout the different stages of this program,” Tim said.

And as the Wellsands prepare for Upward registration and player evaluations at the DBC gym on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 2 p.m., both are excited about the benefits for area youth.

“Often people find other youth sports programs overly competitive to the point of not being that enjoyable,” Tim said. “Our program gives every player a chance to enjoy playing and improve without so much pressure put on the score and winning.”

Instead, emphasis is placed on developing skills, character, sportsmanship, and faith. Upward’s motto for this season puts it this way: “Play with Purpose.”

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Two local churches are working together along with Syndicate Sales of Kokomo for Florida Hurricane Relief and are asking for the public's help in the effort!   If you wish to donate items to be sent to the relief effort, please bring them to Eastpointe Bible Church, 1540 East Paw Paw Pike, Peru on October 29, 30 or 31 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.   

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Denver, IN - Kids from age 5 to 6th grade are invited to participate in Upward Basketball - returning soon to Denver Baptist Church.  More than just a sports league, the program is designed to help young athletes develop mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially.

The early registration cost is just $50. After Nov. 11, it’s $60.  The registration deadline: Nov. 18.

Peru Hope Fest

 

Peru, IN – Sometimes the pressures of daily life, obligations to work, school and home, can be overwhelming. That unexpected bill or lack of money for everyday needs can also get you down. It is easy to get depressed and lose hope. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Pastor Kevin Palmer and the Congregation of Calvary Temple have scheduled Peru Hope Fest where they plan to share an uplifting, inspirational message of hope with everyone in our community.

The Peru Hope Fest will take place on August 12 through August 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m. each evening. The four-day event is completely free and open to the public. It will be held at the First Farmers Bank and Trust Amphitheater located at upper Maconaquah Park.

“Each evening there will be prizes, live music, games for the kids and a motivational message of hope,” said Pastor Palmer. “The members of our congregation will be there to meet and  serve the community with a message of hope.”

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The Bunker Hill Free Will Baptist Church is hosting an “All You Can Eat” hand breaded and or grilled tenderloin dinner on Thursday, October 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Church. The Church is located at 279 W. Broadway in Bunker Hill.

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Getting kids ready for back to school each year can be a pain. Shopping for all those school supplies and clothing can also drain the family budget. Thankfully for parents in Miami County there is the annual Back-to-School Festival held each year at the Circus building in downtown Peru.

The Festival, in its eighth year, was started by Calvary Temple Assembly of God. In first three years, it was held at the Riverwalk. The Circus building has been it’s home for the last five years with eleven Miami County churches now involved the event.