Amid Health Care Challenges, Members of Samaritan Ministries Overwhelmingly Choose to Continue Health Care Sharing
Even in Difficult Times, Members are Pleased with this Biblical Ministry and Keep on Supporting One Another
April 22, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—In this time of heightened health care stress in America, members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country, are experiencing, more than ever, the advantages of this Biblical approach.
Just like millions of other Americans, Samaritan members are facing the same kinds of hardship and difficulty, but they have a Biblical community to support and uplift them, as well as the caring Samaritan staff who regularly pray with them over the phone.
“Our members are overwhelmingly happy with health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries,” said Vice President of External Relations Anthony Hopp. “We regularly receive calls, comments and letters, expressing how grateful they are to be part of a community that is supportive and prayerful. Historically, our member retention rate is near 90%, showing how much our 82,000 member households (270,000-plus individuals) appreciate engaging in a Christian health care sharing ministry that is affordable, transparent and brings together God’s people in Biblical community. Over our 25-plus-year history, we’ve discovered that Christians want to live out what they believe, loving one another and taking care of each other in a practical way by sharing in the financial, emotional and spiritual aspects of a medical need.”
Hopp added that as members realize they don’t have to do health care alone, they also appreciate being able to direct their own health care and make their own health care decisions without the interference or restrictions of a network. Members also are attracted to the affordability of their monthly share and being able to know exactly where their money goes every month—directly to another Samaritan Ministries member.
Dick and Roslyn in Illinois are two of these members who have experienced challenges but are continuing in their faith.
“Although God has not chosen to heal Roslyn of her neurological disorder yet, He has provided financially through Samaritan members for every bill and through many gifts from friends to take care of other expenses. The total cost of treatment has exceeded $100,000—even after many discounts,” Dick wrote.
“God has also given us the opportunity to share the gospel with many people we would never have met—doctors, nurses, other patients. Even new neighbors because we had to move out of our old house when Roslyn could no longer navigate the stairs. Our faith is being tested, but we look forward to the purifying of our souls through this refining fire.”
Likewise, Lynn and Janet in Wisconsin recount how “through the trials, seasons and struggles … the Lord is with us!”
“He never leaves us, He comforts us, and He provides in tangible ways to help us know and believe in Him,” they said. “We have had a solid 18 months of trials with multiple surgeries, caring for our mentally handicapped daughter, and another daughter heading off to college. Praise God that He always goes through the trial with us. Our burdens are getting lighter.”
Logan and Kara in Michigan have also experienced a difficult nine months as their family has recovered from health problems, but “God has been so faithful and good to us.”
“As the letters came in, I would sit down and cry,” Kara wrote. “It was so humbling to read the notes of encouragement from members. I really felt the love of Christ through them. I am forever grateful to Samaritan and the members for the spiritual and financial support.”
Every month, Samaritan Ministries members pray and send their financial shares directly to other members, along with notes and cards of encouragement, through this effective, God-honoring ministry. Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person to person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared over $1.8 billion in health care needs.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.