For More Than a Quarter Century, Members of Samaritan Ministries Have Shared Health Care Needs with a Core of Biblical Integrity
‘The Only Check I Write Each Month I Am Glad to Send,’ Says One Samaritan Member
January 22, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—For more than 25 years, Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, has operated with affordability, based on a core of dependence on Jesus Christ and Biblical transparency.
In 2020, Samaritan Ministries continues to stand out from the rest by educating members from the start that health care sharing through Samaritan is very different from insurance.
“In fact,” says Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations, “health care sharing through Samaritan is not insurance at all. And this fact is clearly communicated to our members, starting even before they join and as they continue. Health care sharing through Samaritan is families directly sharing with other families to help them pay for their medical needs. It’s an intentional effort of depending on God that has worked for over a quarter of a century. Samaritan also does not use insurance agents. Additionally, transparency is a continued commitment, with accountability through a nine-member board of directors, with six elected by Samaritan members. These members have consistently had their sharable needs met by other members in a timely manner. It’s the way we’ve been conducting this ministry for the past 25 years, and how we intend to continue to forge ahead as a Biblical community of believers for as long as God allows.”
Samaritan Ministries offers members its yearly independent audit upon request, files a federal form 990 annually and creates an annual report. The ministry has also received a letter of certification as a recognized health care sharing ministry by the Department of Health & Human Services (via Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
Wallace and Christina, Samaritan members in New Jersey, say the ministry has been “such a blessing” to their family.
“God is so good!” they said. “We are so happy to be a part of something that glorifies God. Health insurance does not do that. Because of a share for my husband, we were introduced to a member of our local community. Her son is battling cancer and we have been praying for each other. We appreciate everything Samaritan does and what it represents!”
Lester and Laura in Colorado exclaim, “It really works!”
“We heard about Samaritan Ministries from friends, but we thought, ‘Yeah, right,’” they wrote. “We were always taught to believe you ‘need’ health insurance. But, not only does (health care sharing through Samaritan) ‘work’ financially, it also works in that we were so humbled, encouraged and blessed by all of the cards and people praying for us. We were blown away by the support we received. We got more cards and prayers from people we don’t even know than from our family! Samaritan Ministries is the only check I write each month in which I am glad to send it.”
Meredith from Tennessee said she often tells friends who are hesitant to consider a Christian health sharing ministry that Samaritan Ministries “has been the ONLY organization to operate exactly as they advertise/promise on the front end.”
“We have felt loved by the Body of Christ and cared for both financially and spiritually as we’ve navigated unexpected family health bills,” Meredith said. “We are so very thankful for the opportunity to participate in Samaritan Ministries. For us personally, we are convinced that sharing each other’s health care expenses is better stewardship than participating in insurance. We pay less but more importantly have experienced better access to necessary care. We assume this is also true for other members as well. Thank you. I pray that Samaritan Ministries may grow and thrive and be continually possible regardless of changing laws.”
Each month, Samaritan Ministries 82,000-plus member households (nearly 271,000 individuals) 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 has shared over $1.8 billion in 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.