‘God’s People Stepped in and Met Every Need,’ Report Two Samaritan Ministries Members Who Had Major Heart Problems
Adrian in Colorado and Paul in Virginia Both Had Serious Medical Needs and Appreciated the Help They Received from Samaritan Members
February 10, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—After Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) member Adrian in Colorado had quadruple bypass heart surgery, he and his wife, Wynema, said, their medical bills were “huge.”
“But God’s people stepped in and met every need, including prayer, encouragement and, of course, the shares to take care of the financial part,” they said.
Adrian and Wynema are just two of nearly 83,000 Samaritan Ministries member households who pray and send monthly 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 needs.
“These needs may be minor, like a twisted ankle, or very large, such as heart surgery, cancer or stroke, which can have total medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “As one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, Samaritan Ministries connects and engages more than a quarter of a million members so they can have health care that is affordable, Biblical and transparent.”
Adrian and Wynema said that after Adrian’s surgery, they are thankful for many aspects of health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries—both on the giving and the receiving ends.
“We thank God that when we send our monthly share, we are a part of what our God is doing to bring help, healing and grace to brothers and sisters in Christ,” they said. “We are also thankful that each staff member we spoke to was so kind, loving and patient. We are extremely grateful for the goodness, grace and healing power of the living God we serve. It is a privilege to be part of this ministry that brings glory to Him in all of its ways.”
Like the Colorado couple, Paul, a ministry leader in Virginia, also experienced a serious heart issue. Through both a heart attack and a knee replacement, Samaritan Ministries members were also there for Paul, a Samaritan member for the past five years.
“It’s been a great blessing,” he says. “I like Samaritan because I can go and sit down and talk with (physician billing representatives) and say, ‘Let’s negotiate this a little bit. You don’t have to deal with insurance. I’m going to pay you cash.’”
Paul’s experience with Samaritan has been eye-opening as well. His knee surgery would have cost $60,000 at a hospital, but his doctor performed it as an outpatient procedure for $20,000 because he was a cash-pay patient.
Since his 2017 heart attack, Paul has also paid more attention to his health, both for personal reasons and to be responsible to the other members of Samaritan.
“If someone is in Samaritan, it’s kind of like being in a family,” he says. “Just like I owe it to my children and wife to eat right to live as long as I can and live as healthy as I can, it’s the same thing for Samaritan.”
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.