Health Care and the Economy Are Two Top Concerns for Evangelical Christians
Samaritan Ministries Member Reports that He Was ‘Able to Get the Care to Correct My Medical Need Without the Burden of Financial Strains—This Would Not Have Been Possible Without Samaritan Ministries and Its Members’
October 7, 2019
PEORIA, Ill.—A recent survey reported by The Christian Post has found that—like other Americans—two of the top issues of public policy concern for Evangelical Christians are health care and the economy.
Having talked with fellow believers for the past 25 years, this was not a surprise to the leaders and staff members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country. Health care, and the expenses associated with it, are top of mind for many Christians—and Americans in general—especially as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period begins Nov. 1.
For 25 years, Samaritan Ministries has offered an affordable, effective, God-honoring, direct-sharing health care sharing model used by more than 82,000 member households, or 270,000 individuals. Each month, these members share $29 million in medical needs—person to person and family to family—while also sending personal notes and cards of encouragement along with their financial shares.
“We know from talking with our members that health care and finances are the most concerning issues for many families,” said Samaritan Ministries Vice President of External Relations Anthony Hopp. “As premiums continue to escalate, both for private and government insurance coverage, Samaritan members find that their monthly financial shares are not only affordable and help fellow Christians with their medical expenses, but members also are assured they will never share in any practice that is unbiblical or goes against the Bible’s teachings.”
Samaritan members David and Melanie of North Carolina said they have appreciated the resources available to all Samaritan members via the Dashboard.
“You have given us the tools to shop wisely,” they said. “Our family has saved thousands of dollars on prescriptions and procedures in the past year alone. It has been so helpful being able to look up fair market prices. We only wish everyone could be made aware of these things rather than ‘blindly consuming’ medical care. This was our first year to submit needs. What a humble blessing it has been to be on the receiving end.”
Added Steven and Lois of Wisconsin, “We are so thankful to know that there is a godly group of people who started this Christian medical sharing group so our money goes toward the needs of those whose morals match ours. It is so helpful to receive newsletters that teach us healthy ways to live. We have the best people coming alongside us including doctors who will partner to keep costs down. We love being a part of this good team of people!”
Olivia in Pennsylvania appreciates the uniqueness of sending a check directly to another person.
“It is comforting to know that my money is going to directly help someone else’s need,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed sending little gifts along, as well as verses of encouragement. I thoroughly enjoy being a member of Samaritan Ministries.”
Ronald and Rebecca from South Carolina exclaimed, “We love Samaritan!”
“We have been members for a few years and have not had any needs,” they said. “However, each month it is such a blessing knowing we are helping someone. It felt so good the first month we were NOT on insurance. We tell everyone that we are part of Samaritan Ministries, where we help one another!”
Jay in Minnesota said health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries has “absolutely blessed” his family.
“I was able to get the care and the procedures to correct my medical need without the burden of financial strains,” Jay said. “This would not have been possible without the help of Samaritan Ministries and its members. God has been truly amazing in my healing and in meeting all my needs for this injury. I am extremely grateful for Samaritan Ministries and highly recommend them. Thank you so much to all the members who gave and lifted me up during this need in my life.”
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.