Health Care Sharing Through Samaritan Ministries Isn’t Just Transactional—It’s Relational and Has Been Dependable for Over 25 Years
‘I Love Feeling Like I Have a Relationship With Those in Need,’ Says Samaritan Member Paula from Idaho
PEORIA, Ill.—Unfortunately, much of health care in America has become transactional—an appointment and a diagnosis, a question and a checked box, an invoice and a payment.
But to the 82,000 households of more than 270,000 individuals who are members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, health care needs met through Samaritan are more than transactions—they are built on relationships.
Because of the unique and beneficial practices of health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries, members are able to build relationships with their doctors—and with each other.
“Health care sharing ministries are just that—ministries,” said Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries. “A medical need involves a lot more than money. It is spiritual and emotional, not just physical and financial. For example, our staff members pray with members who have medical needs. A pastoral team here at Samaritan looks for practical, spiritual solutions for members who are encountering roadblocks in navigating their resources. We stand with our members spiritually and materially in time of need. And our members stand with each other and pray for each other as they send monthly financial shares to help with medical needs. This model, based on Galatians 6:2 from the Bible, is much more than mere transactions.”
Each month, Samaritan members 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 $29 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. In fact, Samaritan members have shared $1.8 billion in needs since 1997.
Samaritan Ministries members regularly communicate how they are touched and blessed through this health care sharing model that is 180 degrees from the status quo of health care.
“The personal and heartfelt notes and cards are nothing short of amazing,” said Rick from Minnesota. “Someday I know I will be thanking all these saints in person. Such a party that will be!”
Victor and Brenda from Illinois said they “love sending our shares to families in need.”
“Sending a ‘thinking of you’ or a get-well card with our share makes it so personal.”
Barbara in Florida has been a Samaritan member for years and said her membership will continue.
“Even my personal physician was excited when I shared Samaritan Ministries with her, and she has her staff share it with people who come to her practice,” Barbara said. “What a wonderful opportunity for so many people!”
Paula from Idaho said the personal connections she feels with other Samaritan members have been a lesson to her children.
“I love feeling like I have a relationship with those in need, and my children have even gotten into reading the notes and praying for them,” Paula said. “We also had our first need for our daughter, and it was nice to get the notes in the mail directly written to her, wishing her well.”
Alyssa of Minnesota said membership in Samaritan Ministries has helped her feel more connected to more of the Body of Christ as she is able to see and address the needs of members throughout the country.
“The monthly shares and prayer requests have helped grow my relationship with Christ as it prompts me to pray for my fellow believers’ joys and trials,” Alyssa said.
Ruthie in Texas said being a part of a health care sharing ministry like Samaritan has helped broaden her perspective about health.
“The Bible has much to say about our membership in the Body of Christ, and the idea is that we would be well and well-functioning,” Ruthie said. “When I was faced with multiple symptoms and diagnoses, because of Samaritan, my focus could not only be on myself but on who—and how—I am in relationship to the Body. It, in turn, has helped me approach my care and healing with more selflessness and self-control, out of obedience to the Head.”