In These Times of Medical Uncertainty, Health Care Sharing Through Biblical Community Continues to Give More Than Just Financial Support
Young Family Tells How Health Care Sharing Through Samaritan Ministries Works for Them
March 25, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—Millions of people across the country—and billions around the world—have major concerns about the effect of the current coronavirus crisis on their health and health care.
These concerns highlight the importance being part of a Biblical community of believers that shares one another’s medical needs, says Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country.
Samaritan Ministries has been communicating to its members about COVID-19 resources, including how members can continue to share medical needs and how they can deal with anxiety in this uncertain time.
“We are all considering what impact COVID-19 will have on our homes, schools and churches,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “Samaritan Ministries has worked to reassure our 82,000-plus member households (more than 271,000 individuals), as well as our future members, that we remain committed to serving them in the ministry of health care sharing even in the face of this uncertainty, and we have been busy taking the necessary measures to do just that.
“We are fully aware that events like this can arouse fear and anxiety for many,” Hopp added. “As followers of Christ, however, we have an opportunity to rely on Him for our well-being and protection, while also taking deliberate actions to prepare for a variety of scenarios through the information we provide our members.
“One of the main questions we have received is whether COVID-19 needs are shareable among our members. Sharing COVID-19-related needs is no different than sharing for any other illness. This means that bills related to the testing and treatment of COVID-19 can be shared by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, through the ministry. This includes bills for the test, labs, emergency room, hospital, antibiotics, etc. We continue to pray for our nation’s medical professionals and leadership as they work to protect the American people.”
One young Samaritan Ministries member family says they are grateful for both the giving and receiving through Samaritan Ministries.
“What I really like about it is when you are getting checks from people and get a lot of notes,” says Brandon Maxwell, who lives with his growing family with young children in Mountain View, Missouri. “It’s more personal. There’s more of a community element.
“On the flip side of sending our share each month, I love being able to cut a check personally to somebody and have the opportunity to give back and send them a note as well,” he added. “The personal element of that is obviously so much different than insurance.”
Maxwell researched insurance options for his family and joined Samaritan in 2016 after his employer, Whetstone Boys Ranch, where he serves as director of development, provided a stipend.
“We looked at group insurance, and it just was not going to be anywhere feasible for us,” Maxwell said. “The (Whetstone) board decided that probably the best way to still offer the benefit to the employees is to have a stipend for health care. I would say about half of us here have gone with Samaritan because, to be honest, it’s the most affordable route to go.”
Each 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 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.