Keeping Health Care Sharing in the Family, Generation to Generation
Longtime Samaritan Members Now Have Adult Children Who Are Also Members
February 26, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—When children see that their parents have discovered something good, they want it, too.
That is what frequently happens with health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America.
Every month, the nearly 83,000 Samaritan member households (more than 270,000 individuals) pray and send monthly financial shares directly to other members. 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 medical needs.
“We love seeing multi-generational families who are part of the Samaritan Ministries family,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “Many times, we hear stories and feedback from longtime members—up to 20 years or more—who have passed down the ‘tradition’ of being a Samaritan member when their children begin to research their own health care options. It can be a wonderful family custom to come together in the common practice of sharing in one another’s burdens by not only sending monthly financial shares to others but also praying for and encouraging fellow Samaritan members both in difficult trying times and during joyful occasions, such as the birth of a new baby.”
Dayna, a Samaritan member from Texas, has an adult son who is a member, so, by extension, her granddaughter is a member as well.
“I appreciate y’all, and I’m telling everybody about you,” Dayna said. “You were super about it all when my husband had huge medical issues and passed away. My … kids have now started their own Samaritan Ministries memberships, which is really neat.”
Karin, another Samaritan member in Delaware, has an adult son who is a member as well.
“I have been a member of Samaritan Ministries since 2000,” Karin said. “It has been a wonderful way to have our own health care needs met, as well as joyfully send contributions each month to others’ health care needs—instead of sending money to an insurance company. I will always remember the first time we submitted a need and began to receive cards in the mail with letters of encouragement and prayers, along with checks for the back surgery bills. This is when we knew it really worked, and we have been blessed many times since.
“Even when I had a time where I had insurance at work very inexpensively,” Karin added, “I continued with Samaritan Ministries because I believe in it so much, and it helped with what my insurance at work did not. I highly recommend this to people often, and everyone I am aware of who has participated has been very pleased. What a tremendous way to bless one another, avoid high premiums and ‘Share one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ’—Galatians 6:2.”
To interview a Samaritan Ministries International representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.