For Immediate Release
April 10, 2017
Jen Retallick, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716 or 610.584.1096, ext. 102
Personal Caring Sets Samaritan Ministries Members Apart
Notes, Cards and Prayers Give Care that Money Can’t Buy for Members of Health Care Sharing Ministries Like Samaritan
PEORIA, Ill.—Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) pray and include personal notes and cards of encouragement with the financial shares they send directly to other Samaritan families each month. The members on the receiving end often say that the prayers, notes, and cards mean more to them than the money.
One of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, Samaritan has more than 69,000 member households (nearly 226,000 individuals).
“Month after month, our members tell us that receiving notes and cards from other members is the most meaningful aspect of being part of the Biblical community of a health care sharing ministry like Samaritan,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “Health care sharing offers more than just the monthly financial share we commit to. Certainly, health care sharing does save money, but more than that, health care sharing through Samaritan is about lifting up, encouraging and praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ, just as the Bible teaches. And that truly sets Samaritan apart.”
Samaritan members regularly tell Samaritan about their experiences with health care sharing and the way their fellow members have supported them emotionally and spiritually, as well as financially.
“Our family of three has been with Samaritan Ministries for a year and a half,” wrote Deborah from Virginia. “We have had three large needs and another that has just come up. It has been such a blessing to get encouragement with almost every check received. I love being a part of this and sharing in others’ needs!”
Denise from Minnesota said, “I’ve had fun using creativity in (sending) my monthly share. I’ve taken to painting watercolor scenes on my cards. I get to express what bubbles up in me for my person of the month. I’m blessed for the outlet and I hope they are blessed, too.”
James and Malinda from Alaska added that the biggest blessing for them is to be part of something that unites Christians. “We’ve got each others’ backs! We are not alone, but rather in this together.”
And Christina from Michigan said, “I love being a part of Samaritan Ministries. I have not yet had a need shared, but every month when the time comes to send my share, I do so with a joyful heart, knowing that my money is being used directly to help a brother or sister in Christ. This is such a difference to the feeling of paying other bills, particularly insurance, where it seems that your money is just going to line the pockets of some company. All praise and glory to God!”
Today, Samaritan members share $24 million each month in medical needs, following the Bible’s teachings to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 | ESV). Currently, Samaritan members pay a monthly share of only $495 for a family of any size, while individuals pay $220 and couples pay $440.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Jen Retallick, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com or Deborah Hamilton, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or 215.815.7716.