Samaritan Ministries Built on the Same Foundation for 25 Years: Biblical, Affordable Health Care with Freedom to Choose Doctors and Treatment
Barbara from Tennessee Says: ‘I Love That I Can Send My Money to Someone Who Really Needs It and Can Help the Body of Christ at the Same Time’
PEORIA, Ill.—Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, is celebrating 25 years of helping Christians honor God with their health care. And more than a quarter of a million individual members (nearly 82,000 member households) are celebrating right along with them.
In today’s corporate world and even in the realm of nonprofit organizations and ministry, mission statements can change and visions can shift. But since member sharing began in 1994, Samaritan Ministries has stayed true to the New Testament teaching of Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (ESV).
“For a quarter of a century, Samaritan Ministries has focused on bringing together a Biblical community that shares in each other’s medical needs while also lifting up their brothers and sisters in Christ through prayer and by sending personal notes of encouragement along with their monthly financial shares,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president of external relations. “This is how health care was meant to be, and the Samaritan family—both members and staff—are grateful that our leaders have never wavered from this mission, and that God has guided our processes, interactions and growth for 25 years.”
Health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries is not only Biblical and affordable, but members are also free to choose their own doctors, medical facilities and treatment options outside of network and American Medical Association restrictions.
Lucinda, a widow from Pennsylvania, says the love and kindness of her fellow Samaritan members have been an enormous blessing.
“It’s been absolutely amazing to me to see the Body of Christ reach out to me from all over our nation with their hard-earned money to help me pay my medical bills,” she said. “The cards with words of love and encouragement have brought tears to my eyes many times.”
Jeff from Texas said the entire health care sharing process through Samaritan has been “surreal” for him and his wife, Cleo.
“To be the recipient of the generous shares provided by Samaritan members is overwhelming,” he said. “While I obviously never wanted to have this need, I now gladly, joyously send our share to other members during their stressful times. It’s such a small price to pay for such comfort. I don’t have proper words of thanks.”
Barbara from Tennessee is not only thankful that other believers help her in times of need but that she can bless others, too.
“I love Samaritan Ministries!” she said. “I love that I can send my money to someone who really needs it and can help the Body of Christ at the same time.”
Richard from Maryland said he thanks God every day for allowing him to learn about Samaritan Ministries and become a member.
“It has been a privilege every month to send shares to one of my fellow members versus sending a massive premium check to some insurance company,” he said.
Beverly from Oklahoma said her family is “blessed to be a part of Samaritan Ministries.”
“I just love this community of believers,” she said. “The help we have received from Samaritan over the last two years with my husband’s surgeries has been nothing short of remarkable.”
Samaritan Ministries’ hundreds of thousands of members overwhelmingly say they are “happily uninsured” and plan to stay that way. They appreciate that health care sharing through Samaritan has provided a Biblical, affordable and transparent model of health care, as well as a way for them to pray for and send monthly financial shares directly to their fellow members and bless them with encouraging personal notes and cards.
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $28 million in medical needs person to person, yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households. This direct-sharing approach also allows members to help fellow believers with their medical financial needs while connecting monthly through prayer, personal notes and cards of encouragement.