Samaritan Ministries Encourages Observance of Respect Life Month as Its Members Support Mothers in Need of Maternity Care

One Family’s Story Shows How Samaritan Ministries Members Come Alongside to Help

October 6, 2021

Samaritan Ministries Encourages Observance of Respect Life Month as Its Members Support Mothers in Need of Maternity Care

One Family’s Story Shows How Samaritan Ministries Members Come Alongside to Help

PEORIA, Ill. — October is Respect Life Month for the pro-life community, with the first Sunday in October designated as Respect Life Sunday. To support something so important, Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, connects families who have maternity care needs with members who can help share their burdens.

Respect Life Month reminds everyone that life is a gift from God to be cherished and protected, and that pregnant mothers should receive support as they bring new lives into the world.

Samaritan members Dr. David Jockers and his wife, Angel, turned to Samaritan Ministries members with a maternity need for the upcoming birth of their twin boys even though they were not yet members at the beginning of the pregnancy.

The twins were born premature and, after two days in the neonatal intensive care unit, little David Wright and Joshua were fine, but the Jockers family was left with about $50,000 in bills. Thankfully, a negotiator with Samaritan stepped in to help, and was able to obtain a reduction of the bills to about $30,000. Because of members’ generous giving to Samaritan’s Member Assistance Fund, the Jockers family received about $20,000 and only had to pay $10,000 out of pocket for a pre-existing need.

“This is why we’re here,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan vice president and chief purpose officer. “We know that God is the Great Healer and that He wants Christians to share each other’s burdens. Samaritan affords thousands of families and individuals who have maternity concerns the chance not only to have their needs shared but to share with others.”

Financial assistance isn’t the only reason the Jockers family loves Samaritan.

“I was just blown away with the member service,” David says. “It was excellent how they just take the time to really listen and pray. My wife is on the phone more and she kind of handles that in our household. She would always tell me, ‘They prayed with me about this. They’ve been so helpful.’”

Dr. Jockers also loves the biblical community of Samaritan membership.

“Just being able to share each other’s burdens in a community of believers is very biblical,” he says. “Insurance has a lot of limitations. When I heard about health sharing, it immediately resonated: ‘That’s what we want to do.’ And it’s very competitive with share amounts. To me, it was just a no-brainer.” 

Another family, Kevin and Laura from Colorado, wrote:

“Dear Samaritan Ministries, my husband and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks of gratitude to you for the love and support we received following our miscarriage. We received a beautiful, framed bible verse, card, and book from the ministry as well as a touching prayer card from one of the pastors associated with Samaritan. We were truly touched and blown away by this ministry that we are a part of. Thank you for acknowledging our unborn baby as a person. My husband and I both marveled at the fact that we would never receive this kind of care from an insurance company. We thank God for Samaritan. Thank you for showing Christ’s love to us!”

Over the years, Samaritan members have helped tens of thousands of families and individuals by sharing their health care needs through prayers, financial gifts, and encouraging cards and letters.

Samaritan Ministries currently includes 281,670 members from 85,407 households.

Unlike health insurance, Samaritan Ministries has no limited enrollment period.  Health insurance requires signups to occur only during open enrollment periods unless one qualifies for a special enrollment period due to a “life event,” such as losing coverage, getting married, moving, or having a baby.

Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers several advantages:

  • No network restrictions. When medical care is needed, Samaritan members choose the health care provider, hospital, and pharmacy that work best for them.
  • The direct-sharing approach allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs but to pray for and connect with them on a regular basis.  
  • The monthly share has never exceeded $530 for a family of up to seven people or $555 for a family of eight or more. This contrasts with the average cost of health insurance in 2020, which was $623 per month for an individual and $1,779 for a family.  

Samaritan Ministries gives people of Biblical faith an effective, Bible-driven health care community in which approximately $30 million in medical needs is shared person to person every month. Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while also praying for and encouraging fellow members through personal notes, cards and letters.  

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