Samaritan Ministries: Father’s Day Can Also Be a Reminder to Men to Make Their Health a Higher Priority

During Men’s Health Week, ‘Dad’s Day’ Highlights the Importance of Husbands and Fathers, Who Can Enjoy Samaritan’s Hands-on Approach to Health Care

June 15, 2021

PEORIA, Ill. — Fathers are important. As are grandfathers, great grandfathers and men who are father figures. That means their health is vital to those who are depending on them. 

“At Samaritan Ministries, we take men’s health seriously,” says Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, samaritanministries.org). “I’m blessed to be a husband to Shari and a father to our children, and I know that my health is important to them.

“Frequently men tend to put off giving attention to basic healthcare practices we can well afford that might help prevent larger problems later, and Samaritan’s healthcare sharing ministry offers an affordable, person-to-person way for people of Biblical faith to help with any large, non-routine problems that do happen. Father’s Day (June 20) and Men’s Health Week are excellent reminders that we men need to take care of our health both to honor God and because we are needed so much by others.”

All over the country, and even internationally, Samaritan Ministries has been linking followers of Jesus Christ to help with each other’s healthcare needs. Finding fair prices and receiving prayer and financial help from fellow believers is the norm for Samaritan’s 85,776 member households (more than 281,403 individuals).

“We hear from people regularly about how much they appreciate the unique combination of sharing expenses and giving prayer and encouragement,” Pittenger says. 

Mike and Julie, members from San Diego, told Samaritan Ministries:     

“As we are in the middle of Mike’s cancer treatments/surgery/healing, we are thanking God for His continual care of Mike medically and financially through the body of believers in Samaritan Ministries. We are humbled and thankful for the prayers, encouragement and financial assistance given to Mike, to us!”

David and Tiffany, members from Texas, wrote:

“We can’t thank you guys enough for the administration of our current needs. We are overwhelmed and thankful for God’s provision for us through the people that make up Samaritan. He has shown HIS great love for us though this group!”

Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers several advantages:

  • No network restrictions. No restrictions on what doctors/hospitals members can use.
  • The direct-sharing approach allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs but to connect them on a regular basis.
  • The monthly share has not exceeded $530 for a family under seven and $555 for a family of eight or more. This contrasts with the average cost of marketplace insurance for just one individual in 2020, which was $623 per month and $1,779 for a family.

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

Learn more about Samaritan Ministries International here; visit the Samaritan website at www.samaritanministries.org, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.