April 21, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. — Ever since they joined the health care sharing community known as Samaritan Ministries International (www.samaritanministries.org), Bob and Stephanie Caudle of Anchorage, Alaska have not only managed their own family’s health needs with far greater ease, but they’ve also been able to give back to members of the U.S. military with faith-infused outreach, fellowship, and hospitality.
The heart and soul of the couple’s ministry is meeting the urgent needs of young U.S. service members at Fort Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. The Caudles have more time, focus, and energy for this important work because of the financial support, savings, and peace of mind that comes to them through Samaritan Ministries’ Christian health care sharing community.
Before they joined Samaritan Ministries in early 2015, the Caudles were paying $1,700 a month for a health insurance plan for their family of five that had a $5,000 deductible and 80/20 coverage, with an additional cap on fees paid for certain procedures as well. Joining Samaritan Ministries greatly reduced their costs to only about $500 a month, and they became part of a caring community of similarly committed members.
“To go from what we were paying previously to around $500 a month was significant,” Stephanie Caudle said. “That was a huge help for us.”
“I like the idea of sending a check to [someone] else in the Christian community—not to an insurance company,” Bob Caudle added.
The supportive notes sent along by fellow members are a bonus the couple has enjoyed tremendously. “It’s a blessing to read through the notes,” Bob Caudle said. “It’s been just beautiful — the encouragement and the prayers of people for our health over and over again.”
The couple knows all about Samaritan’s many advantages, as Bob Caudle himself experienced cardiac arrest in August 2015. “Had we been with [the other] health insurance plan, it would have sunk us because it was so bad,” Stephanie Caudle said. “Samaritan’s ministry and involvement has been able to keep us on the field.”
And staying out “on the field” in order to do outreach to America’s military is exactly what they want to do. The Caudles run the Homestead, a Cadence International hospitality house located in Anchorage, near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which contains both Air Force and Army operations. The Caudles provide a caring Christian community, connection, family-like support, and warm hospitality to members of the military who are serving their country far from their own homes and families.
“We try to bring people who are hurting into a Christ-centered community,” Bob Caudle said.
The couple’s hospitality house offers Bible studies as well as one-on-one mentorship, and the house often provides meals or hosts get-togethers for groups of 50 to 60 people. It’s no wonder that this generous and giving couple are members of Samaritan Ministries—a community that makes an ongoing difference, every single day, in the life of all of its many members.
Samaritan Ministries gives followers of Jesus Christ 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 $2.9 billion in needs while praying for and encouraging other fellow members through personal notes, cards, and letters.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.