Samaritan Ministries Highlights Member Mark Nicholson for His Pro-Life Work: He Fosters ‘Courage and Conviction’ to Rescue the Innocent

PassionLife Executive Director Helps Churches Around the World Develop Their Theology So They Understand the Need to Assist Women with Crisis Pregnancies

October 14, 2020

PEORIA, Ill.— Mark Nicholson, executive director of PassionLife and a member of Samaritan Ministries International (, builds networks of relationships in countries with the highest abortion rates, training churches around the world to rescue and protect the innocent.

Thehealth care sharing ministry spotlighted Mark in its October newsletter, describing him as someone who is actively and faithfully helping Christians around the world to act on a daily basis to defend the most innocent among us.

PassionLife assists churches all over the globe to better understand pro-life theology, so that those churches, in turn, can better assist women in their own cultures who find themselves undergoing crisis pregnancies.

“The best pro-life approach for a culture is determined by the people living in that culture. It works best when started by a church there,” Nicholson said.

“Teaching pro-life theology is the first step. People must understand that abortion is the death of an innocent human being.

“You don’t need religion or the Bible to tell you that it’s wrong to kill people,” he continued. “But we start with pro-life theology because God is very, very clear about how He views human life and how we are to view human life as Christians, and He’s also very clear that we’re called to rescue and defend the innocent or the most vulnerable among us.”

Over 61 million unborn babies have lost their lives in the United States since the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in this country, reports But members of Samaritan Ministries International have not been asked to give one penny of their monthly share money toward this number.

Since its inception, Samaritan Ministries has helped hundreds of thousands of people to honor God through their health care. That also means Samaritan’s 83,000 member households are not asked to dishonor God by funding abortion or other unbiblical practices.

About some of the vital work his organization is doing, Nicholson says, We have met Christian pastors in places where the church is growing quickly and theological training is not highly sophisticated.” But when they are taught the biblical view of innocent life, “they stand with courage and conviction. They find their backbone and let the Holy Spirit convict them of what they’ve done in the past and the fact that they can be forgiven and move forward and make a difference in their communities for the Gospel.”

Nicholson’s group, PassionLife, is doing major work in Cuba, India, Vietnam, and some other Asian locations. Nicholson calls them “hot zone” countries, with high abortion rates or infanticide rates. But Christians also have well-established churches there—plus a desire to work with PassionLife on an ongoing basis. 

Samaritan Ministries helps more than 273,000 individuals from over 83,000 households obtain health care at fair prices. Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $2.3 billion in needs, praying and encouraging one another with notes along the way.

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