Samaritan Members Shared More than $19 Million in 2020 to Help with the Needs of Heart Patients
June 8, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. — Heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death, claims about 650,000 lives every year, exceeding even the toll from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to the challenge of caring for its members affected by heart disease, Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, samaritanministries.org) members shared $19.1 million in 2020 alone for needs from health care for heart disease.
“We’ve long had a heart for people who need care for heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses,” said Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries International. “Families don’t have to bear these burdens alone. Our members not only help with covering the costs but offer up prayers and encouragement.
“Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 that ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ That’s something we try to put into practice every single day.”
Samaritan Ministries members share approximately $30 million toward one another’s health care needs every month, along with praying for one another and sending notes of encouragement.
“As Christians, we’re inspired to look beyond material needs and to address spiritual needs as well,” Pittenger said. “In fact, the Apostle Paul admonished us to ‘bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ’ (Galatians 6:2). That means taking into account whatever the need may be, including listening and offering prayers and encouragement.
“We’re often touched by responses from members who have benefited from our members’ generosity.”
Here’s one note from Michael and Andrea, who live in California:
“We have both had some major health challenges in 2020. Mike had a heart attack and Andrea had optic nerve issues. Without medical insurance, and generally enjoying good health for many years, we did not know exactly what to expect in paying for these problems. We negotiated discounts with providers. Samaritan has been a joy to work with, and members have blessed us with funds, well-wishes, and prayers. God is very good!”
And another, from John and Rhonda in Indiana:
“I was thanking God for this ministry as I lay in that hospital bed. It was wonderful not to have to worry about money or debt. It occurred to me that Samaritan is like Christ in that my ‘hope’ wasn’t a wish, but a secure knowledge that I WOULD be taken care of. I always tell others about Samaritan Ministries and now I can easily link it to the message of salvation!”
And yet another, from Elizabeth in Minnesota:
“We are so blessed to be a part of Samaritan Ministries. We are very healthy people and went several years with no needs. All of a sudden this year we ran on tough times medically speaking. We received all our shares as requested! We could not afford health insurance, so Samaritan was a great fit for us. We pray for all the staff daily that you will continue to be a blessing to everyone who is a member. God bless you.”
Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers several advantages when it comes to heart-related needs:
- No network restrictions or 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 and to facilitate prayer and personal encouragement.
- 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 in 2020 of $623 per month for just one individual and $1,779 monthly for a family.
Samaritan Ministries gives people of faith with 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.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.