Samaritan Ministries Is a ‘Rock’ Amid Health Care Market Fluctuations

Bible-Driven Ministry Brings Together Christians Looking for Reliable, Compassionate Health Care Provision

August 9, 2021

PEORIA, Ill. — In a time of health care uncertainty, Samaritan Ministries International ( offers the consistency of a Bible-based health care sharing community.

“Since 1994, Samaritan Ministries has offered a Bible-driven approach to health care, with members sharing each other’s medical needs through prayer, encouragement and financial support,” said Samaritan Ministries International founder and President Ted Pittenger.

“It’s not health insurance. We deliver authentic, compassionate, and personal service in the name of Christ to enable and inspire members to help with one another’s health care needs. We try to be a ‘rock’ in the turbulent stream of market fluctuations.”

Samaritan Ministries’ health care sharing approach offers a person-to-person, relational approach rather than an impersonal health insurance process. Pittenger said, “Many Samaritan members have shared with us their appreciation of the way their needs were met and how they are able to help meet the needs of others.”

Here’s a note from Robert and Yuriko, who live in Oklahoma:

“We are so thankful that the Lord has led us to Samaritan Ministries. We like to send the check to the individual directly and pray for them. We have experienced receiving as well. We are so thankful for all the brothers and sisters who have prayed for us and supported us. We are very thankful for Samaritan Ministries for having a great vision for helping God’s family with their medical needs.”  

Jeffrey and Kaela from Missouri wrote:

Samaritan has been a huge blessing for our family. Our needs have been met financially and, moreover, covered with prayer. We are so grateful. We are also so thankful for the opportunity to send help to and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

“Samaritan Ministries can help Christians have greater peace of mind in many ways, including the satisfaction of encouraging others and helping them with their medical needs. With health insurance, your money goes to a large corporation, whereas, with Samaritan, your share money is going directly to a fellow Christian in need,” Pittenger said. “Finding fair prices and receiving financial help from fellow Christians is the norm for Samaritan’s more than 85,000 member households (over 281,000 individuals).”

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 other 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 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 health insurance for an 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 medical 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, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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