Samaritan Ministries’ Members and Staff Are the Top Priorities
Leading Health Care Sharing Ministry Diligently Guides Its More Than 270,000 Members Through Nation’s Health Care Challenges, Helping Members to Stay Healthy
April 1, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically affected how people live, work, play, worship and even access health care.
Relying on God’s guidance and provision, Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country, makes its members’ health care needs the top priority while at the same time being careful to protect the health of the staff. Approximately 90% of the 350-plus employees have quickly transitioned to working from locations outside the office, no small feat with work hours stretching longer each day while the Samaritan staff continues to help over a quarter of a million members navigate the constantly changing health care situation.
Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries, said the transition has been led by the skilled staff in the IT department, and Samaritan has been able to continue serving the more than 82,000 member households (270,000-plus individuals) in sharing needs without disruption, showing members and staff the deep commitment to excellent service that undergirds Samaritan.
“I want every member to know that we are here to serve!” Pittenger said. “We’re open. We’re safe. We’re complying with government restrictions. Our team is encouraged, and we’re available to help members. We’re committed to doing everything we can to continue to serve members, no matter how challenging the circumstances.
“In just over one week, and prior to the order here in Illinois, we transitioned most of the rest of our staff to working from the safety and security of their homes. We never expected to transition this fast, but God gave us grace, and our staff worked tirelessly.
“This is a challenging time for all of us,” Pittenger continued. “There’s a lot of uncertainty and a lot of change. But we serve a God whose love is steadfast and whose promises are sure. As so much around us is shaking, Hebrews 11:28 reminds us that we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. We don’t know how long the road is ahead of us, but we do know Who is with us every step on that road. He’s our Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.”
Especially in this time, Samaritan members appreciate the caring nature of Samaritan Ministries staff and the advantages of health care sharing overall.
“This has been the best decision for me and my family!” said Brian on Facebook on March 13. “Medical Bills paid in full and no large deductibles! It’s been a blessing in our lives!”
Joseph and Michelle, members in Colorado, said they were especially grateful for Samaritan staff over a difficult year.
“We had an extraordinary amount of medical needs this past year, and Samaritan was there to help with billing questions and with prayer. I am so moved by this ministry. Prayers for you all. You have so touched my heart with the love and support I have received from the members and the staff.”
Every month, Samaritan Ministries members pray and send their financial shares directly to other members, along with notes and cards of encouragement, through this effective, God-honoring ministry. Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person to person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared over $1.8 billion in health care needs.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.