June 1, 2021
PEORIA, Ill. — A diagnosis of cancer can be crushing, but members of Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan, www.samaritanministries.org) have an advantage in battling back against this illness. They have consistent support and blessings from fellow members within this leading health care sharing ministry to help them through their journey.
Last year alone, Samaritan Ministries members shared more than $35 million in cancer-related health care needs.
“Our community takes care of major cancer needs—and does so frequently,” says Ted Pittenger, founder and president of Samaritan Ministries International. “Fighting back against a cancer diagnosis should not put anyone into debt. Health care sharing is about trust, in both God and the Body of Christ.”
The cost of cancer care is extremely high, and, globally, the disease is the second leading cause of death—accounting for nearly 10 million deaths last year, according to the World Health Organization.
The most common forms of cancer (in terms of new cases) are breast cancer, lung cancer, colon and rectal cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and stomach cancer. With 40 percent of men likely to receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives—and with 65 percent of cancer patients at age 65 or older—it’s understandable why so many Americans are concerned about having reliable health care.
Samaritan Ministries health care sharing offers several advantages for meeting cancer needs:
- There are no network restrictions.
- The direct-sharing approach allows members to help fellow believers with their medical needs as well as connect with them on a regular basis to encourage, pray and uplift one another.
- The monthly share has never exceeded $530 for a family of under seven, or $555 for a family of eight or more. That’s in contrast to the $1,779 average cost for a family of marketplace insurance in 2020.
Samaritan Ministries members who find themselves dealing with cancer or other health challenges are grateful for their membership.
One couple from South Dakota recently told their story, expressing their gratitude for having their needs addressed by this health care sharing community.
“As we are in the middle of Mike’s cancer treatments, surgery and healing, we are thanking God for his continual care medically and financially through the body of believers at Samaritan Ministries,” they wrote. “We are humbled and thankful for the prayers, encouragement and financial assistance to us.”
A couple from Georgia said,
“The experience of our first need was incredible—such attention, care, love—and with an organized, easy process. So grateful for this ministry.”
A woman from California said,
“We are so blessed by the ministry. I tell my friends all the time about Samaritan. They were always skeptical until they saw me go through my cancer need and saw how amazingly well it worked.”
And a couple from Indiana noted,
“It was wonderful not to have to worry about money or debt. Samaritan is like Christ in that our ‘hope’ wasn’t a wish—but a secure knowledge that we would be taken care of.”
Samaritan Ministries members have access to the clearest, most up-to-date information about the costs of their care, whether it’s for cancer or other health challenges, no matter how large the need is. This financial clarity and knowledge in the health care arena plays a big role in the grace-filled confidence that Samaritan Ministries’ members experience. Membership in Samaritan Ministries offers a Bible-based way for Christians to work together to take care of one another’s health care needs—something the ministry has been doing effectively for over 26 years.
“When you are responsible for how much other brothers and sisters in Christ will have to spend,” explains Pittenger, “you become more aware of what you’re spending, whether it’s necessary, and whether the treatment is available elsewhere for a lower cost. Members learn to negotiate lower charges for medical services and become good stewards of their health care costs — something people with health insurance rarely think about,” he adds.
Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing biblical community of members shares approximately $30 million in health care needs person-to-person each month. Members not only enjoy a personal connection with one another, but prayer is a bonus with this unique, Bible-based approach to health care sharing.
Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while praying for and encouraging one another with personal notes, cards and letters.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, 610.584.1096, Beth Harrison, ext. 105, Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.