Samaritan Ministries Members Grateful for the Way God’s Family Provides for Medical Needs
‘We Can See God’s Provision So Clearly Through His People, and We Are So Grateful!’ Says One Samaritan Couple
PEORIA, Ill.—Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, often tell how they have been blessed by health care sharing, but they especially report an overwhelming gratitude for how God’s family comes together to bear one another’s burdens by helping with each other’s medical needs.
Samaritan members send monthly financial shares directly to other members to help them pay their medical bills. And while the affordable monthly share amounts help families’ budgets, the prayers and encouraging notes members send to each other is what sets Samaritan health care sharing apart.
“It is so nice to be taken care of in this way!” wrote Andrew and Sarah of Kansas. “We can see God’s provision so clearly through His people, and we are so grateful! We get as much—if not more—enjoyment from the notes we receive as from the money for our need. It is also such a blessing to know that members of God’s family, whom we don’t even know, pray for our well-being and blessing.”
Jeff from North Carolina, who experienced a frightening snake bite followed by eight weeks of recovery, said other members’ financial shares paid all of his medical expenses, and the majority were accompanied by notes of encouragement and handwritten prayers for healing—an overwhelming and humbling feeling for Jeff.
“We are so grateful for Samaritan Ministries, who brings the larger body of Christ together to help one another in time of need,” he said. “One never expects to be taken ill suddenly, but what a joy to know that we can share together, bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the Law of Christ through Him—to love one another.”
Because Samaritan members shared in the expenses for ACL surgery for Jeff and Mary’s daughter, she is now able to play college basketball.
“Thank you to all of the Samaritan Ministries members who supported us during the ACL surgery and recovery for our daughter,” the Ohio couple wrote. “We are so grateful and in awe of God’s abundant gifts. After our family received all of the lovely letters and cards, we would pick out three each evening and lift those names up in thanksgiving to the Lord—asking for His blessing upon them. Thank you!”
Butch in Florida happily reported that all costs for his hip replacement were shared by other Samaritan members, and he was also able to save costs by paying in advance and negotiating with the hospital, doctor, anesthesiologist, radiology group and other medical providers.
“It is such a blessing to get the notes in the mail with Scripture verses!” Butch said. “It is such a blessing to know that other believers are praying for my recovery. It is such a blessing to be treated like a person when I call (Samaritan) headquarters needing help or having questions. It is so encouraging to actually have someone pray for me before we end the calls. Samaritan Ministries helped me share the $13,000 cost of my surgery and helped me save nearly $100,000 on what would have been charged. I’m so grateful and thankful!”
Gina from Texas is not only grateful for what Samaritan has done in her own life, but for other members as well.
“The more I hear of families struggling to pay for health insurance with declining care, the more thankful I become for Samaritan Ministries,” she said. “It is such a blessing to our family, and we are forever grateful for the vision of this great ministry.”
Samaritan members give a monthly share of only $495 for a family of any size, while individuals give $220 and couples give $440, with lower amounts for adults under 26. Each month, more than 69,000 Samaritan member households (227,000 individuals) currently share $25 million in needs, following the Bible’s teachings to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 | ESV).