Samaritan Ministries Members Who Have Never Had Needs of Their Own to be Shared Especially Enjoy Giving to Others

Samaritan Ministries Members Who Have Never Had Needs of Their Own to be Shared Especially Enjoy Giving to Others

Jennie from Georgia Loves Being Able to Share in Others’ Needs, Even Though She Hasn’t Had a Need to be Shared for Herself in Over 20 Years of Membership!

December 23, 2019

PEORIA, Ill.—Jennie has been a member of Samaritan Ministries International (, one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, for nearly its entire history.

The Georgia resident joined Samaritan in 1997, just three years after the ministry started sharing medical needs. But, amazingly, in over 22 years, Jennie has never submitted a medical need to be shared for herself. But that doesn’t limit her joy in being a part of a Biblical community that bears one another’s burdens—in Jennie’s case, for more than two decades!

Jennie has experienced the truth of Jesus’s words reported in the Bible in Acts 20:35 that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

“I love being able to share in others’ needs, though I have never submitted a need myself,” Jennie told Samaritan Ministries. “I love knowing where my money is going, too!”

Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries, says, “Many of our 270,000-plus individual members, or 83,000 households, share a commonality with Jennie, in that their favorite aspect of health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries is directly sharing with other members and families who are experiencing needs. So often we hear from members who say that even though they’ve never submitted a need themselves, they love blessing others in the Samaritan family with financial shares, including personal words of encouragement and telling other members they are praying for them.”

Terry and Lesly, Samaritan members in Montana, are another two of those who have experienced the blessing of giving to other members each month, even though they haven’t had needs of their own to be shared.

“Thank you for making health care a non-stressful—actually joyful—part of our retirement season of life,” they said. “Though we have not submitted a need—what a blessing!—we look forward to sending our share/note of encouragement to other members.”

Lauren in South Carolina said her experience with Samaritan the past year has been “very positive.”

“Even though I haven’t had to share any health (care) needs so far, it’s been a privilege and joy to share in meeting the needs of other brothers and sisters in Christ,” Lauren said. “This, to me, is much more special than mailing off an insurance check to a large corporation every month. With Samaritan, I get to participate in prayer and hear what God is doing!”

Bethany and Austin in South Carolina share Lauren’s sentiments.

“We have been a part of Samaritan Ministries for over a year now and even though we’ve never needed any medical care, we still find being a part of this family to be a great blessing!” they said. “(We) always enjoy sending our share and knowing it’s going to a real family.”

Danielle, a member working in the medical field in Tennessee, is happy to tell others about Samaritan.

“I have never had a need to be shared,” Danielle said. “But I have many patients who use Samaritan Ministries and love it!! I recommend it weekly to patients.”

Each month, Samaritan members share $30 million in medical needs—person to person and family to family—as they also pray and send notes and cards of encouragement. Over the past 25 years, Samaritan members have shared $1.8 billion in medical needs.

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To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.