Little One Ministry, Started Two Years Ago, Sends Extra Comfort and Prayers to Those Who Are Grieving
October 7, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.— Many people don’t or won’t talk about it. Losing an unborn or stillborn child can be overwhelming to families. Yet many individuals around them—including in the health care industry and sometimes even within the family itself—do not offer comfort to those grieving the untimely passing of these littlest human beings who are forever blessed by God.
Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), a leading health care sharing ministry, not only acknowledges the dignity and worth of the smallest human beings among us—it reaches out with extra care and focused prayer through its Little One Ministry, a unique effort to comfort parents who are dealing with the loss of their very young babies.
“Every month, a small team of our staff and volunteers gathers to pack individual boxes for these families. Additionally, we each pray over these boxes and the handwritten cards we enclose,” says Valerie Irions, member feedback specialist at Samaritan Ministries. “Since May 2018, we have ministered to over 1,200 families.”
The care packages go out to some 40 families each month from Samaritan Ministries and include a booklet with encouraging, compassionate advice for those who are grieving; a personally written note to the parents; and a commemorative plaque for the tiny child who has passed from this life into the hands of God.
The plaque contains the comforting words of God from Isaiah 43: “… I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
Families experiencing such a tragedy are remembered each October, which President Ronald Reagan in 1988 designated National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
The Lord is clearly working through Samaritan Ministries for the health and well-being of all its members, staff, and volunteers, no matter what difficulties they may face. Recipients of Little One Ministry packages often write to Samaritan to share their deep gratitude for the thoughtful gifts they’ve received at a most difficult time in their family’s life.
“Thank you so much for the beautiful card and plaque you sent after the stillbirth of our daughter, Bethany,” one New Jersey member wrote. “Your kindness and support are much appreciated.”
Joel Noble, Samaritan’s director of public policy, explained the heart behind Little One. “Health care sharing ministries are about more than just paying medical expenses,” Noble says. “We strive to care for the whole person.”
Samaritan Ministries helps more than 273,000 individuals from over 83,000 households obtain health care at fair prices. Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $2.3 billion in needs, praying and encouraging one another with notes along the way.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.