October: Child Loss Awareness Month
Samaritan Ministries Walks Alongside Members Through All Circumstances of Life—Especially in Times of Sorrow
Samaritan Staff Members Give Special Loving Care to Families Who Have Experienced Miscarriage or Stillbirth
PEORIA, Ill.—The staff of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, walks alongside its nearly 80,000 fellow member families and 260,000-plus individuals in all circumstances of life—sickness, health, celebration and tragedy—as part of its nearly 25-year mission to connect Christians through an affordable, effective and God-honoring direct-sharing approach to health care.
Miscarriages and stillbirths in particular can bring profound grief and loss that can often be overlooked, even by a caring community. This grief compounds the stress and overwhelming feelings members may experience when trying to complete even simple, everyday tasks.
Because of this, Samaritan Ministries’ staff members provide extra care for members who are experiencing continuing grief following miscarriages or stillbirths. The ministry also hopes others will learn more about how to serve these families during the October observation of Child Loss Awareness Month.
In the past three years alone (September 2015 through September 2018), Samaritan members have shared $9.1 million within this Biblical community for 1,862 miscarriage or stillbirth needs.
“This is a significant number that represents families who are experiencing the loss of a little one,” said Amanda Wilton, marketing coordinator for Samaritan Ministries. “Simply letting mothers and fathers know that we recognize their loss and grief can go a long way in providing Biblical community and letting them know we support them and are praying for them.”
Member Courtney from Montana expressed her appreciation for how Samaritan helped her during a difficult time.
“Your support through my miscarriage this previous year was so amazing,” she said.
April of Texas said Samaritan treated her situation with “dignity.”
“I just wanted to thank this ministry from the bottom of my heart for their professional and sincere support after our recent miscarriage,” April wrote. “I made a call to cancel the maternity need I had submitted and the man who spoke with me handled the call with such dignity. He truly helped to make at least this one step as easy as possible. His prayer with me at the end of the call was a huge encouragement during our grieving and yet another confirmation that we are in the right place with Samaritan Ministries.”
Wilton, who experienced her own miscarriage, added that members have worked together to create “Mourning with Hope,” a booklet that contains personal stories, devotionals, poems and more from Samaritan members who have also been through the tragedy of child loss. This ministry outreach was born as a result of Samaritan staff realizing how many prayer requests come from members who had experienced this loss.
“I had miscarried our first baby, and I knew how much it meant to me when one person took the time to let me know that God saw me in my pain,” Wilton said. “I realized we had the opportunity to do the very same thing for our fellow Samaritan members.”
The booklet opens with these words:
“Wherever you find yourself in the mourning process, we at Samaritan Ministries extend our tender love and much prayer. You dreamed of a new life added to your family. Now the hope you treasured for your future, and perhaps even the truth that grounded your past, has been shaken. You may be disconnected from the world around you or encircled by caring friends. You may be clinging to God as never before or feel He has withdrawn His love, and you don’t understand Him at all. Or maybe you are in a place where God is ministering sweetly to your soul. Whatever you are feeling, know that if we could, we would come sit beside you and listen, we would cook and clean and care for you, with Christ’s compassion. … We invite you to open these pages and hear what we have to say, little by little, as you can. We pray that on every page you will find the heart of the Lord and be drawn more deeply into His love that heals.”
This caring and Biblically based effort is part of Samaritan’s growing Biblical community that shares approximately $27 million each month in medical needs—person to person. Yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households. This direct-sharing approach also allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs, but also connect monthly with prayer, personal notes and cards of encouragement.
Samaritan Ministries offers two membership levels, Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Samaritan Basic has a lower monthly share coupled with a higher initial unshared amount than Samaritan Classic. This gives both present and future members two options for choosing what they believe is best for their families—and their budgets. Monthly shares for Samaritan Basic start as low as $100 for one person, $200 for two people and $250 for a family of any size, depending on age. Some guidelines differ between Samaritan Basic and Samaritan Classic; contact Samaritan Ministries for details or visit this link.