A History of Samaritan Ministries

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Samaritan recently published the history of how this ministry came to be and what it went through in order to grow and become the wonderful organization it is today. Some of this history I knew from doing my research a couple of years ago, but much of it was new information to me and great to read. I’m so glad the founder pushed forward to get the ministry going even when there were a couple of bumps in the road. For instance, the founder worked for 6 years without taking any pay. That is an example of someone truly dedicated and passionate about his goals.

You can read the full history here: http://samaritanministries.org/why-samaritan/long-history/

Samaritan recently had their largest January growth in history, over 5000 new families joined that month. The ministry is growing by leaps and bounds!

 

Woohoo! Another share reduction!

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We got our newsletter and share slip today, and May’s shares were reduced by 5%! Sometimes it’s the little things that really warm your day. I just LOVE know that my health care ministry can be trusted to always look out for its members. It’s easy to say you’ll do something, but to have this ministry always follow through on their promise to reduce shares whenever needs are less in a month, well, it’s just so heartwarming to see it actually happen. And this isn’t the first time, I’ve witnessed several share reductions as a Samaritan member and it’s such a joy each time. It’s just one more amazing thing about being a Samaritan member, and I love love love it!!

It’s such a testament to our member base also, that members are working hard to keep health costs down so we all can benefit.

I will now sit down and read my newsletter and list of Special Prayer Need requests, while I sip a glass of tea by the fire (it’s raining and cool today, perfect fireplace weather). I had to write this first because I was just so happy about it! I’m looking forward to some quiet time with my Samaritan newsletter, reflecting on the needs of others and praying for healing.

 

Giving to Special Prayer Needs

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Our family’s April share was listed as $0 from referrals, so we sent our full $400+ regular share equivalent to special prayer needs instead. We love paying it forward. It allowed us to send about $40 to 10 different families who had special prayer needs this month, meaning almost everyone on our list received something from us. We were able to provide extra help to families in 9 different states (twice to Georgia), with needs ranging from pregnancies that started before membership to extensive dental work. There was even one that had a cancer need which went over the $250,000 limit per need for the regular membership and he wasn’t a part of Save to Share. The full need over and above the $250k would have been shared if that member was also part of Save to Share. Since he wasn’t, the extra bills then gets listed as a Special Prayer Need.

Side note: I STRONGLY recommend being a part of Save to Share for that very reason. Being part of S2S jus means you put a little money (depending on membership type) in your own savings account and only send it out when called upon. It’s a very inexpensive way to provide financial protection against those super scary big needs like cancer or heart attacks. We did not spend our entire Save to Share allotment last year, and looks like we probably won’t this year either at the rate its going.

Do members have to give to Special Prayer Needs? No. But I hope you will. These are offered as opportunities for extra giving. Some people just can’t, they are pinched as it is. Others can give generously. All of it is needed and useful, and all of it touches another family in a very direct way. Sometimes it’s easy to think we aren’t making a difference in the world, or wonder how we could make enough of a difference to matter. When you send a check to a family who is facing a need which burdens them, you are sending relief, hope and support. You are sending a message that there are Christians out there who are thinking of them, praying for them, and walking with them in their need. Even if you just send $5, that message still counts. It means they were thought about, prayed for, and supported. And sometimes that can be the very thing they needed to take another step forward. You can send your gift direct to the family or direct to Samaritan with designation to a family on your list (or don’t designate and let Samaritan decide). It’s tax deductible if you send it through Samaritan. That matters to some, others don’t care about the deduction.

If you were part of the reason we could send our full share this month to special prayer needs, I again say thank you for listing me as your referral. It serves a real need and I love knowing that we can help.