I love this post on the Samaritan Ministries blog about a member (Brenda) who had an outstanding surgery bill which was largely met by those members’ contributing to her Special Prayer Need. Samaritan is the only health care sharing ministry I know that lets you submit big bills from before membership to be considered for extra giving. Samaritan also appears to be the only ministry which allows big dental bills to be shared as SPN’s. The ability to get assistance for these burdensome needs which otherwise don’t qualify for regular sharing is a big reason we love Samaritan. Our insurance company barely gave us financial help on regular bills, much less anything outside the scope of the policy. Samaritan actually gives members an avenue to get additional assistance for those non-publishable needs, it is the grace of God in action.
Every little bit helps and that’s why we love giving to Special Prayer Needs each month. Those gifts of generosity mean so much to those receiving it, even if you can only give $5… that $5, your card and your prayer can mean the world to someone suffering with that burden. If you want you can also send your SPN donation direct to Samaritan, designated to whomever you wish, and then that donation becomes tax deductible.
You can read about Brenda’s story here: http://samaritanministries.org/members-burden-quickly-lifted-special-prayer-need/