We are thankful to be able to work with Samaritan Ministries and the Body of Christ as a whole. As I hear about the financial and paper work wranglings my friends go through with insurance companies, we are so blessed to be part of the simple, yet beautiful way that Samaritan deals with health care.
Our large family doesn’t have a lot of extra to go around, but God faithfully meets our needs. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His tender mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.”
Jon and Dorcas and family
We’re at the NRB International Christian Media Convention this week. Here are a couple photos
What a blessing this has been to experience God using His people to meet the needs of His people. We were skeptical of how this would work if we ever had a need. But, the process was so smooth. Most important to us was when the prayer cards came rolling in—one came with little games and pictures for our son to do. He experienced a full recovery shortly after his procedure, but the prayers that continued for him were so neat to see. I can only imagine how uplifting they would be for people still recovering. God has truly blessed this ministry and has blessed us by being a part of it. What a privilege it is to be able to pray for others and be a part of healing someone’s body and spirit!
Brian and Shari
Dr. John C. “Jack” Willke, considered by many to be the founder of the pro-life movement, passed away on Friday at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, at age 89. Willke and his late wife, Barbara (1923-2013), were involved in the right-to-life crusade through activism and education for more than 40 years.
“There is no way to quantify the contributions Jack Willke, along with his wife, Barbara, made to the right-to-life movement,” said Carol Tobias, current president of the National Right to Life Committee. “Jack’s generous heart and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.”
Willke’s involvement in the pro-life movement began in the 1970s. As an obstetrician and World War II veteran, he became increasingly concerned about the growing acceptance of abortion.
Willke served on the National Right to Life board of directors from 1973-2012, leading the organization as president for 10 years. During his second term as president, Willke played an instrumental role in organizing the 1990 Rally for Life, one of the largest events held at the National Mall in Washington D.C. The National Park Service estimated an attendance of more than 700,000 individuals.
John and Barbara Willke traveled the world to spread the pro-life message, speaking in 64 countries jointly. The couple also co-wrote 12 books and published pro-life educational materials that have been translated into 30 languages and used across five continents.
To educate the public about abortion and expand the influence of National Right to Life, Willke introduced Pro-Life Perspective, a daily radio program that has been going strong for 30 years.1
“The right-to-life movement has lost one of its most influential activists,” Tobias said. “But we know that Dr. Willke’s legacy of education and activism will live on in the countless men and women who were inspired to join the fight for life because of his efforts.”
Visit the National Right to Life News Today website to read more on the life of Dr. John C. Willke.
Photo credit: National Right to Life Archives
Fran, a West Virginia wife and mom, has been able to quit her weekend job—taken solely to provide health insurance for her family—and spend more time with her children thanks to Samaritan Ministries membership.
Fran’s husband, Brian, is self-employed so the family had to buy their health insurance on the market. When the premium became unaffordable, Fran, who had been a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, took a weekend job for the health care benefits, working two 16-hour shifts at a group home for developmentally disabled people.
What the family considered pretty good benefits started changing “drastically” after the Affordable Care Act was passed. Coverage was cut, deductibles went up. In addition, working that many hours on the weekend was taking a toll on their family life and kids homeschooling. Fran also realized that, by paying into the health insurance system, she was “probably paying for abortion for other people.”
“I was really struggling a lot,” she said. “We prayed for many, many months, and felt God revealed this to us, to look at Samaritan Ministries in particular.”
Brian and Fran studied Samaritan and other health care sharing ministries, and decided to join SMI last summer. They felt that confirmation of the right choice came quickly at a church meeting featuring their family doctor talking about the ACA and its impact on Christians.
“We went to the meeting and found out that he is in Samaritan Ministries with his own family and he really verbally supported it, advocating it to people very openly,” Fran said. “My husband and I felt that was just a wonderful affirmation from God that we had made a wise decision. It felt like a big leap of faith to trust God, but God really blesses things when you do that. I started to realize how easily things got distorted for me, that you started to find security in a system of health care rather than in God the provider.”
Being more responsible for their health care choices has led Brian and Fran, who are in their 50s, to try to live a healthier lifestyle by “de-stressing,” increasing exercise, and eating better.
Samaritan membership has helped them be more generous, Fran said. For instance, they didn’t give much thought to the Special Prayer Need on their first share slip, but noticed it on their second and gave to it. Fran felt so compelled to help out that she called the Samaritan office to recover the name and address of the SPN from their first month so they could give to that as well. She said she felt “joy” in giving to the SPN.
Membership also has expanded their family’s prayer time. Fran said she puts Samaritan prayer needs on the table for everyone to pray over during dinnertime prayer.
Dropping her job and joining Samaritan has meant a financial swing of about $1,200 a month, she said. But little things keep reassuring Fran and Brian that God is taking care of them.
“We’re really feeling extremely grateful and affirmed that we are following Him in the right way,” she said.