Why SMI-

Fifteen years ago, Julé Colvin and her family joined Samaritan Ministries. Shortly after that, they experienced the heartbreak of a stillborn baby.

“Here it was, a stillborn baby and $7,000 in medical bills,” she says. “The words of encouragement we received, it was amazing.”

They left SMI for a time because her husband had insurance, but at this point in their life, they have rejoined. “I have the pre-existing condition of rheumatoid arthritis, but I’ve found that I can handle the regular cost of the medicine and the upkeep on my own,” she says.

In the current health care climate, Julé says they appreciate SMI even more than they did back then. “The other options that are out there for insurance were just outrageously priced and I thought, ‘I know this has worked in the past; this is a Biblical model.’”

She finds it freeing to be able to avoid supporting things that go against Christian values while at the same time helping other people.

Even more so, she enjoys being a part of a Christian community.

“As we’re in the middle of all of this health care, what I call ‘crisis,’ it’s an amazing gift to be able to read SMI’s newsletter and know points of prayer, as well as read Member Spotlights and know what people are out there doing.”

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triathlon ironman

By Michael Miller

God is in the details and, in Paul Perryman’s case, in the ruts.

The Samaritan Ministries member hit one of those ruts during the bicycling portion of an Ironman Triathlon in Oklahoma City on September 26, 2015. An Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and a full marathon. Paul, who lives in Flint, Texas, hit the unmarked rut in the road around the 100-mile mark of the bike ride.

He now sports five plates and 20 screws, all unnoticeable, in his face.

In the accident, his bike’s front tire wedged solidly in the asphalt gap, stopping the whole bike suddenly. Paul flew forward off the bike and landed on his face and head, with the rest of his body following. He sustained six broken bones and five cracked bones (if you’re not squeamish, you can read about them in detail at his blog) in his face and other parts of his head, as well as several broken teeth. A photo of his sunglasses shows distinct scrape marks where they met asphalt; the padding in his protective helmet was shredded. But God was already busy working things for His glory.

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Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent of hidden faults. Keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Psalm 19:12-13

We can be in the wrong without realizing it. At the very time we are the most confident, we may be in the greatest danger. What can we do?

Earlier in Psalm 19 we are reminded that God speaks to all people through His creation. But He didn’t stop there. He has given us His Word. God’s law is perfect, His testimony is sure, His precepts are right, His commandment is pure, and His rules are true. The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever.

God has provided everything needed for us to know Him and be cleansed, even of our hidden faults and presumptuous sins, when we seek Him. We need to be truly seeking God, with our hearts crying out to Him.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

For the Kingdom,

Ray King

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Online bill submission is here!

After you start a need through the Samaritan Dashboard Needs App, you can submit your medical bills online.

You can also explore other apps to see your monthly share assignment, pray for other members’ needs, read the Newsletter, record shares you receive, and more.

A few things to know:

  • You can’t use online bill submission for needs started on paper or through the mail.
  • This only works for needs that have been created on your Needs App since December 7, 2016.
  • Right now, we can only use JPG or PNG images. We’re working on being able to accept PDFs as well.

We hope it works well for you. If you have any problems, you can send email to support(at)samaritanministries.org, or click the “?” in the bottom left of your Samaritan Dashboard.

Let us know how you like it!

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Links for the December 2016 newsletter

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  • Board Member Ron Drummond draws on his background in hospital billing and shares a process he uses for getting a better price on his health care. Also read this month’s Member Spotlight for more information about Ron and his wife, Lynn. Ron also explains why the Drummonds joined Samaritan.
  • Rob Slane reflects on similarities he sees between Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president and the referendum in Britain to leave the European Union. He says in both countries there has been an attempt to usher in a “Kingdom of Love” without depending on God.
  • Dr. David Brownstein’s book, The Statin Disaster, is reviewed on page 6. He cites evidence that statin medications are a failure at treating heart disease and are associated with a host of dangerous conditions. He also explains how he has successfully treated heart disease with nutritional and hormone therapies.
  • Health care expert Devon Herrick explains why health care costs a lot more than it should. He shows how the industry uses government regulation to deny patients money-saving health care options.
  • The Doorpost points to how verses 11 and 12 work together in Matthew 7.
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