We praise God that the downward trend in Needs mentioned in recent months has continued, and, even as we have shared Needs early, the membership still has a surplus in Shares this month! As a result, members in Classic and Basic will receive a 3% reduction in their Share amount this month. We have also seen a strong uptick in member use of Healthcare Bluebook since the introduction of the fair-price reward incentive, saving the membership more than $3 million since July 1!
We are especially grateful for God's blessings in the midst of a difficult health care and financial year for many members. Once again we are reminded how Jesus is always trustworthy to give His people what they need when they need it.
This surplus has allowed us to share some Needs a month earlier than scheduled (see Guidelines VI.D.1.). This month we have shared as many needs as early as we could, which has now made a Share reduction possible for the month of December for members in Classic and Basic. This trend has affected members in Given, too. Many members in Given have seen lower monthly costs since there was more than enough to meet members' Needs over the past few months.
While we cannot say if a Share reduction will happen in future months, we thank God for our “daily bread” now and will continue to trust in His future provision as well.
We would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider donating your savings from this month to our Member Assistance Fund or our Special Needs Adoption Fund by donating via Ministry Linq at samaritanministries.org/donate. Since Samaritan is a 501(c)(3) organization, your gifts are tax-deductible.