In 2013, our insurance premiums and deductibles were going to double, so we took a step of faith and became members of Samaritan Ministries. It was a difficult choice at the time, but now we are so grateful for the blessings of this ministry.
Each month we write a note of encouragement to send with our Share to another member. We promise to pray daily for the member to have comfort, peace, and complete healing. We feel blessed to be part of the spiritual family to help others pay their medical bills.
On October 15, 2017, I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. I spent 30 days in the hospital, which included 21 days in ICU. Then I began the long road of rehabilitation and recovery.
By April 2018, I was completely healed by the hand of God, thanks to the prayers of my church family and thanks to the prayers of the 500-plus Samaritan families who sent their monthly shares and cards of encouragement to us. I was able to return to my high school teaching job and teaching Sunday School with my husband, Trent, who was my faithful caretaker through the long trial.
When I first submitted my pile of bills to Samaritan, I didn’t know if it was even possible that they could all be shared, but they were! I received the Shares and eventually paid off every last bill totaling nearly $250,000. What a joyous day of celebrating God’s miracles in our lives!
I feel so blessed to share the story of Samaritan Ministries with everyone I talk to. Without Samaritan, my hospital bill alone would have been $705,000. Because we were cash-pay patients, the hospital gave us a 75 percent discount. We also received cash-pay discounts from the doctors, anesthesiologists, and emergency transport providers. I am thankful for the Karis Group, which helps Samaritan members negotiate discounts. We were also fortunate to have purchased a life flight insurance plan that covered the $51,000 helicopter ride to Oklahoma City.
Samaritan Ministries provides a great opportunity for the Body of Christ to function as God designed it to do from the beginning. We share the financial needs as Christian brothers and sisters much like the early church did in Acts 2. And as Galatians 6:2 says, we “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”