Remember Member Assistance Fund in end-of-year giving

Doug Winkler, Samaritan Ministries Chief Financial Officer

As the calendar flips to December, I’m reminding myself to deliberately carry the spirit of Thanksgiving into the busy time of Christmas preparation that is about to descend upon us. God has given us so many blessings to count, both individually and at Samaritan Ministries.

Through members faithfully sending their Share each month, more than 350 million dollars in medical bills will be paid this year! Members tell of the amazing ways God has provided, such as a letter from one member about bills that were reduced from $750,000 to $250,000. And I’m thankful members are using tools like Healthcare Bluebook to select providers with the best quality and price ratings. Another letter tells about having ACL surgery done for $9,000 even though it could have cost $44,000.

Another important part of Samaritan Ministries is members helping each other with the more than $1 million in bills each month that do not qualify to be shared. Some give directly to these members described on the Share Assignment, and $2.3 million has also been donated to the Member Assistance Fund this year.

I encourage you to read this month’s letters from members with these burdens to see what kind of impact a donation can have on their physical and spiritual health. If God has blessed you with the ability to make an end-of-year donation, would you consider including these brothers and sisters in Christ in your giving? We were able to help 3,338 members this year, but there are many financial burdens we are not able to lift because of limited availability of funds.

Donations made to the Member Assistance Fund are tax-deductible and will only be used to help your fellow members in need. You can donate using the back of your Share Assignment or online via Secure-Q at SamaritanMinistries.org/donate.

We as a staff at Samaritan Ministries thank our Lord for each family that He brings to the community of Samaritan Ministries. His faithfulness for providing for each of our needs continues to bring us to our knees in thanksgiving. May He bless each member with His peace and comfort this holiday season as we celebrate God’s greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. 

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