Why SMI? During difficult recovery, 'Samaritan came through every step of the way'

by Greg Feulner  ·  Jul 15, 2022

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Doug Stroup had a traumatic brain injury after a cycling accident in April 2015, leaving him unable to walk, talk, or drive for almost three years.

It was a dark and difficult time in his life.

“When you have a traumatic brain injury, you don’t know what you’re doing,” he says. “You don’t even know who you are.

“I felt God was done with me, not because of His lack of ability to use me, but because of my lack of ability to be used, because my brain didn’t work for literally almost three years.”

As the bills mounted, though, and he worked to regain his ability to think, “Samaritan Ministries came through every step of the way,” he says.

Doug and his wife, Amy, love the financial and prayerful help and support they received then and for subsequent Needs. They also love the opportunity they have to pray for and give to fellow Christians in need each month.

“To me, it’s so much better than the insurance racket that’s out there,” Doug says.

The Stroups joined Samaritan Ministries over 10 years ago in part because they didn’t want to support the things many health insurance companies support, such as abortion.

Two of Doug and Amy’s daughters were also involved in a very serious car accident and those bills piled up as well.

“Both of them survived,” Doug says, praising God. “One of them was hurt a lot worse than the other, and she had to have a couple of different surgeries rebuilding one of her eye sockets. It was a major ordeal.”

Doug adds, “Samaritan Ministries and the whole family of faith came through again. It was wonderful. We felt very blessed.”