Why SMI? Honoring God with health care sharing

By Kathryn Nielson  ·  Jun 22, 2021

When they left careers to go into full-time missions work, Carlos and Lisa Sales realized quickly that buying health insurance for a family of six was going to be extremely expensive, if not impossible.

“The cost of health insurance is overwhelming and almost unattainable for a typical family,” Lisa says. “Plus, we really wanted everything we were doing with our resources to be God-honoring, so the thought that we could be supporting other brothers and sisters through health care sharing and not helping an insurance company get rich—that was kind of a no-brainer for us.”

Since becoming Samaritan Ministries members in 2009, the Sales family has spent the bulk of their time as members sending Shares rather than receiving them, a situation for which they’re grateful. They credit their lack of medical needs to doing everything they can naturally first before turning to medicine.

Despite the “one-sidedness,” Carlos and Lisa have enjoyed sending their Share and a note of encouragement and praying for the receiving member.

“Samaritan has been good,” Lisa says.

Read about how Carlos and Lisa serve through Reaching the Hungry.

Kathryn Nielson is a Communications Specialist for Samaritan Ministries.