Why SMI? It's about real people, RHMA's Ron Klassen says

Michael Miller  ·  Sep 28, 2017

Since Rural Home Missionary Association staff and missionaries are self-supporting, they need to arrange for their own health care.

That has led more than a dozen of them, including executive director Ron Klassen, right, and associate director Gary Roseboom, to health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries.

Gary signed on in 2011 a few years after going full time with RHMA. He originally had bought health insurance through a local company, but they stopped offering it. After being with another health care sharing ministry for a while, he switched to SMI.

“We knew enough about Samaritan,” he says, and praised it to others. “It was time to put our money where our mouth was.”

Gary says he and his wife, Judy, have “no regrets” turning to health care sharing.

“We’ve had nothing but positive experiences,” he says.

So positive, that his son, Adam, and daughter-in-law, Allison, who work for a church in Malaysia, have joined as well, with Judy handling their Samaritan paperwork from the U.S.

Ron and his wife, Roxy, joined in 2016 after witnessing staff members’ positive experiences and becoming “intrigued” by this different way of doing health care.

Both the Klassens and Rosebooms have had positive experiences with having Needs met by Samaritan members.

“It was flawless, like clockwork, like you had hoped it would happen,” Ron says of their experience. “We agreed the biggest difference is it’s personal. You’re not sending money to a company. It’s ingenious, really. We’re not even sending money to Samaritan. We’re sending money to real people. So you get a sense that we’re helping brothers and sisters in Christ. This is about people.”

Plus, Ron says, the health care sharing model “makes us eager to help.”

“With insurance, you’re always trying to get by with giving them as little money as you can,” he says. “Now, with the option of giving more money to Samaritan, just to help with Special Prayer Needs, it’s like, ‘Well, we want to do that.’ And it’s not burdensome for us, like an insurance payment would be burdensome.

“It’s an opportunity to help somebody.”