Why SMI? To find help for medical bills

Samaritan staff  ·  Jun 28, 2017

Like so many other Samaritan Ministries families, Ben and Sheri Boyd first became aware of the health care sharing ministry from a World magazine ad.

At that time in 2006, the Boyds planned to have children—they now have four—and knew they would need help with medical costs, so they started checking into Samaritan and other health care sharing ministries.

The decision to join Samaritan, though, came down to time.

One health care sharing ministry told Ben he would have to give up his pipe smoking and then wait a year before he could join. Samaritan, which the Boyds also liked, told him he would have to give up his pipe smoking and then wait a day before he could join.

He put the pipe down and the Boyds joined Samaritan.

Through Ben’s time as a law student at Liberty University School of Law and then as a lawyer working in various locales, the Boyds have valued their involvement in Samaritan, calling their experiences “a delightful demonstration of mercy.”

“We currently have a need being processed due to our expecting baby number five, so some of the prenatal aspects of the care for our baby and Sheri have been shared already,” Ben says. “It’s really just a blessing to get cards from different folks in different states, saying they’re praying for our new one and for Sheri and our family. That’s just been a blessing and reminder of the same mercy and grace received from other Christians in prior years.”

Sheri echoes Ben’s appreciation.

“I have no idea how we would have paid for our medical bills without the help of others,” she says. “I remember once when we were on our way to the ER with our son thanking God that I didn't have to worry about how this was going to get paid for. When you are in a difficult situation it is such a blessing to not have the added burden of finances poured on top of that. It is one of my favorite checks to write for the month. It's a great blessing to be a part of a community of believers and seeing how the Body of Christ can come together and bear one another's burdens.”

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