The story of Samaritan Ministries is a great story, both because it’s unique (how many nonprofits are started in a renovated chicken coop?) and because the divine hand is evident throughout.
Now that account is available in the book Sharing the Burden: The Samaritan Ministries Story, written by Senior Communications Specialist Michael Miller with a foreword by Founder and President Ted Pittenger.
Sharing the Burden highlights the unlikely beginnings of the 25-year-old health care sharing ministry, documents its growth, and celebrates God’s blessings on it through numerous challenges.
Here are what some well-known Samaritan members have to say about it:
Dr. Stephen R. Turley of TurleyTalks.com and author of Health Care Sharing Ministries: How Christians Are Revolutionizing Health Care:
From small beginnings to growing pains, from biographies to balance sheets, from bureaucratic battles to the gargantuan threat of socialized medicine, Miller provides for us a memoir of God’s providential faithfulness throughout nothing less than a revolution in how health care is administered and paid for. You will be blessed by this testimony of the miracles that happen when God’s people come together to show the world what a distinctively Christian community of faith, hope, and love can really look like.
This book is an incredible testimony. It’s not a testimony about some alternative to insurance products that claim to provide health care. This is about health care the way it was designed by God in the book of Acts. This is testimony about devoted Christians as members of Samaritan Ministries—a testimony of a body of believers that in the name of Jesus Christ have committed to be obedient disciples for their brothers and sisters.
Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons:
This book is a prototype of how disruptive innovation can develop from the ground up, even from operating out of a repurposed chicken coop. So much of today’s “health care” is dictated from the top down, with the top being the supposedly all-powerful federal government. Samaritan, on the other hand, seems to be inspired from the very top, our Creator, and implemented by gifted fishermen, not the academically and politically credentialed elite. The personal stories of those who make the ministry work, and of those who benefit from it, are featured, along with the nuts and bolts of its functioning, and the harrowing tales of the attacks it has miraculously survived.