Samaritan Ministries

Samaritan Ministries

In Sep­tem­ber 1994, Ted Pit­tenger enrolled his fam­ily as the first mem­bers of Samar­i­tan Min­istries Inter­na­tional. The first admin­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters was an 11′ x 15′ office that had been built in one cor­ner of a chicken coop fifty feet from the Pittenger’s home in Wash­ing­ton, Illi­nois. (The chick­ens had been gone for sev­eral years.) Ted served with­out pay and was the ministry’s only offi­cial staff mem­ber. When he needed extra help with graphic design or proof­read­ing, or some­one to be a “sound­ing board,” he relied on his wife, Shari. When there were envelopes to stuff, he enlisted the aid of their three old­est chil­dren, Meg, Bree, and Jason.

There were sev­eral times in the early days of the min­istry when it appeared that it might not become estab­lished. But Ted and oth­ers per­se­vered, learn­ing from mis­takes and chal­lenges that arose. Today more than 18,000 house­holds from all fifty states and sev­eral for­eign coun­tries are actively shar­ing health care needs of more than $4 mil­lion each month. In a time of rapidly increas­ing health care costs, we con­tinue to be amazed at how low the monthly share has been, and real­ize that it is not because of our wis­dom, but God’s blessing.

The story of how the min­istry has grown is a tes­ti­mony to God’s faith­ful­ness in work­ing through His peo­ple both before and since the first mem­bers joined many years ago.

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