2020-11-02

Picture this: You are driving home from Sunday church services with your family and next thing you know, a driver comes and T-bones your car. Each of you is rushed to the hospital and everyone is taken care of. You thank God relentlessly for keeping your family safe. But then, you see the medical bill.

Everyone knows someone that has been burdened by expensive medical bills. Even with insurance, the prices of unexpected accidents or diagnoses can financially ruin a family. It can be overwhelming to overcome, and many end up in mountains of debt because of it.

Healthshare ministries aims to fix that, by calling on Christians to group together and show their love and compassion for one another. Healthshare ministries are changing the lives of Christians around the world through shared medical bills. These organizations are giving Christians the freedom to enjoy each day without the burden of expensive healthcare and medical bills.

What is a healthshare ministry?

Healthshare ministries are non-profit ministries in which hundreds of thousands of Christians voluntarily share to pay each other’s medical bills. It is not an insurance. Each member is a Christian living out Biblical principles through helping another Christian with the burden of medical costs. The members are in a covenant with each other, rather than a contract. These ministries deliver compassionate and personal service in the name of Christ. They inspire their members to provide for one another through prayer, encouragement, community, and financial support.

The New Testament says in Galatians 6:2 to carry each other’s burdens, which is the foundation of healthshare ministries. It is a modern-day representation of how the early Christian Church shared to meet each other’s needs (Acts 2 and 4). Jesus often looked for those who were most in need and provided to them. He then instructed us to do the same. In John 13:35 He told His disciples, “The world will know you are my disciples by the way you love one another.” Because of this, many early Christians banded together to ensure that everyone in their community had their needs met.

The ministries check the bills to make sure they are authentic and eligible, and over 670 million in medical bills gets paid annually across the nation. Over one million Americans have participated in health sharing services as of 2019. This takes huge burdens off of our fellow Christian brothers and sisters and is there for when you might need it for your family. Members do not only provide financial assistance. Through spiritual and emotional support, healthshare ministries develop communities of Christians that really help one another.

Who has healthshare ministries helped?

The idea of a healthshare ministry can date back over a century. Hundreds of thousands of families and individuals have been helped because of their collective efforts. Take Catherine Morris from Long Beach, California. She turned to a healthshare ministry after spending thousands a month on private health insurance because she owned her own business. After years of volunteering her money to her healthshare ministry, she received the benefits right back. She found herself suffering from ovarian cancer, but through her ministry she was not only able to navigate her treatment more easily but had a community of Christians deliver endless prayers for her recovery and healing. Catherine was quoted that her surgeries would be over $120 million dollars, but with her healthshare she was able to get full treatment.

The Hughes Family, from Florida, feels great knowing that their monthly donation to their healthshare ministry is helping people in need, like Catherine. Then when they needed help the most, they received that love right back. The Hughes Family experienced an unexpected emergency after the mother, Laura, had complications with her pregnancy. Their newborn baby had suffered a severe stroke and had to be airlifted in a helicopter to a different hospital. They were amazed by the letters of encouragement they received to help them through one of the most difficult times of their lives. Their daughter is now living a healthy and happy life, and they credit their healthshare ministry for making sure that became a reality.

You do not have to figure out your medical bills all on your own. Joining a healthshare ministry will give you the freedom to live your life without fear of crippling financial debt. You also will be serving God in a beautiful way by voluntarily ensure your Christian broths and sisters never are without support. Are you ready to serve God and grow your relationship with Him through health share ministries?

Explore these great options for Healthcare Sharing:

Medi-Share: Affordable and Biblical Healthcare Sharing

Altrua Healthshare: Caring for One Another

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