PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Samaritan Ministries International (SMI), a health care sharing ministry for Christians, is one of eight national sponsors of Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017, the #1 Christian music tour in the world. Ten contemporary Christian performers will be appearing in 46 locations across the Midwest and East Coast, starting with Charleston, West Virginia, on January 6. The expected total attendance is 600,000. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161031/434346 Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161031/434347LOGO In the rapidly changing health care environment of companies and health care providers responding to requirements of federal health care laws, SMI is reaching out to other Christians to let them know about how this non-insurance, health care sharing ministry can enable them to help one another. Anthony Hopp, Samaritan vice president of external relations explains, "Winter Jam brings together believers in Jesus of all ages and different walks of life for a night of worship and community. Samaritan Ministries brings those same people together to live out their faith by bearing one another's medical burdens. By directly sharing medical needs and joyfully caring for each other, Samaritan members are a bright light in an increasingly gloomy, frustrating, and chaotic health care world." Many Americans are facing difficult decisions about their health care, especially during the open enrollment period that begins November 1. Samaritan Ministries has more than 63,000 member households (207,000 persons) who share more than $25 million in health care needs each month. The monthly share for a family of any size has never been more than $495, and is even lower for couples and singles. Membership in Samaritan Ministries is available anytime, not just during open enrollment.