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Through Unlikely Circumstances, Summit Couple Sent as Missionaries

Ben and Rachel Ober always thought they would go to the nations as missionaries some day. They heard this calling separately, before they met one another, and now they are being obedient to where God is leading them overseas. When Ben was in college, he started underlining his Bible everywhere he could find missions mentioned. This radically transformed his perspective. “I was accustomed to thinking of the Great Commission as a verse at the end of Mark, or the end of Matthew, not really God’s heart running from Genesis to Revelation.” After that, Ben was committed to going overseas as a missionary, and...

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Amid the Pandemic, the Care of Community Prevails

Kelly and Aaron Griffin know the importance of a small group community—they’ve seen it firsthand in their three years as members of The Summit Church. But they’ve never been more grateful for it than after having a child during the COVID-19 pandemic. When they began attending the Summit in 2017, Kelly was seven months pregnant with their first son, Brayden. Right away, Kelly expressed interest in serving in Summit Kids and was connected to Julie, a staff member who invested in her and trained her to be a leader when she was able to start serving after maternity leave. But...

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Summit Members See God Working Through Home Gatherings

The following stories are from the Summit’s Alamance County campus’ home gatherings. To find a home gathering nearest you, visit summitchurch.com/gather. Jeff and Laura Jeff and Laura host a home gathering in Gibsonville. They started by sending an invitation to their entire neighborhood, where they had already begun to develop friendships, to gather with them on Sunday mornings. Recognizing the beauty and value of hospitality, Jeff and Laura extended the invitation to include a meal after the service. For their first weekend, two couples from their neighborhood joined to worship alongside several Alamance County friends, and one of the couples stayed afterward...

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Disciple-making Disciples: Jonathan’s Stewardship Story

When Jonathan Marrero and his wife, Marilyn, attended Financial Peace University years ago, God began calling him to trust and surrender his personal finances—and teaching him to use what he was learning to serve others.Now he and Marilyn both serve with the stewardship ministry at the Summit, coaching others on personal financial principles that honor God. As Jonathan counseled people at the church, he also felt he could offer something to his coworkers, who often talked about their financial struggles.“I would hear people talking about their lights getting cut off or worrying about a paycheck being late,” he said. “And...

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We Send Every Member | The Ashby’s Story

Emily and Reid never thought a global pandemic would be their ticket to serving with a church plant overseas. But when the world turned upside down this spring, and Emily began working remotely, God was bringing something beautiful out of something tragic. In March, Emily, an accountant in Research Triangle Park, was allowed to work remotely as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that didn’t seem possible before social distancing procedures became necessary. A few months later, Emily and Reid started praying about a risky possibility. Rather than working remotely from their home in the Triangle, they wanted...

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27Nov

Summit Couple Says 'Yes' to God and Seven Adoptions

They have 12 kids: five biological, seven adopted, and four of them with special needs. There are school lunches to pack. And loads of laundry. And meals for 14. But somehow, Rob and Maureen Tumey are surprised that anyone would want to hear their story. Because, as Maureen shared, they’re “nothing special, just an ordinary family who has said ‘yes’ to God—again and again and again.” Rob and Maureen had always considered adoption. But after having three kids and then getting the news of twins on the way, they felt their quiver of five may just end up being enough. Their...

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10Mar

Our Compassion Story: Nick and Emilee

Nick and Emilee first heard about Compassion in 2013 during a weekend service at the Summit. At the time, they had three sons under 4 and thought that sponsoring a child would be a practical way for their children to engage in global missions. They chose a 4-year-old boy from El Salvador closest in age to their oldest child and loved that the gospel was being shared with the children at the Compassion student center. As a family, they began writing letters and sending pictures and, when a letter would come in the mail from their sponsored child, they would...

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03Mar

Summit Family 'Forever Changed' By Loving Foster Kids

Opening your heart to child who doesn’t have a home can be a scary ride, full of the unknown, frustration, and tears. But obeying God’s mandate to take care of the orphan can open your life to a love that is so vast and deep that your life is forever changed. And for Jeremy and Cortnee Pierce, that makes it all worthwhile. Jeremy and Cortnee decided early in their marriage to take seriously the verses in Scripture that speak to taking care of the orphan (e.g., James 1:27, Psalm 82:3). For them, taking in the orphan was their “plan A” for...

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08Jun

Multiply: Chris and Georgeanna

Chris and Georgeanna had a desire to be a family to a forgotten and overlooked child, and once they started their adoption process, through providential connections, God led them to an orphanage in Taiwan that was home to a particularly overlooked and forgotten little girl. Despite discouragement to adopt from well-meaning family and friends who were concerned about the baby’s health, God opened doors for Chris and Georgeanna to complete the adoption process and bring their special needs daughter, Emi, home from Taiwan in January of 2013. While they were aware of some of Emi’s health issues during the adoption process, the...

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22May

Matthew and Lisa Maxfield

Meet Matthew and Lisa Maxfield who have Koral, Caden and Myles. Matthew and Lisa moved from Southern California and have been attending Summit Cary for the past 3 years. “We came to Summit because of the influence of adoption and the amount of adoptive families making us feel more at home and "normal." We wanted our children to look around and be able to see families like ours. Our faith has grown while being a part of this church as J.D. challenges us in amazing ways. I like hearing the same old Bible stories seem to take on a whole new meaning.”

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11May

Multiplying Seeds of Obedience

Chris and Georgeanna had a desire to be a family to a forgotten and overlooked child, and once they started their adoption process, through providential connections, God led them to an orphanage in Taiwan that was home to a particularly overlooked and forgotten little girl. Despite discouragement to adopt from well-meaning family and friends who were concerned about the baby’s health, God opened doors for Chris and Georgeanna to complete the adoption process and bring their special needs daughter, Emi, home from Taiwan in January of 2013. While they were aware of some of Emi’s health issues during the adoption process, the...

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12Apr

The Myers

Meet the Myers: (They have blessed us with their story of adoption today!) I've been asked to write about our adoption story. The thing is… it didn't happen just a year ago, it started five years prior when God started to take the broken pieces of infertility in our lives and make a beautiful mosaic that is our life today. For five years we stayed on our knees asking for a child and for five years we suffered in what felt like the silence of God. But in our weakness he moved in our souls allowing us to grow deeper in our...

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