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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 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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Disciple-making in the Margin: How One Summit Couple’s Intentionality Led to Baptism

“Relationships happen in the margins.” Or at least that’s what the book Next Door as It Is in Heaven says. Living in suburbia can make margins skewed. It can make white space almost obsolete. There’s school and soccer practice and problems at work. Sometimes the garage door begins to close before the gear goes into park. We’re all desperate for a little quiet. We’re out of energy, out of time, and out of relationships. Brandon and Adrienne were both there. They were both busy with work and raising their daughter Vivienne. Good jobs. Amazing family. Brandon had grown up in the church....

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Disillusioned Central Asians Ask Persistently and Find Answers in the Gospel

Amir and Musa are two of only a handful of believers in their city in Central Asia. They and two other local believers sat down to dinner with our team from the Summit, and as we started eating, I was overcome with the realization that this was a unique and precious opportunity. Craig, the Summit-sent missionary and team leader there, gave us permission to ask whatever we wanted. I immediately jumped in. “What’s your story? How did you come to know Jesus?” Amir is pretty shy and quiet, but he began to tell us his story in the local language....

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Seeds Sown at Holiday Meal Grow to Gospel Fruit for International Student

I first met Chenfei at one of our Saturday Supper events during his first semester at Duke. Every month he would come early to our dinner to help set up. He was so faithful in this task and even walked there from his apartment. Several of our volunteers befriended him, but he showed little spiritual interest at that time. At Christmastime, one of our Summit families was connected to Chenfei through our Holiday Hospitality outreach. They invited Chenfei to Christmas at DPAC and to a meal in their home. That couple, Andrew and Stacy Kleinberg, happened to be in my...

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YODM: Summit Member Helps Her ‘One’ Find a Fresh Start

Sometimes looking for forgiveness brings personal healing and an unexpected encounter with grace. That’s what happened with Carmen. There were years of past pain that had been bottled up. There were scars from a broken relationship with her father. And as she sat routinely listening to Pandora one day last fall, Carmen could never have dreamed that God was about to rush in and give her a new joy. The Pandora ad mentioned a company called Hope International, which caught Carmen’s attention. After some online research, she found herself attending a benefit breakfast to learn more about their work. That’s where she met...

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Year of Disciple-making: One Spiritual Conversation Led to Another

Caroline and I have been working together for about a year now and have built a strong friendship. Last winter, I felt convicted that I hadn’t shared the gospel with her, even though we had trust and a good friendship, so I prayed and asked for an opportunity to share with her. The day after Easter she asked how my holiday was, and I used it as an opportunity to talk about church, the resurrection, and Jesus. She grew up going to church, so I asked her when she became a Christian and started walking with God, even though I knew...

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'Jesus in My Place': When I Saw That, Something Clicked

When she graduated East Carolina a few years ago, Jocelyn McBride wasn’t looking for God. She was looking for stability, purpose, and opportunity. “I vividly remember the keynote speaker’s speech at graduation,” Jocelyn said. “He told us that the whole world was in front of us, and I believed him. But a year or two into the ‘real world,’ something seemed off. This wasn’t the life I was expecting. I wanted something more, something bigger. But I didn’t know what.” So when Jocelyn’s friend invited her to come to the Summit in February, she agreed. She had never really done the church...

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Remember the Faithfulness of the Lord

The first time I sang the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson I was struck by the words in the second verse that say “Here I Raise My Ebenezer”. I whispered to my wife, Helen, “What is an Ebenezer and why are we raising it in church?” Maybe you also have wondered what an Ebenezer is. In 1 Samuel 7 the Philistines decided to attack the Israelites right after they had repented and were returning to the Lord. The Israelites gathered together at Mizpah and Samuel was offering a sacrifice at the time the Philistines came to...

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Easter at The Summit Church

For those of you who call the Summit home and were able to attend service Easter weekend, you probably already heard some of the amazing stories coming out of worship. Summit, you prayed boldly, you invited broadly, and as a result, thousands of people heard the gospel. Let’s never lose that evangelistic edge. Big events wear off; life change doesn’t. And life change only happens on the person-to-person level. As we often say, “Discipleship happens in relationships.” As we reflect on the numbers from the last few weeks, think that every number represents an individual with a story. Our numbers aren’t...

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