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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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The Boiler Room: Come, Ask, and See What God Does

We left our house at 8:15 a.m., and I forgot my coffee. Want to know what it’s like to get five kids out the door on a Sunday morning at 8:15 when it’s 6 degrees outside? And, you’re Southerners? It means you forget your coffee and let me just tell you: It ain’t "Easy Like Sunday Morning," as Lionel Richie might have you believe. We parked, walked our parka-clad children to their classes, waved to the under-appreciated parking attendants in snow masks, and headed toward the Boiler Room. The Boiler Room, you ask? The first time I heard those three words, I imagined two...

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Why we’re prayer walking for ServeRDU

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Prayer is the primary critical success factor for the advancement of God’s Kingdom in this world; therefore everything we do is contingent upon prayer! And that’s why we are kicking off the week of ServeRDU by coming together to pray and then literally taking our prayers to our city as we pray on location throughout the week. We are hoping that our organized prayer efforts...

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Your Prayers for South Asia Are Making a Difference

Summit Worker Witnesses Healing and Conversion After Prayer “Know that your prayers have a great impact on numerous people,” shares a Summit worker living in South Asia. For several months she has been spreading the word of an urgent prayer request on behalf of her house helper. This woman, a local believer, has been a beacon of light in her dark community and has been boldly declaring her faith despite much community scorn and ridicule. When this woman’s infant granddaughter became very ill and was diagnosed with a serious heart defect, “A” recognized the situation as another opportunity to seek the...

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Responding to The Whole Story

As we read together through the whole story of scripture, one way we can respond to what God is teaching us is to let that truth drive our prayer. During the month of May, we want to give you multiple opportunities to cultivate your prayer life. We’ve chosen a verse for each day of the month that will help you pray out of what we have covered so far in our reading plan. A more detailed prayer guide and other prayer resources are available at Prayer is a primary way that we experience and express intimacy with God, and nothing...

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Pray The Story

Prayer is the driving force behind all of the ministries here at the Summit. We want to encourage you and help you to learn how to boldly approach the throne of the Most High and beg on behalf of yourself, your families, and the unreached. Read below to hear how our pastor of Prayer and Worship prays his way through Scripture. PRAY THE STORY: A Practical Guide to Praying Scripture< by Chris Gaynor >When we trust in Christ through faith we enter into an intimate relationship with a personal God who has chosen to reveal himself through creation, Jesus, and the Bible....

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