Stories

22Jan

Multiply Giving: ‘I Knew I Had to Be Obedient, But It Was Scary’

Two years ago, when the Multiply commitments were first made, I really struggled with handing in a commitment card. I struggled because the number I wanted to write down for my commitment (which was feasible, in my estimation) was not the number I knew God was impressing on my heart to write down. It wasn't that I was opposed to giving; I had already been giving for a long time. But I had become “comfortable” in my giving, and it was no longer making an impact on me or my family's lifestyle anymore. I felt God challenging me to write down a...

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12Jan

‘We Are Going to Struggle, but in the End, the Gospel Wins’

After going through a divorce, Mark Brown entered a “Men’s Fitness” magazine transformation story contest and won. But the real prize was a newfound ministry and opportunities to share the gospel with men who wanted to know not just about how to get fit but how to have hope.

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05Jan

God Answers Prayer for an Opportunity to Give

I'm a member at Chapel Hill's campus and was inspired by the sermon from Galatians 6 on giving. I prayed for an opportunity to give that day, and I met a family at Walgreen's (well, they were waiting for prescriptions, and I was nearby). Their daughter had some kind of eye condition—really swollen, almost blind—and the family looked pretty poor. It seemed like she had several medical issues. I felt God stirring in my heart, so I got a Walgreens gift card and slipped it to the little girl when her dad was in the aisle and told her to give...

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15Dec

Summit Team’s Response to 221 Baptisms in Uganda: Worship

As we set off from RDU airport in early October, I knew this trip, my fourth trip to work with the incredible South Sudanese people, would be a little different. I was making this trip with three of my closest friends and brothers in Christ from my small group who had heard me talk about South Sudan and the people in Eastern Africa for three years, each of whom has their own story of how God led them to be used for his good work. For two of them, it was their first trip ever out of the U.S., and...

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01Dec

Summit Friends and Members Help Renew Homeless Woman’s Faith

Everyone needs someone to believe in them, especially when life has knocked them down. For some who are experiencing crisis, the timely encouragement and support of others can lead to renewed faith in God and humanity. Allison,* a Summit member, first became acquainted with Tori in 2014 when she hired Tori, an interior designer, to help decorate her home. They quickly found that they enjoyed each other’s company and soon became close friends. Then Tori’s life suddenly spiraled out of control, as she experienced a messy divorce, a downturn in business, and even the loss of her home. Finding herself homeless,...

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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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17Nov

God Made a Way to Meet Multiply Goal

I started going to the Summit a little over two years ago and really got involved right about when Multiply was starting. I was fresh out of college, just started my career, and was a little nervous about pledging money, but I prayed and knew God would provide a means to meet the goal he put on my heart. I got pretty discouraged in meeting my pledge last summer. I had just paid off my college debt and was completely debt free when I got in an accident and my car was totaled. Since I live far from home, I wanted...

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10Nov

Full-circle Discipleship: Step Up, Invest, and Trust God to Work

For Hubert Davis, the road to knowing Jesus Christ as Savior would start by learning from his mother, who faithfully spoke gospel truth into his life from an early age. The road became much harder, however, when his mother passed away from cancer just before Hubert’s junior year of high school. “I hated Jesus for taking my mom away, and that hatred affected all areas of my life,” Hubert said. “She was a Christian, always talked about Jesus and made us go to church, so I couldn’t understand why he would take her.” The hatred consumed Hubert for several years until his...

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03Nov

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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27Oct

Prison Ministry: Lay Down Your Fears

For years, I had been praying for God to lead me to a group of marginalized people that I could feel a real burden and love for. When my husband became the prison campus pastor at the Summit, I was sure that this was not the people that I had been praying for. I had never been inside a prison and was quite confident that I never wanted to be. In fact, I was terrified at the thought. Getting my blue card was the first step in showing my support of what he was doing. At the campus launch of NCCIW,...

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