Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Elizabeth Hirscher

Elizabeth graduated from Virginia Tech’s Chi Alpha group in 2021 and was involved as a small group member and leader, and served on an expeditions trip. She currently lives in Manassas, Virginia, where she is involved in a dietetic internship program, providing nutrition intervention to those admitted into a hospital, in hopes of soon becoming a registered dietitian. Elizabeth continues to live on mission in the marketplace through prayer, her local church family, and God’s vision for reaching the nations.

How did Chi Alpha impact your life?

During my time in Chi Alpha, I was continually pointed towards Jesus. I saw God’s heart for relationship and pursuit by the way I was discipled year after year. I learned the importance of building my relationship with Christ through spending personal time with Him. I learned how to study the Bible, pray with faith, and discern the voice of God! My character was refined day after day. My heart was gripped for the nations and seeing all people come to know Him. These are just some of the ways I have been deeply impacted by Chi Alpha!

How are you continuing to live on mission and be involved in discipleship?

I’ve become involved with Mountaintop Church here in Manassas. I’ve been able to serve in our Dinner Experience ministry (feeding the local community physically and spiritually) and children’s ministry, while also being a part of a small group. Every day before going into work I pray and ask for the Spirit to fill me and guide me through all of my interactions. I trust that He is answering my prayers and opening doors that I may not even see yet.  Living on mission may look different on a campus than in the workforce (and I’m still learning about the differences), but the message of the gospel remains the same and obedience is still required.

How have you found the ability to give in the marketplace impacts your walk with God/community? 

Generosity was something God started teaching me about in college. With minimal income, it was hard to give. Now, in a season where I have no income, while in my unpaid internship giving is still hard. But in moments of doubt, I cling to what I’ve learned about the importance of generosity. I still have daily conversations with God about needing help to trust Him with my finances. One day God challenged me with a question, “Will you live empty so that others can live full?” I continually need to be reminded that nothing I have is my own.

What advice/encouragement would you give other alumni who are trying to live on mission in the marketplace?

I would encourage other alumni to commit to a church family who will challenge you and pray with you when the mission gets tough. The marketplace is full of people that desperately need Jesus (just like us). When we live radically in the name of Jesus, others will notice and be drawn to the heart of Jesus. A recent quote from my pastor, Rob Segears, has stuck with me, “It’s not just about knowing Him, but it’s about making Him known.” May we never lose the fervor to proclaim His name to every tribe, tongue, and nation!

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