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Victoria Becker's fundraiser for Ethiopia

One-time donations:
Amount Raised: $3,775
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This summer, I have the amazing opportunity to partner with my church, Watermark Community Church, and E3 Partners in traveling to Ethiopia on a 10-day small group evangelism trip.

On this trip we will travel to the unreached town of Hosaena, Ethiopia, where we will encourage the locals we meet share the Gospel with them! We will do this in collaboration with E3 Partners, who are working to ensure that every community throughout Ethiopia has access to a local Christian church. After we leave Ethiopia, our local partners will continue the work of discipling new Christians, raising up local pastors, and ultimately planting a church in the village.

I've never been on an international mission trip before, and this opportunity is far outside of my comfort zone. But my God-given desire to “go and make disciples” is stronger than my fear. I want to share the Gospel with everyone I can while I am healthy, able, and available.

I cannot imagine my life without the hope I’ve found in Jesus, and I want to make that same hope a reality for the Ethiopians who haven’t yet heard the best news of all time.

I need to raise $3,775. These funds will go toward transportation, food, lodging, translators, and supplies. Any funds raised above the trip cost will be directed toward E3’s training of local disciple makers.

Thank you for prayerfully consider supporting me and my team. If you have any questions, please reach out. I’d love to share more about what we’ll be doing in Ethiopia and why we’ll be doing it. I am excited and expectant to see God move!

  • Four Days Out | Light Will Somehow Win

    Posted a week ago

    Hi everyone! As much as I would love to write something much longer, my bedtime requires me to keep this one short and sweet. To sum things up: spiritual warfare is real, but God is greater. 

    I think this life is much more spiritual than most of us believe—and it's okay if you disagree with me on that. But we can can all look around at the world and notice good and evil. 

    The Bible tells us that God is good and there is an enemy who is not. Both are trying to advance an agenda. Without darkness, there can be no light.

    Over the past few weeks, the words in Ephesians chapter 6 have become more and more tangible to me.

    "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:11-13 

    As I've prepared for this trip (which I see as an opportunity to advance goodness), I've encountered many obstacles. I can't know for sure and I won't pretend to, but it feels to me like these obstacles are from the enemy. I am increasingly aware that life is a spiritual battle. 

    I know that I can't do this on my own. I need God's help. 

    When I try to solve problems and fix situations out of my own strength, I am left frustrated and defeated. But when I "put on the armor of God" like Ephesians 6 goes on to talk about, I know I am not fighting my battles alone. With God's help, I can stand firm even in the midst of raging emotions and unwanted circumstances. 

    God offers peace that surpasses understanding.
    Unconditional love.
    Guidance and truth.
    Confidence. Hope. Joy.
    To all people. In all situations.

    I am so thankful that I can call out to God. I'm thankful that I don't have to go through hardships alone. I'm thankful God accepts me as I am, not because of my good works or "religious" actions, but because he loves me. I can't wait to share this same truth with Ethiopians I'll meet in just a few days. 

    The past few weeks have been challenging for a multitude of reasons, trip-related and not. But God's goodness prevails. I am confident that the Light will somehow win.

    Join me in praying for the difficulties (spiritual warfare) experienced by myself, the rest of my team, and people who are advancing the good news of Jesus around the world. Darkness and pain are real; but so is God. He is bigger and greater and stronger than anything!

    Posted by:
    Victoria Becker

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  • One Month Out | God is Bigger

    Posted a week ago

    My process of preparing for Ethiopia began in March. Since then, I’ve learned so much about God . . . and there is still so much to learn.

    One key theme that I keep returning to is the idea that God is bigger. He's bigger than my doubts, bigger than my fears, bigger than my plans. As I prepare to do something I've never done before, I'm having to trust that God is as big and as powerful as the Bible tells me. 

    When talking about God, an elementary word like “big” feels too small. He is all-present, all-knowing, all-capable, all-powerful, magnificent. 

    And yet, my fear is still real. I'll be learning to trust God all of my life. This is the tension I hold as a Christian.

    Over the past few months of preparing for the trip and pondering God's bigness, here’s what I’ve learned:

    • God is a personal God, and yet he is not just personal to me. He is personal to everyone. All eight billion of us. (Luke 12:6-7)
    • God is a sovereign God, and he is not just sovereign over what happens in my life. He is sovereign over the lives of people I’ll never meet. (Isaiah 55:8-11)
    • God is a powerful God, but his power isn't confined to the ways I've noticed him work before. He is holding all things together. (Colossians 1:16-17)

    The town of Hosaena, Ethiopia is 8,335 miles away from Allen, Texas, where I'm moving this weekend. To be honest, that number makes me anxious. But the Bible tells me God is personal, sovereign, and powerful. He is bigger than the distance. He is in control of every unknown. 

    It makes me think of a song I sung as a kid in church. "He’s got the whole world in his hands."

    I don’t know what situations in your life are causing you fear or stress. But whether it seems big or small to you, it matters to God. He is big enough to care for all of your needs. 

    If you’re reading this, I’m praying you experience God’s bigness in a new way today. If you feel led, please join me in praying for the faith to believe God is big enough to cover me and my in Ethiopia, no matter what we face. 

    He’s got the whole world in his hands.

    Posted by:
    Victoria Becker

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  • Two Months Out | Matthew 6:25-34

    Posted a week ago

    "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:31-34

    Matthew 6:25-34 has been one of my favorite scriptures since my sophomore year of college. But as I look ahead toward the uncertainties associated with an international mission trip, I am learning to trust God's provision in new ways.

    I've heard it said that our anxieties reveal the things we haven't fully entrusted to God. Ouch. Truth hurts. 

    So if I can be honest, there are quite a few things I'm not currently entrusting to God. As I approach the mission trip, I'm worried what will happen if God doesn't meet my needs—financially, physically, or emotionally. 

    But my fear is not the end of the story. I have hope in Jesus' promises to take care of me. 

    When I look back over my life, I see that God is a need-meeter. The past year is a great example. Last May, I moved to Dallas expecting the worst. I thought I'd work a job I didn't like, in a city I didn't want to be in, with few friends and minimal joy. 

    Today, I am living a life far beyond what I imagined one year ago. I love my job at RightNow Media, and the people I work with encourage me both personally and professionally. My heart has softened to genuinely love the city and people of Dallas. I am plugged into a church that has grown my faith more than any other. I've made new friendships and deepened existing ones. Life still has plenty of struggles, but I realize I'm living out a lot of answered prayers.

    Most of all, I know that the life I'm living today is not by my own doing. It took me losing everything I wanted for a post-grad experience to realize I wasn't the one in control. 

    One year later, I'm learning the same lesson. There's nothing I can do to manipulate the outcome of our trip. Even more, there's nothing I can do to manipulate the outcome of my next hour or day or year. The control I'll have over my life is the exact same in Ethiopia as it is today in Dallas. I am not in charge. 

    So in the midst of my worries and fears about Ethiopia, I'm choosing to surrender. I'm trying to fully entrust the trip to God, and I'm excited to see how he shows up.

    I know God is trustworthy not only because of what he's done in my life; but more importantly, because he sent his son to die on a cross for the sins of humanity. John 3:16 puts it so plainly: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

    When we trust God with our eternities, we can trust him with the next hour or month or year. I can trust him with Ethiopia, too. You can trust God with the source of your worries. 

    Thank you for taking the time to read what I've been learning lately. Writing this gave me some much-needed time to reflect. My anxiety is still present, but it's not as powerful. My hope in Jesus outweighs my fear. For this reason I can have genuine peace and joy! 

    "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment." 2 Timothy 1:7

    Posted by:
    Victoria Becker

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