Hello! My name is Victoria Volkman. Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. This website was designed to keep friends and family connected with the ministry I am connected with here at YWAM Montana.
What is YWAM?
YWAM is a missions organization with a heart for evangelism, mercy ministry, and equipping people to go into all nations for the great commission. The organization is made up of people from 149 different nations who are trained and sent to know God and make him known. For much more information on YWAM, please visit this website:
I grew up in the small town of Ponca, Nebraska. Through some ladies in my church, I became involved in a high school event called TEC (Teens Encounter Christ). It was designed to help bring teens to a relationship with Christ. At this time is when my relationship with God really took off.
After High School, I attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE. There I majored in Youth and Family Ministry and minored in Journalism. My walk with God was strengthened throughout those years, mostly because of the friends I was blessed with. I also attended a Christian leadership conference with Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO which really challenged me to understand my Christian worldview on a larger scale. (http://www.summit.org/)
During the last two years of college I kept in contact with one of my TEC friends from high school, Aaron. He had gone to YWAM right after high school and was a full-time missionary abroad. There was something in me which had always longed to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) as he had done. So, the fall after graduating from Midland I packed my bags and headed to Kona, HI (2004). It was a very intense school and I learned a lot about God, myself, and what that meant for my life.
One quote from a speaker remains with me daily. “How you live your life for Christ fully depends on who you know Christ to be.” Wow…this means a couple things. One, God is much larger than I had ever comprehended. Two, who I know Him to be directs how I understand His plans for my daily life. And three, I need to seek to know Him! So, I decided I would do a School of Biblical Studies (SBS). However upon returning home and praying about going to this school, I really felt God was calling me to wait a year. Despite my lack of excitement to wait, I obeyed. Instead of the school I worked in Omaha for a year and a half. Finally, in 2006, I applied to the Montana SBS in Lakeside and was accepted.
School of Biblical Studies (SBS)??
The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a nine-month course in which students study all 66 books of the Bible. An inductive approach is taught, in which students observe what the text says and then interpret the text in light of the original audience and author… the goal is to better understand the Word and then let it shape their beliefs and lives. Students are given hands-on instruction in the principles of observation, interpretation, and application.
(Taken from http://www.ywammontana.org/sbsindex.html)
During my SBS, God began to give me a vision for teaching. As a class, we were required to teach three times throughout the school. I was also able to teach at the church I attended. I applied to be on SBS staff and was accepted for the next two years (I am now in my third year staffing). While I still have a lot to learn, I am very excited to allow God to lead and shape this vision in this next year. The students for our SBS classes come to learn how to study the bible and then many head back out to start the school in their own nations. I am very eager to play a small role in having the bible taken to all these nations.
For more information on YWAM Montana, please visit http://www.ywammontana.org/. Also, if you have any questions or comments for me, please comment or email me.
Address: 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT 59922