Blog

Our blog is a place where students and missionary members alike post frequently about all of the things that are happening here on campus and throughout the world. We post outreach updates, testimonies, devotionals, and encouragements that cover a multitude of themes and subjects. Our desire is that these posts will give you a better idea of what we are doing here at YWAM Montana | Lakeside and that this blog will be an encouragement for you in your walk with Christ.

How You Can Find the Community You’re Looking For

I believe God created humanity to function as a unit. The Bible refers to the church as a body with many parts. Humans were built with the insatiable need for community and healthy social relationships. Science supports this idea. Chronic, long-term loneliness increases your likelihood for early mortality by as much as 26% (Holt-Lunstad, 2015). […]

Posted: April 18, 2018 By: Melanie Morel
Start Acting Like a Grandma

I’m a youth ministry person through and through. I have absolutely loved getting to walk with several youth as they have wrestled through what it means to follow Jesus and know who He has made them to be. Recently though, I have found myself drawn to a very different crowd — senior citizens. For the […]

Posted: April 4, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Finding Two Norths

2011 was the year that YWAM changed everything. 2017 was the year I learned why. I had a nagging voice in my mind telling me that there was more to living as a Christian than simply being one. I once was a very condensed person who had a very condensed view of God. I had […]

Posted: March 21, 2018 By: Dean Hinnant
Can I be Complete Without Marriage?

I’ve heard it suggested that marriage is the only place you can attain full intimacy with God. It seems that because Christian covenant marriage is the concession for full, and hopefully safe, expression of one’s sexuality, it is synonymously the epitome of intimacy. However, I do not believe this is true. Let me try to […]

Posted: March 14, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Be Counter-cultural

“…this Western Culture that we are a part of, no longer believes that there is any such thing as an absolute truth.” You and I live in a world which stresses the idea that “truth” is a relative term. The vast majority of people we interact with on a daily basis believe, with ever growing […]

Posted: March 7, 2018 By: Jason Sheneman
Do you Filter who God is?

It feels like now, perhaps more than any other time in history, we are a culture devoted to self. In the age of limitless information, how we relate to a God we can’t limit, matters. “…in the onslaught of information that comes at us every day we need to be able to filter it somehow…” […]

Posted: February 28, 2018 By: Melanie Morel
Crying In Airport Bathrooms

There’s a first time for everything, they say. On a trip last summer I experienced a first. I do a lot of traveling being a missionary — checking into flights, dealing with ticket agents, going through security screenings, answering customs questions, etc. It is all very normal and causes very little anxiety nowadays. However, I […]

Posted: February 21, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Overcoming Shame

Shame. The word itself causes a physical reaction. The cringing feeling of discomfort. The instant pain of embarrassment.  The, “Oh no! Don’t get too close!”, feeling. It is a silent enemy because there is no clear ability to tell who is struggling with shame from the outside. It is the internal battle between who we […]

Posted: February 14, 2018 By: Leesha Stoner
Embracing Silence

“In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.”  — C. S. Lewis If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time with God as much as I think I should. If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time […]

Christians Struggle with Depression Too

I have wrestled with depression for nearly twenty years. It has been a part of my life since I was a boy, and, as far as I can tell, it shall be with me in the years to come. I have passed through many different seasons and trials; suffering through panic attacks, which then progressed […]

Posted: January 31, 2018 By: Jason Sheneman