Volker has in his heart to reach men and women who have not had an encounter with Jesus as their personal Saviour. This is often misunderstood, as it does not mean to go to the front of a church to cite a sinners prayer. Discipling means to change from within by relating to and responding to the love of Jesus and then to reach out to those who are in need - out of that the worldview will change. The condition of a nation is the direct result of their worldview. He believes that if we transform the worldview of men and women in our communities and nations to a God-inspired relation and biblical instruction, that we would be building God’s Kingdom. A Godly worldview can be defined as: "The collection of beliefs about God, man and the universe held by an individual or a group."
Volker was born on the 26 April 1967 in Windhoek, South West Africa (Namibia) as the third child. When his sister...... and brother went to boarding school he was the big one at home and his love for music started. He often sat on the..... floor with his legs crossed and sang with a loud voice to long play and single records. His favorite songs to listen to..... were ones by an "Afrikaans" lady, a Portuguese woman and a Mexican LP record. He could sing these songs for..... hours and hours.
At the age of six, Volker started to play the flute for 3 months, but stopped because he wanted to play football rather than practice the theory of music, which in hind-sight he really regrets. During his third year at school, his parents moved to a small German community in South Africa and after 4 years, the opportunity arose to take part in the local brass band of the church. He struggled with the theory and stopped after a while. He was the only one left to conduct the Sunday school at his local church since there were only three children in his class. He had to prepare for the lessons and study Scripture. This is when his spiritual life started and he became spiritually aware. The last year at primary school, he had to take over the small youth group and developed some skill as leader. When he entered high school, he joined the Cadet Orchestra and played the burgle for the first year and the trumpet for the next 3 years. The coach was very good and the cadet orchestra achieved enormous results in countrywide competitions, each year better than the previous. Together with his friend, they also played the trumpet (wedding march) at various weddings. During the last year at high school, he was selected as the Youth Leader for the local church. His parents were strict with all their children, but gave them a lot of freedom to explore. At the age of 14, he made a bicycle tour of over 1000 km all by himself. He learned not to be scared of anything, although relationship-wise, he continued to struggle.... Volker, rather shy, never had a girlfriend during his entire school career.
When Volker finished school, he enrolled for a diploma in electrical engineering in Pretoria - He decided to study electronics because the small components would not talk back. He was shy and scared to talk to people. He was only able to study for 6 months because of financial restrictions. During this time, he was exposed to all kinds of churches and culture groups. He attended a church camp and heard the term "born again" for the very first time . There was something special about the pastor who organized the camp. He did not understand what is was, but being new to this church group, he did not ask. As his parents had five children, it was difficult for them to keep up with the study costs. He decided to do the 2 year compulsory service at the S.A. Defense Force first, and then continue with studies afterwards. He was pulled in as an infantry soldier, but did not like the idea to have a machine gun at his side, so he inquired after other units where the use of an automatic weapon would not be required. It was like a miracle when the Sergeant Major asked whether there was someone in the squad who could play the trumpet. Volker consequently served in the State President's Unit and played trumpet for the State President on a daily basis for the remainder of the time at the Defense Force. During this time, he borrowed a guitar from a friend and taught himself to play. Often he went AWOL to Bible studies and for the first time in his life, he understood the reality of the cross of Jesus. It did not happen overnight, (although he slipped out many nights). Over a period of three months, the grace of God and His goodness was revealed to him. One evening at Bible study, someone asked him when it was that he turned to Christ. He knew that it happened during those three months, but honestly could not say exactly when. So, this is really where his journey with Jesus started.
After service at the Defense Force, he started to work for six months in order to fund his studies for the next six months. He continued to alternate six months of work and study, until eventually he finished his technical diploma. During that time, he engaged in childrens’ ministry at the local church in Cape Town and enjoyed changing lives and ministering to people. He also led numerous children camps and spearheaded the need for new camping grounds. During this time he developed the yearning to write songs about his experiences in his spiritual journey with Jesus. He often went to minister, sing and pray at the hospitals with a group of friends and sometimes preached on the trains of the Cape Flats. He visited many different churches to grow spiritually and find out what truth was all about. He realized that truth will only be found in Jesus, using the Bible as guideline.
In 1995 he had the opportunity to work for an international company in Pretoria, but after a year he decided to quit and move back to Cape Town to start his own business. During this time, he filed three patents and hoped to change his financial situation. Funds were scares and he did not have the right contacts or the know-how to proceed with his dream. He looked for employment at a "one man business" doing water controls. He worked overtime, sometimes up to 23:00 at night without any overtime payment. His health deteriorated and he was not able to think straight anymore - he was not able to handle the stress. One morning, on his way to work, he passed a mental institution, he turned around and booked himself in. This was the only way at the time he knew how to get out of a situation he was not able to handle. Needless to say, he did not spend the night at the mental institution, but it started the process for recovery. This was one of the turning points in his life, when he decided, never again to allow work and abnormal stressful working hours to take such a toll. He found employment with another company and recovered to good health. Also, during this time he was introduced to a Network Marketing company with excellent health products - he recovered to full strength and learned many peoples’ skills and business ethics. He will forever be thankful towards GNLD International www.gnld.co.za and its network who made such a huge difference in his life. In 1997 he moved back to Gauteng as branch and technical support manager. During the nineties, he must have written about 15 songs on and for various occasions.
He married in 1999 and has two beautiful daughters. Since 2000 he has not written any new songs until about 2005, after which time his wife and two children left him for Germany. He divorced only two and a half years later. Emotionally he was torn apart and concentrated on work and business. Business was good and he was able to do quite some investments. In 2006 he was introduced to a house church, which became his support during the time of his divorce. "Houses that change the world" by Wolfgang Simson http://www.therealchurch.com/articles/houses_that_changed_the_world.html, left a deep impression on him and challenged a lot of his ideas of what church should look like. http://www.cmaresources.org/organicchurch The second wave of trouble came when the economy faltered and he lost all of the investments he made. He had to deal with this and realized that it was for his own good, that God allowed it to happened - he says that there are truly some things we can only learn and understand by going through situations we cannot handle ourselves.
Since then, his passion to compose songs was re-inspired and has grown into the writing and composition of both lyrics and melody. He usually played to himself and sometimes at small home cell groups, but could never have dreamt of producing his own CD. His friends started nagging him to do something, since his songs touched them as well. He considered the amount of songs he had written, and realized that with a bit of help from others, he could start working on his own CD.
In 2009 he approached a producer for the first time. It was not a good match and after the initial disappointment, it seemed as though he would not be able to produce the CD. In 2010 he picked up the pieces and got hold of another producer. "Servants of the Most High" is his first release (2012) followed by "Butterfly" and a compilation of the first two CD's, to form a third CD and musical "Psalms of a King" inspired by King David. Volker's ability to write simple songs with a message and a catchy melody is truly remarkable - they are easy to sing and to remember. Click here to listen to his promotional songs.
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