Howdy! My name is Ashley Scarbrough and I am a sophomore at Texas A&M University. I lead an I Am Second small group, and I am also the Texas A&M I Am Second Small Groups Coordinator.
You know, its crazy. Writing this and thinking back about how God even brought me here. I never knew what I Am Second groups were. Yea, I saw the website, watched the videos, but I never knew there was something more! I am sure God got a kick out of it, because I never would have guessed He would bring me to I Am Second, or bring me to small groups.
Groups…goodness, when I learned about how to lead an I Am Second group, I had no idea I would even be getting involved, let alone become the Small Group Coordinator on my campus! He knows me so well: I love surprises. And God is obviously FULL of surprises! You never know what to expect from Him.
I came to love I Am Second groups quickly, because as soon as I learned the heart behind the groups, I realized God was simply answering my prayers. Being in college, I have come to realize I have many friends that just need Jesus! They need Jesus, not just a religion, not just a church building, but they need the real Jesus living in them. They need to encounter Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and not just sit in a pew, as their mind wander. They need intimacy, which they are so obviously longing for. I was always find myself asking God, “How do I reach them?” And He showed me a way–I Am Second groups.
I Am Second small groups is a simple tool to gather my friends together just to discuss life and God. We get into the Word. I do not have to preach, but I get to listen. We engage and discuss the Bible. It is a comfortable environment, where my friends who have not given Jesus Christ the key to their heart can open up and discuss the Bible too. He provided a way! He answered my prayers and He has given me a way to reach out to those who just won’t do church. Not only that but my I Am Second group doesn’t grow, it multiplies! I have girls I first had in my I Am Second group, now leading their own and reaching out to their own friends who just need Jesus!