The Gear

Krystal and her friends started their first small group two years ago. Today Krystal is in college, while the small groups continue to meet each week.

Krystal and her friends started their first small group two years ago. Today Krystal is in college, while the small groups continue to meet each week.

Krystal texted her friends, “I don’t know what we’re getting into but come to my house and check this out.” After watching the “How to Start a Group” videos, Krystal jumped in.

And it all got started with just a white and black I am Second wristband.  After receiving the bracelet from her youth pastor, she checked out the website, watched the small group videos, texted a few friends and started her I am Second Group.

A group of five high school students turned into  twenty-five students or more packing out Krystal’s house within just a few months. After reaching out to her band friends, the word spread to the Drill Team, and reached all the other groups in the high school. Before she knew it, everyone was asking what I am Second was. Each Tuesday night, people from all groups of the school began hanging out together, playing some Game Central, eating snacks, and discussing the I am Second films.

Outside of the weekly small groups at Krystal's house, the students build deeper friendships but hanging out throughout the week.

Outside of the weekly small groups at Krystal’s house, the students build deeper friendships by hanging out throughout the week.

This buzz in the hallways, attracted even the younger kids, who began begging their parents to drop them off each week. Now when the phones go off at school it’s because they are texting each other about the group. Throughout the week, the students make a point to help one another apply what they discussed and share what they learned with other friends. When Spring semester hits, the students train new group leaders for the next year. Today, the group continues to multiply into one group after another.

Interested in getting involved in student-led I am Second groups? Check out I am Second Students.

This past year the group had over 45 students pack out a house for the annual Christmas party.

This past year the group had over 45 students pack out a house for the annual Christmas party.

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Dylan Stopher was given his first I am Second wristband while volunteering at a Newsboys concert. Whether it is at his job as a Funeral Director, with his youth group, or back in South Africa, Dylan uses every opportunity he gets to ignite a fire with the message of Second. While Dylan has numerous opportunities to share with individuals in the states, his most inspiring moment involves sharing Second on his first trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

When he arrived, Dylan and his team were invited to attend a BBQ, but declined the invite to host a youth gathering instead.  Dylan, a lover of rap music, asked the group if they had heard of the Hip Hop artist, Lecrae.  He was astonished to find none of the teenagers knew him.  At that moment, he played Lecrae’s I Am Second film.  He quickly noticed the youth were captivated as this young artist who looked like them and talked about the radical freedom he found outside the world of drugs, theft, alcohol and gang activity. Tears and conversations gradually filled the room. By the end of the gathering the youth flooded the product table wanting an I Am Second wristband and other tools. Before you knew it, the team ran out of all the product!

Later that night, a man found Dylan because he sincerely wanted a wristband. They began to talk.  He opened up about his previous crack addiction and how Lecrae’s film encouraged him to find his identity and hope elsewhere. The night came to a close when Dylan gave this man his I am second volunteer t-shirt.

One year later, he returned to Johannesburg.  Dylan was greeted by this same young man.  Still free from crack and still rocking his I am Second volunteer shirt.unnamed

 

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Until the Summer of 2012, I was not a runner, in fact until my church announced the FIT FOR LIFE 5K – I had never participated in a running race. With some simple social steps and a small group of I Am Second volunteers we created a Facebook group where we would team up, wear the Finish Second shirt, and be united as a team to run.

Now, two years later the I Am Second Runners Group exist to support and to encourage any runner to run, but to always FINISH SECOND- we share stories on how the gear sparks lively conversations and we join forces to create teams on any race at anytime.

With every race I do, I wear my FINISH SECOND shirt and it is amazing how it allows for people to engage in conversations – some identify with the message of I am Second and they shout –” awesome shirt” others say  “I love your shirt”. But, the ones I really enjoy are those people that come to me and ask me , “What does I am Second mean?”

I can recall last year when at the TooColdToHold Race this girl approached me and asked, “Why do you wear that shirt? What do you mean Finish Second?” I was able to be open and share my heart with her to let her know that I don’t have it all together. It is my faith in God that enables me to finish any race. I have realized that everything makes sense when I put God first in my life.

The I am Second Runners Group shares this common bond -To live SECOND: to know that we run this race because we were born to do so. We say, “find some running partners, forget what lies behind, strain forward to what lies ahead, and press on toward the goal.” Now, after 20 plus races, I run social runs, run training runs, and lead running groups. I fill my calendar with half marathons and trail runs that go beyond the proverbial 26.2 but at every race, I wear the same shirt, to start a conversation, to FINISH SECOND.

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To get the gear and start a conversation please visit the I am Second Store and share your stories with us!

13Dec, 2013

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Everyone needs a pen to write out those checks, pay the bills, and to wrap up work.  Warm up the office with the I am Second pen.

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Let your teen keep track of the car keys with an I am Second Carabiner.  Plus get a reminder to be Second while driving in busy traffic!

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A practical, yet thoughtful gift for mom or dad, spouse or you! Start conversations with new clients and employees whenever a business card is needed.

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Jazz up the season Second-style with a hot n’ fresh Cabbie Hat.  Grandad, uncle, or friend can always use more style, right?

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A perfect quick and easy read with a cup of coffee in the mornings to get you ready for the day ahead.  Get two. Your best friend might like something like this as well.

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Deep conversations over a cup of something warm happen often. This mug can be a door opener to sharing God’s story!

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Have tech savvy friends, kids or parents?  An I am Second iPad sleeve will keep their iPads nice and cozy.

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This month’s promo codes give you a discount on everyone’s favorite T-shirt.  Great for all shapes and sizes- and all friends and family. Starting conversations is its specialty.

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We heard pink is the new black. Add the finishing touch to that winter wardrobe with the I am Second Wristband, now in hot pink.

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Camo hat inspired by The Robertsons’ Second film – enough said!

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Free T-shirt with $30 purchase. Promo codes: black 6152; pink 6153; black Yo Soy Segundo 6154

Free beanie with $30 purchase. Promo code: 6155

 

 

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When you hear “Israel,” what comes to your mind? Is it deserts, camels, markets full of tents and vendors, or men in military uniforms? Have you ever asked yourself what it would be like to live a life of Second in Israel, or anywhere else in the world today? 

Over the past few years in America, it seems open religious expression has lost its cultural support- no prayers in school, don’t say “Jesus” in public spaces, people going to court for speaking up.  Now more than ever, we’re told it’s imperative that we remain politically correct, regardless of what we may feel in our heart to be right or wrong.

But despite our own country’s resistance, we have a freedom we still take for granted. For years now, Stefan, Eitan, and Yair have been collectively working on creative ways to spread the idea of Second in Israel.  With several organizations and tools in Hebrew and English, they bring a creative and technologically savvy approach to spreading the idea of Second. In fact, it’s their goal to use much of I am Second’s approach when spreading the message of hope, except for one aspect of it: the gear. They can’t put up a billboard, pass out flyers, or even wear the same gear that we so freely wear here in the U.S.

We, as Americans, have the luxury of using our I am Second gear to start conversations and explain what it means to live Second.  However in Israel, to discuss how they live Second faces more resistance, and even giving someone the gear without saying a word is deemed as bribery, particularly when it comes to I am Second and what’s behind it. Stefan remarks, “[we] are seen to be traitors to our own people as those who have ‘converted’ to a different faith altogether and are no longer a part of the Jewish people in any way.”

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Much of this resistance in Israel is due to a history of persecution associated with the church.  Anything that has to do with living Second is seen as something very negative because of the associatuion with the crusades and even the Holocaust events that happened in the name of Jesus by ‘christians’.  Because of this, when the idea of living Second is mentioned in Israel one of the first things that comes to their mind is persecution.

Stefan comments, “If you are [ethnically] Jewish, you can believe in anything. You can be a Buddhist, a satanist, into new age, magic, witchcraft…anything and you are still considered Jewish. But, if you become a follower of [Jesus] you are no longer considered a Jew but a Christian.”

Due to the historical scars, it is nearly impossible to share what it means to live Second in any easy way. Nevertheless, Stefan shares many stories of friends who declare a life of Second because of their boldness despite the resistance in their country. And the group’s ability to harness technology and impart creativity is helping them take the idea of Second to the next level in Israel. You can see that here at oneforisrael.org.

What does this mean for us?  Let us take advantage of our freedom and engage our communities.  Let us take advantage of our freedom to wear our Second gear and share a life of Second.  Let us join our Israeli friends in boldness to declare a life of Second in the midst of resistance. Because despite not being able to use the I am Second wristband to start conversations, the Israeli group still wears the message as a simple reminder to themselves: there is hope!


Take advantage of October’s promotions when you get the gear this month at iamsecondstore.com:

- 10% off Activeware : NO PROMO CODE NEEDED

- 10 FREE wristbands with $30 order : promo code 5910 for IAS wristband; promo code 5911 for YSS wristband

- FREE Black Coffee Mug with $30 order : promo code 5912 for IAS mug;  promo code 5913 for YSS mug  

30Sep, 2013

October Promos

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Available at iamsecondstore.com through October:

-  10% off Activeware : NO PROMO CODE NEEDED.

-  10 FREE wristbands with $30 order : promo code 5910 for IAS; promo code 5911 for YSS

-  FREE Black Coffee Mug with $30 order : promo code 5912 for IAS mug;  promo code 5913 for YSS mug  

 

Activeware is listed under Apparel – includes sweatshirts, sweatpants & more.  Mugs are listed under Promotional Products -> Drinkware

30Aug, 2013

September-Promos

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Visit the iamsecondstore and get geared up for September. College notebooks are on sale for all the Second students out there.

10% off all Signature Collection Items  (Includes everything under “Signature Collection” category) Promo code 5909

Free baseball cap with $40 purchase  (IAS or YSS Black Twill Unstructured Low Profile Hat) Promo code 5906- I Am Second ; Promo code 5905 – Yo Soy Segundo

Free College Spiral Notebook with $40 purchase  Promo code 5907 – “2″ Graphic College Spiral Notebook ; Promo code 5908 – “Hope” Graphic College Spiral Notebook

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30Aug, 2013

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She is I am Second’s newest staff member serving as digital content editor but in a way she’s been part of the team since the beginning.

“I didn’t know anything beyond the billboards,” she said. “My friend, Annie, saw them too and went to the website. When she saw what it was about, she got so excited. Every day she would ask me ‘Did you watch this video? Did you watch this other video?’”

They decided then that they would be more than consumers of some cool films, they were going to join the movement to spread the message. As senior staff members at their school yearbook, they convinced their teacher to let them put an I am Second spread in the yearbook. With an email to I am Second and an interview with the leaders behind the movement, they became one of the first publications to feature the movement.

College came and she got involved with I am Second groups. Texas A&M became the nation’s first school to officially launch I am Second on their campus. (Learn how you can launch groups here: www.iamsecond.com/groups.)

“I invited my friend, Julie, to my I am Second group,” Ashley recalled. “Everyone loved her, accepted her. I think that’s why everyone loved the group. It was a place of acceptance. She didn’t always want to come but always felt drawn back, always came back. She had a tough home life, some bad things happened to her. She found herself dancing at a strip club. We had a lot of hard talks. She wanted the community our group offered but didn’t always know how to accept it. But eventually something clicked and she got what we were all about. Today, she leads a group of her own at her school. Her life is totally turned around and it started right there in our I am Second group.”

“It’s stories Iike hers,” Ashley said, “that makes me believe in this movement, the power of changed lives. It just wouldn’t make sense for me to be anywhere else. I am Second normalizes the deep personal conversations. Gets you talking about the deep things of life without making things weird, gets you talking personal and open so easily. That’s what really sets it up for success.”

From the beginning, when I am Second launched as a local media ministry in Dallas with billboards and commercials, Ashley has been hooked on the movement that changes lives. From T-shirts to wristbands, billboards and films, to the I am Second groups that continue to change lives, Ashley has seen lives changed again and again.

Start your own I am Second movement at work, school, and home with something as simple as the I am Second gear. Get it all here: www.iamsecondstore.com, and don’t forget to use one of September’s promos below.

 

10% off all Signature Collection Items  (Includes everything under “Signature Collection” category) Promo code 5909

Free baseball cap with $40 purchase  (IAS or YSS Black Twill Unstructured Low Profile Hat) Promo code 5906- I Am Second ; Promo code 5905 – Yo Soy Segundo

Free College Spiral Notebook with $40 purchase  Promo code 5907 – “2” Graphic College Spiral Notebook ; Promo code 5908 – “Hope” Graphic College Spiral Notebook

www.iamsecondstore.com

31Jul, 2013

Travel With Second

 

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What if we traveled with a higher purpose? What if whether we go to the beach, the Grand Canyon, or down the street to the store, we left our homes with a sense of mission?

Every day, people from the movement show us their real travel experiences, their journey if you will. They shine a little light on what it means to travel with the right things in their heart, the right ideas in their mind, and a higher purpose. The pictures you see from the movement show that the act of traveling is more than just changing location. It’s about going for a purpose that’s for good, and it may not necessarily mean you’re going very far away. It’s the mission not the destination that makes travel a true journey.

It’s comforting to know we’re journeying together as a movement, and I am Second gear is one of the best reminders of that. Those living Second prove it everyday. We don’t blame you for yearning for sandy beaches or for needing an escape. But let these pictures remind you that wherever you go, you can still go with a mission. Whether you’re going somewhere far away this summer or just taking the journey of life in the same ‘ole hometown you’ve been in for years, think about traveling more with I am Second gear than you ever have before. You never know who else’s journey you could change.

 

Visit the iamsecondstore and get geared up for August.

10% off ipad and laptop gear.  Includes all ipad and laptop gear under “Business accessories”. No promo code necessary!

Free I am Second or Yo Soy Segundo lanyard with $20 purchase. Use promo code 5703 for free IAS lanyard; use promo code 5704 for a free YSS lanyard.

One free wristband with $20 purchase.  Use promo code 5705 for the regular IAS wristband; use promo code 5706 for the regular YSS wristband; use promo code 5707 for a free white IAS wristband.

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31Jul, 2013

August Promos

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Visit the iamsecondstore and get geared up for August.

10% off ipad and laptop gear.  Includes all ipad and laptop gear under “Business accessories”. No promo code necessary!

Free I am Second or Yo Soy Segundo lanyard with $20 purchase. Use promo code 5703 for free IAS lanyard; use promo code 5704 for a free YSS lanyard.

One free wristband with $20 purchase.  Use promo code 5705 for the regular IAS wristband; use promo code 5706 for the regular YSS wristband; use promo code 5707 for a free white IAS wristband.

www.iamsecondstore.com

 

 

30Jun, 2013

July Promos

 

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Visit the iamsecondstore and get geared up for July



10 free wristbands with a $30 purchase: I am Second wristband use code 5614, Yo Soy Segundo wristband use code 5615, White I am Second wristband use code 5616.

Free T-shirt with purchase of $30 or more:  I am Second t-shirt use code 5617, Yo Soy  Segundo t-shirt use code 5618.

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31May, 2013

If you’re inspired by this short I am Second running film, join the new I am Second running group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/iamsecondrunners. Get details on running groups in your city or even post about running events in your area to get more I am Second running teammates. Don’t forget the running gear! Athletic wear is on sale this month at IamSecondstore.com.

June Promos: perfect for runners, recent graduates and dads for Father’s day!
10% off all athletic wear, no promo code needed
Free visor with $30 purchase, promo code 5597 for white visor and 5598 for black visor
Free lanyard with $30 purchase, promo code 5600 for English lanyard and 5599 for Spanish lanyard

 

31May, 2013

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Run over to the iamsecondstore and check out these June Promos

10% off all athletic wear, no promo code needed
Free visor with $30 purchase, promo code 5597 for white visor and 5598 for black visor
Free lanyard with $30 purchase, promo code 5600 for English lanyard and 5599 for Spanish lanyard
30Apr, 2013

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Don’t miss out on the May Promos at iamsecondstore.com

10% off totes/bags (perfect for mom!) no promo code needed 
Free 10 pk of IAS Adult Signature Wristband with a $ 40 purchase  Code 5402
Free 10 pk Bilingual wristbands with $40 purchase  Code 5403
Free Hope Journal with a $ 40 purchase Code 5404
Free IAS journal with $40 purchase Code 5405

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Most come aiming for the top. The NFL player draft commences on April 25th and many of the top prospective draftees have hit their workout routine with gusto at Nashville’s prestigious D1 Sports Training center. But Matt Barkley (watch his story at www.iamsecond.com/mattbarkley) and University of Tennessee wide receiver, Zach Rogers, have a different message. They still hope to make the top draft, but in life they aim for Second. Zach sported his I am Second wristband all year while playing for the Volunteers. And Matt has long proudly represented I am Second and its message. Now they have brought their message to the gym. Will they make the first round draft? the second round? Who knows. But in life Jesus is always First.

 

Don’t miss out on the April Promos at iamsecondstore.com

10% off small group materials, tracts and DVDs  no promo code needed 
Free Black Low profile Hat with a $40 purchase, Promo Code 5354
Free White Low profile Hat with a $ 40 Purchase,  Promo Code 5355
Free Black Military Cap with a $ 40 purchase, Promo Code 5356
Free YoSoySegundo Black Low profile hat with $40 purchase, Promo Code 5357
10 Free white IAS signature wristbands with $40 purchase, Promo Code 5358

 

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