I am Second

12Apr, 2012

OK, admit it. As you read the title to this post, you were wondering if this is an “R” rated post? Right?

Well, it does have an “R” rating… but “R” in this case stands for “Redemption.”

Jake, a high school student from Texas, spent his Spring Break on an I am Second Expedition to Lima, Peru. Half a world away, Jake teamed up with local church members in a middle class neighborhood in Lima to talk to people about Him who is First.

A glance down the street hinted at fear–there were iron bars covering just about every door and window in sight. Like her neighbors, Hester relied on those bars to separate her and her casita (little home) from those she feared.

But Jake was not deterred. His translator told Hester that Jake had come from the U.S. to share some good news. That led to chit chat, which developed into a spiritual conversation. As she showed interest, that progressed to an explanation, using the EvangeCube, of how to put Jesus first in her life. Hester decided to receive Jesus as her Savior.

Along with his translator and local church members, Jake returned to Hester’s casita to help her learn how to follow Jesus. Jake and his team used an I am Second group to do this. It was exciting to see Hester discuss the Bible the church members, breaking a pattern of isolation that had separated her from the local church.

Equipped with his pre-trip training and preparation, Jake overcame language, culture, age, gender, socio-economic, and even iron barriers. Perhaps one of the few stories about “Spring Break, women and bars” that has a happy and healthy ending.

What bars are holding you back? Why not go a step further and talk with the people in your life? Share the I am Second films with friends. What a gift it is to become Second.

Interested in going on an I am Second Expedition? Click here to learn more.

29Mar, 2012

Are you tired of being a spectator? Do you want to get in the spiritual game as a player? As we travel on I am Second Expeditions around the world, we see spectators turn into players as they help start I am Second groups.

Recently, we asked leaders from an I am Second Expedition to Colombia how effective the Yo Soy Segundo (I am Second) discipleship groups were in that country. Here is some inspiring feedback:

“Yo Soy Segundo is real, practical, and helps develop the spiritual the life not only of the new believer, but also the people from the church.”
– Bernardo Gonzalez

“The highlight of this expedition was leaving the evening meeting as four groups of Colombians were avidly pouring over a story from the Bible and discussing the six questions from the Yo Soy Segundo model. There were 15 new believers in those groups!”
– Mike Tremble

“The goal was always to connect those we met with to their local church. We only go where we are invited and where they want us to help. It was always good to leave knowing of that connection.”
– Bill Albert

“Yo Soy Segundo is the bomb! It turns the spectator into a participant! They are equipped with the necessary tools to fend for themselves. Their self-worth is nurtured, giving them the confidence they need to overcome the fiery darts that the enemy will soon be throwing at them, trying to discourage them when their pastor or leader isn’t around. The sooner they learn to feed themselves [the Bible], the sooner they’ll too be feeding others as well!”
– Edwin Varga (translator coordinator from Cali, Colombia.)

Go Global! Learn more about I am Second Expeditions and how God can use you to help start I am Second groups in other countries. Get in the game. Be a player.