I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed the messages that I am Second and the 22-Day Challenge sends to the lost and saved world.
Approximately one year ago, someone shared the website with me and I have passed it on to others. The videos are so powerful and heartfelt.
While all of the speakers in the videos are diverse, I can see a glimpse of myself in them all. We all have a story and the main character is God.
Thank goodness for His Mercy and Grace.
Your ministry is a blessing and I pray God continues to bless others through your service.
We love it when people decide to follow Christ through our videos. But we love it when believers who watch are empowered to share even more. Check out this response:
“I just stumbled across your message while checking out Jason Castro Videos on You Tube. It couldn’t have been better timing. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and am in prayer for my family to come to the realization that He is real, and He is enough. I have shared a couple of the videos with my husband and am looking forward to sharing them with more people. Thank you for your obedience to our Heavenly father by putting this together to reach a lost world and share a message of hope and Truth. God bless all of you, Lisa.”
Have you shared with anyone today?
Jon was a long term project. His sister, Vicki, had been praying for him for 24 years. Around the first of January Jon saw the Colt McCoy I am Second commercial running on ESPN. He was out of town, but he went to his computer to check out www.iamsecond.com as soon as he got back home to Boise, Idaho on Jan 7th.
As Jon watched film after film, he was amazed how Jesus changed lives. Jon called Vicky, who lives way off in Atlanta, to see what she thought of the site. “It’s good, keep looking at it” she told him.
Jon spent 6 hours . . . yes, 6 hours . . . looking at videos. Then his heart could not hold back . . . he fell to his knees and talked to Jesus. Confessing. Worshipping. Putting his faith in He Who is First.
“Find an I am Second Group” caught Jon’s eye on iamsecond.com. As he clicked on the page, up popped a Google map right around his house. Jon didn’t know it, but that part of the website had gone live just 3 days before. But in God’s providence there already was a group registered near him. Probably not another one for 500 miles, but God had a group right there for Jon to find.
Jon connected with Jeremy, the group leader. Then tried out the group two days later. He loved it. “People there really are pumped about Jesus,” he told me on the phone.
Jon called Vicky to tell her the good news that he now believed in the Good News. Vicky’s joy overflowed to Mike R, one of her prayer partners. Mike R sent it on to Scott, one of our Board members who lives in Orlando. Scott knew I’d love the story, so he sent it on to me.
The rejoicing went from Boise to Atlanta to Orlando to Charlotte, where I was when I got Scott’s forward of Mike R’s forward of Vicky’s hallelujah email message. As I joined in the email celebration, Mike R asked where I am Second is headed next. When I responded that actually I was in Charlotte that very moment discussing launching there, Mike R mentioned that Apartment Life, the ministry he’s with, had just started work there.
A few hours later . . . I’m sitting across the table at a Starbucks in Charlotte talking to Nick, AL’s brand spanking new regional leader. Discussing how we might partner together. All because Jon trusted Christ in Boise a few days before.
The fingerprints of God . . . all over that whole thing. I can’t help but believe in a sovereign God who WILL accomplish His plans, and often in a way that only He gets the acclaim for pulling it off.
Also challenges me NOT to give up when praying for someone. For we never know when or how God will cause the spiritual dominoes to fall.
Here’s what Vicky told us later—
“I want to personally thank every person involved with this website for helping to bring my brother Jon to Christ. Jon and I were not raised together. We share an earthly father who struggled to give either of us what we needed emotionally. But now, after I have been praying for him since he was 15 years old – 24 1/2 years of prayers, God has drawn us together as children of the same heavenly father. A father who can love Jon in a way that he has never experienced before.
“The work that you are doing has such great eternal impact. My brother who was lost up until this day is now absolutely blown away by the love of Christ and his new life in him. And I have the privilege of sharing this with Jon and having new life breathed into my own spiritual walk – if DOES matter what we say, what we do, where we put our efforts, and how we nurture these over the years.”
People are looking for hope and change and God. Would you like to be there when they come looking? Register your group or ministry at http://iamsecond.com/join/.
-Mike, I am Second Coach
Have you ever heard of a cardboard testimony? Go to Youtube and take your pick. They are amazing. It’s a candid way to explain how Christ has changed your life. So what is yours? How is your life different because of Christ? Can you tell your testimony in a sentence or two?
The reason I ask is because many of you are buying t-shirts and bumper stickers. Many of you are posting I am Second to your profile. But what do you say when someone asks you what it is? You don’t want to scare them off by being cheesy. You want to be authentic. So, relating it to yourself, you can make your answer more genuine.
Here’s what I say:
“What is that?!”
“It’s a website where people from all walks of life tell their stories.”
“But what does that mean, I am Second?”
“For me, I am Second because my life was full of chaos and anger and now that I’m second it’s full of peace and joy. You should check out the website to learn more.”
I incorporate my I am Second testimony into the answer. So what’s your cardboard testimony, and how can you incorporate that into your answer when people ask about I am Second?
Your next challenge is to tell someone your cardboard testimony. I better get lots of answers from you guys ;-)!
I got a message from a guy today, “Just checking if this is the Shannon from the I am Second video? If so, I wanted to thank you for your testimony. I have a friend who is recovering from a similar situation. I am going to send her the link to your video.”
Here’s the thing: you have friends who are struggling. Think about it for a few minutes and you can probably think of one if not more. Now, can you think of a video that might encourage them? Send them a link to that particular video, and then go get coffee with them. “Hey, I saw this video and I thought you might enjoy watching it.” Wait a day. “Hey! Do you want to go grab coffee? Oh and by the way, did you check out that video I sent you?” Then ask him what he thought about it over cappuccino. You could so easily minister to someone who is having a hard time.
For all of your other friends who may not exactly be struggling right this second, invite them to the fan page. Who knows how they may be affected spiritually!
Up to this point, the sole I am Second communication on Facebook has been through our Group. Amazingly, there are 30,000 members. However, most people don’t take time to visit group pages on a regular basis. So three days ago, a Fan Page went up. Personally, I am really excited about this new form of communication, because it makes it easier to encourage, inspire , and inform people. I love it. After three days, there are already 2,500 fans and lots of discussion on the page. Who knew this type of page would be such a catalyst?
One thing I’ve seen that I found particularly exciting was a post from a guy named Mitchell. I had asked how people found the site and this is what he said:
“I saw where one of my FB friends had become a fan and so I checked it out. Of course I was hooked as soon as I saw it, became a fan and shared it with my Facebook friends.”
I’m encouraged by both of these messages because as each of these guys found a story inspiring, they immediately shared it. Have you done the same? Sending page suggestions is pretty painless and could have some great rewards. So tell some friends. Get some coffee with them. Join the fan page. Share it with your friends. And I’m looking forward to hearing some success stories from you J