PERSPECTIVES: Ashley’s take on IA2 groups

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!

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