Stories. Experiences. Testimonies. These words define individuals and communities across the globe. Within Christian circles conversion stories provide inspiration to fellow Christians and even those beyond the church. Our own reasons for coming to Christ are close to our hearts.Some testimonies are dramatic, some are more subtle but no less significant. ‘I am Second’ provides a unique online collection of powerful testimonies, many of them from people of high profile.
“I Am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.”
A dark room, a white leather chair, and an overhead light creates an intimate setting for these people’s stories. Given the setting, these stories and their corresponding videos are called ‘White Chair Films’. All of these films appear on the website IAmSecond.com in an easily navigable layout and can even be filtered on issues and topics. The website also provides some broad follow up questions and answers for those who might be wondering what it means ‘to be second’.
I am Second doesn’t just tell the testimonies of famous people but it’s the higher profile people that immediately grab attention. Exploring the stories of other lesser known people is perhaps more fascinating, such as the story of ‘Whispering Danny’, a well known tattoo artist in Kansas City who can’t speak higher than a whisper due to a medical condition. His testimony is made all the more riveting by his whispered tone. It’s this attention to people’s psychological reaction to various people, backgrounds and occupations that makes I am Second so effective – it appeals in conscious and subconscious ways. The cross-section of people is also large enough that finding a relatable video isn’t too difficult.
How can I use these films?
With most of the White Chair Films clocking in at around ten minutes each, they are less ideal for ‘on the spot’ evangelism and better suited to approaches that rely on relationship building and ‘seed sowing’. I am Second has such a range of people and backgrounds involved, there is sure to be a video that can strike a chord with anyone you are interacting with. It’s modern presentation and well-thought out design demands attention and respect, making it non-threatening and approachable.
These videos would also prove incredibly useful in a youth setting. Their high production value and issue oriented story telling coupled with the success of a great many of its interviewees will grab the attention of youth, providing useful insights into the struggles of a Christian life and the peace faith brings to even the darkest circumstances.
Below we highlight five great I am Second testimonies that are worth checking out.
1. Eric Metaxas – Biographer and Radio Host
Metaxas grew up in proximity to faith, but never owned it. Having being educated in the secular world of Yale University’s academia, he was romanced to faith by God’s habit of speaking in ways only we as individuals can understand. Now he is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books as well as a well regarded Christian commentator on politics, theology, and history. Watch his story here.
2. Lecrae – Rapper
From a fatherless childhood of crime and thuggery, to a two-time Grammy winning rapper with a reputation for philanthropy and positive cultural activism, testimonies don’t get much more powerful than Lecrae’s. Watch his story here.
3. Bethany Hamilton – Professional Surfer
As a promising young professional surfer from a Christian family, Hamilton’s life was devastated by a shark attack that took her arm. The story of her triumph over circumstance has inspired millions through her biography Soul Surfer. Ever since, she’s been an inspirational role model for people all over the globe. Watch her story here.
4. Brian ‘Head’ Welch – Rocker
Brian came to Christ from a world of drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. He saw God’s fatherly love for him as one he needed to pass along to his young daughter, who didn’t deserve to grow up in the world he was a part of as a member of the band, Korn. As a result, he left his rockstar lifestyle and began a new journey of meaning that eventually led him back to where he came from, but now with a new purpose and responsibility. Watch his story here.
5. Jim Munroe – World Class Magician
A skeptic who faced the reality of mortality when he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, Jim Munroe thought faith was simply an ‘illusion’ until all he could do was have faith in dire circumstances. Now someone else’s blood runs through his veins and he’s living a new life. Watch his story here.
To check out all of the White Chair Films, head over to the website IamSecond.com.