DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Iamsecond.com, the website of the I am Second movement featuring video stories of personal struggle, transformation and hope of celebrities and everyday people, received its 5 millionth visitor Monday morning.
Designed to help individuals discover hope, I am Second includes authentic film testimonies of "everyday" people and celebrities related to a variety of personal struggles, including abuse, addictions, pride, broken families and the search for meaning in life.
Launched in Dallas-Fort Worth in December 2008, iamsecond.com quickly spread virally worldwide. To date, the website has seen visitors from 217 countries/regions who have viewed over 20 million pages.
"When we started I am Second less than three years ago, we could have never imagined the overwhelmingly positive response it would get," said Mike Jorgensen, I am Second Director at e3 Partners, the organization behind the movement. "We daily receive emails and messages from individuals who have visited the website and seen their lives changed thanks to the powerful, raw testimonies of faith shared."
The initial concept for I am Second came about as a collaborative effort between e3 Partners and Dallas businessman Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, who desired to develop a campaign which could share his faith in an effective manner with the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
I am Second has since officially launched in Orlando, Fla., Evansville, Ind., and Kansas City, Mo., with several cities planned for the future. The I am Second films can be found on websites of international partners as well as YouTube.
"I am Second is much more than just a website. It is a movement of individuals living out their faith as second to Christ," Jorgensen said.
Numerous small groups and churches affiliated with I am Second are listed on the website, as well as study and promotional materials. Additionally, I am Second leadership has organized a volunteer program for those interested in helping out with events, as well as expeditions to locations around the globe in need of the message of being Second to Christ.
The I am Second movement is now readying for the next step in its outreach with the debut of its newest initiative – the I am Second book.
Slated to release from Thomas Nelson in January 2012, the I am Second book further chronicles 22 video testimonies, which individuals have embraced on the website, including Brian "Head" Welch; Josh Hamilton; Bethany Hamilton; "The Biggest Loser" season six winner Michelle Aguilar; Ultimate Fighting Championship star Vitor Belfort; Grammy® award-winning artist Michael W. Smith; and football stars McCoy and Bradford. Alongside each story, readers are given study group questions and an offer to view related testimonies to find the freedom Christ offers.
SOURCE I am Second