UNSHACKLED! Story Desk, Pacific Garden Mission
1458 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-281-1263 / Fax: 312-492-9414
REVIEW THE DETAILS REQUESTED VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE SENDING YOUR STORY PACKET TO US.
Attached are forms requesting information that will help us become familiar with your story. This will enable the Radio Committee to make an evaluation regarding the potential use of your story on UNSHACKLED!
PLEASE SEND TO US:
Photograph—A picture is worth a thousand words and a photo of you (and your family, if applicable) is necessary to complete your file.
Written Testimony—Your written testimony must be detailed. We need to know where, who, when, why, how, your age at each point, etc. We also need to be aware of speech patterns and accents. We prefer a typed testimony; however, if it is handwritten, it must be legible. In order to write a script, we must have seven to fifteen pages or more of information from you. We will likely follow up your first submission with additional questions to enable us to gain further and deeper insight.
Note: Absolutely no video tapes will be accepted!! Testimonies on other recorded media or within a book can be accepted with permission only. Let us know if you are having problems in this area.
Prepare a normal progression of your life story. Begin with birth through middle school, including events in your home, school, community, etc. Then continue through high school and college years. Each period should include incidents, patterns set in your life, conversations with friends, dates, etc. Tell of spiritual encounters in your life prior to salvation and at the time of conversion. Include Scriptures you heard and from whom. Also tell us names, ages, speech information of people in your story. Also include significant places, your thoughts and reactions in important situations, etc. Times and events are very important. Without Christ everyone’s life is on the wrong track. How was yours wrong? Why was it wrong?
Tell about your conversion, exactly as it happened. Tell where you were, the Scripture presented, what you prayed, how you felt, who was present, give names and conversation. What has God done in your life since salvation? Explain if there were steps involved in getting victory in certain areas of your life. What has He enabled you to do or become? Is there anything you can share to encourage a listener in coping with similar life difficulties?
Voice Recording A recording of your voice allows our director to more effectively select the cast for the production. We suggest a simple greeting of your choice. You may call 312-281-1271 and leave a message. If you are married, please have your spouse do the same. Review your recording to be certain your voice can be heard. This step can be completed after story is approved.
References—Each individual whose testimony we dramatize must be living in close fellowship with Jesus Christ, according to the teachings and commands of the Bible. For that reason, we must pursue references from those who can attest to your spiritual consistency. Please cite persons for references who are not related to you in any way. If you are a pastor, your references need to be deacons, elders, or the Chairman of your church board.
Below are the names of those who know me well. One is my pastor. Two of them are from persons who help hold me spiritually accountable, or they are at least aware of my spiritual life. The last reference is from my current or former employer or supervisor.