Writing an Engaging Story

One of the most important components of being a Good Soil Licensee is sending in updates! Twice a year (in the Spring and Fall) we'll ask you for an update on your:

  • Next training event
  • Next printing
  • Story (or stories) of a life changed through using a Good Soil resource
  • How we can help

As indicated in the title, this section is about stories. Rather than just talking about the principles of an engaging story, I decided to tell you one! However, if you're short on time, here are the key elements we are looking for in a story:

  • Background (context: historical / cultural / ministry)
  • Specific Story (their words / unique event / one person / a life changed)
  • Resource(s) - Include the name of the Good Soil resource(s) used.
  • Conclusion - Don't leave your reading hanging! Has their been continued follow-up? What's next?
  • Good Photos - Because a picture speaks a thousand words!

As you read the following story, try to look for each of the above listed elements. Now, grab cup of tea and read on...


KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Bhutanese refugees began arriving in the United States on Tuesday (3.25.08), the first wave of what the United Nations describes as one of the world's largest resettlement efforts.

The U.S. has offered to resettle 60,000 of the estimated 107,000 Bhutanese refugees of Nepalese origin now living in seven U.N. camps in southeastern Nepal -- their home for the past 17 years. Six other nations... have offered to resettle 10,000 each. Source

These refugees registered in refugee camps in eastern Nepal during the 1990s as Bhutanese citizens deported from Bhutan during the ethnic cleansing carried out by... Continue Reading.

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