Al Jaynes had always taken easy access to
Bibles for granted.
Until 1995, when a Philippine minister told
him that a Bible in his country costs four
to five days in wages. Jaynes and his wife
went home and counted 22 Bibles in their
''Eighty-five percent of Christian
literature is printed in America. We are
just saturated with this stuff. Most people
don't see the need, and they just throw it
away. But to the rest of the world it's like
gold. It's precious to them,'' Jaynes said.
Jaynes began thinking of creating a ministry
to collect and send Bibles to those in need
around the world. He discussed his dream
with a man who had been smuggling Bibles
into Cuba, and found himself making the trip
to the communist island in May 1997.
''That pushed me over the brink in seeing
people who had never had been able to have a
Bible. I saw people line up, pushing and
shoving for a Bible in these little towns.
It was like giving candy to a child,'' he
Those experiences led to the birth of TORM
(Times of Refreshing Ministries). The name
is taken from Acts 3:19, which says ''Repent
therefore and return, that your sins may be
wiped away, in order that times of
refreshing may come from the presence of the
Heartland Ministries Radio is happy to
partner with Al and TORM: please bring your
old Bibles and Christian literature to our
offices at 219 College Street in Hardin,
Kentucky, and we'll get them to Al. Thanks!