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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 house.

''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 said.

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 Lord.''

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!

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