AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES

Connecting people to God's Word in their own heart language

aka ASM   |   Holland, MI   |  http://www.audioscripture.org

Mission

Audio Scripture Ministries provides the Bible in audio so everyone will have the opportunity to hear God’s Word in their own heart language.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Mrs. Naomi Frizzell

Main address

760 S Waverly Rd

Holland, MI 49423 USA

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Formerly known as

Portable Recording Ministries

EIN

23-6296186

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Media, Communications Organizations (X80)

Hospice (P74)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine that your community is dying from a devastating illness. You have the cure in your hands, yet it’s written in a language that is unintelligible to you, and there’s no access to a translator or technology to help you understand the cure. Imagine your anguish and frustration. For millions of people who are oral communicators by necessity or preference, that’s what it’s like when their only access to God’s Word is a print Bible in a language they don’t know, or can’t read. They need God’s Word because it is life and hope; yet the Bible remains hidden and inaccessible. Since 1967, Audio Scripture Ministries (then known as Portable Recording Ministries International) has focused on reaching oral communicators with the Good News of Jesus. We believe that every person has a need, and a right, to hear God’s Word in a culturally and contextually-appropriate language and format. Millions are still waiting to hear the Good News, and we should not wait to share it. Now is the time.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Audio Scripture Ministries (ASM) helps connect people to God's Word in their own heart language by recording and distributing audio Bibles and Bible engagement resources.

ASM finds native speakers of a language and records them reading Scripture in their heart language—for the many people still waiting to hear God’s Word.

ASM also connects and equips networks of nationals, audio technicians, churches, missionaries, and others with the tools, training, and resources to reach those who can't, don't, or won't read.

ASM directly distributes audio Scriptures in Mexico and Mozambique, and works with hundreds of partners worldwide to bring God's Word where it is most needed.

In Mozambique, ASM also has distributes God's Word through integral mission programs, such as the Compassionate Care program, in which a local team is trained and equipped to bring palliative care to people otherwise living without health care options. The team addresses social, physical, spiritual and psychological issues while bringing audio Scripture materials to bring the hope and healing of the Gospel to those nearing the end of life. In 2018, New Harvest Farm was established to provide agricultural training in a program called "Farming with God," with the goal of bringing a new harvest, physically and spiritually. Addressing the issue of community food security has opened new doors for God's Word to take root in many lives.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of languages in which Bible resources were recorded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of audio Bible units distributed/placed with individuals or families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We estimate that each audio Bible impacts an average of 10 people. These audio Bibles were distributed in Mexico, Mozambique, and also in other countries through ASM's Holland, MI Resource Department.

Number of audio Bible resources distributed this year from the Holland, MI office

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of audio Bible programs, teachings, and resources loaded and distributed via audio Bible devices out of the ASM Resource Department in Holland, MI.

Number of Bible or Bible engagement recordings completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Recordings include Full Bibles, New Testaments, Old Testament Summaries, Single Books of the Bible, Jesus Films, Bible-based Agricultural / Health Teachings, and many other Bible Engagement Resources.

Number of languages in which Bible or Bible resources were distributed, in the last year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording and Distributing God's Word in Audio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Compassionate Care Hospice Visits completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Compassionate Care Team in Mozambique makes regular hospice care visits to bring physical and spiritual comfort to their patients, often traveling long distances by car, motorbike, and on foot.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ASM goals are to:

1) Produce audio recordings of the Bible in each language needed by people groups around the world, especially where many cannot read.

2) Distribute these Scripture recordings, either directly or through other ministries, to those desiring to listen.

3) Encourage an active, cooperative team effort among all Christian organizations to focus on the goal of providing God's Word in audio form wherever needed, including in the contexts of church ministry, evangelism, and integral mission.

4) Assist this effort by making the needed equipment and tools available to facilitate the ministry.

5) Cooperate with existing local churches and mission organizations to encourage and assist follow-up and continued Christian growth among all who respond to God's Word, including through ASM-led integral mission programs.

EXPLORE: New Partnerships; New Regions; New Resources; New Technology.
EXPAND: Prayer Support; Collaboration; Audio Library; Donor Base.
EMPOWER: National Leaders; National Ministries.
EXTEND: The Reach of God’s Word.

ASM has teams in Mexico and Mozambique actively recording and distributing the Bible where it is needed.

We work closely with trusted networks of national partners and churches to record, place or distribute audio Bibles, and share God's Word where it is most needed. Our teams are prayerfully considering new opportunities, resources, and tools to do so even more strategically.

ASM ministers from the foundation of collaboration and Gospel-partnership: alongside faithful prayer partners, donors, volunteers, and distribution partners. Together, we can help connect more people to the Bible in audio.

In 2019, this extended team comprised:
* 538+ Prayer Partners (church groups and/or individuals, interceding for ministry needs).
* 825+ Financial Partners (more than 636 individuals from 49 states; 117 churches; and 72 businesses and other organizations)
* 376+ Distribution Partners (individuals, couples, churches, and other organizations who delivered audio Bibles where most needed)
* 54 volunteers (investing more than 2607 volunteer hours)

We pray for the Lord to increase those who will invest in sharing the Bible with those who are still waiting to hear!

EXPLORING:
God has opened doors for ASM to explore partnerships with dozens of like-minded individuals, churches and ministries, so that more people will have access to God’s Word. God is opening new doors, and we’re prayerfully following Him!

EXPANDING:
Prayer: We recognize the importance of our prayer partners, and keep them updated with monthly printed prayer guides and weekly emails. Collaboration: We praise God for new partners in the last year, including Many Hands for Haiti, Genesis Waters, Paradise Bound, and many other individuals, churches, and ministries.
Audio Library: We celebrated 36 new recordings completed last year. Please pray for the 12+ new recordings already planned for 2020! Donor Base: Praise God for a 5% increase this year in total ASM donors. Worldwide, over 2 billion people have never heard the name of Jesus. How will they hear? (Rom. 10)

EMPOWERING:
ASM serves local Christian leaders passionate about reaching their communities by providing recording equipment, audio Bibles, and other assistance so more people can hear God’s Word. This year we’ve established solid relationships with national leaders in South Asia to begin new recording and distribution efforts in two new locations in 2020. We are asking God for the funding needed to effectively help these leaders get God’s Word into the hands of those who can’t, don’t, or won’t read.

EXTENDING THE REACH OF GOD'S WORD:
Praise God that 106,000 more people are now hearing the Bible in their own heart language this year because of the generosity of ASM donors, and our collaborative partnerships! Nearly a thousand pastors are better equipped to teach because they can hear the Bible in their language. God-willing, this time next year, thousands more will know the joy and hope of Jesus Christ through the new recordings and audio Bibles distributed next year. Together, let’s extend the reach of God’s Word, to His glory!

Financials

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AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 1/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamison Worst

David Hickey

Ann Hemmeke

Brian Petroelje

Tom Vanden Berg

Ryan Wood

Jamison Worst

Luanne Hoekzema

John Smith

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No